Beauty in the Backyard

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Almost everyday I feel as if the world is passing me by, and that at this exact moment I need to be on the next plane out to the grassy slopes of Machu Picchu, or the Fairy Pools of Scotland, to be anywhere and everywhere but here. Yet time and time again I must remind myself of all the adventures and wonders awaiting me in my very backyard. Traveling should not always be about some far off and distant land, sometimes it’s about enjoying the marvels that are beckoning you within your very reach.

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Monument Valley, Arizona was just the place! I had always seen this beautiful stretch of land in several of my favorite movies: Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future, but I never truly grasped how sacred and treasured this valley really is to the Navajo people who live there. To preserve and respect this land, it is impossible to see some of these sites without a cultured and native guide. Our guide was amazing, and took us to beautiful arches, ruins, petroglyphs, and lookouts.

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We were even taken to a hogan, where a Navajo woman was waiting inside to show us how wool is made and turned into beautiful rugs and blankets. She sat me down and brushed my hair with Buffalo Weeds, then tied my hair in a beautiful bun using only a piece of string!

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Monument Valley is one of the most tranquil and magnificent places I have ever been. Such rich culture, views that will take your breath away, and a history that is just as ancient as anywhere else. Never forget to find the beauty in your backyard.

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And here’s a nice high kick picture.

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