Traveling across America means the occasional six o clock wake up call and sleepy eyed coffee stop. On the day we stopped at Monument Valley the rain was flooding the dirt road and causing umbrella-wielding tourist hazards.
Along the way we passed through the Navajo Nation and what is called "the painted desert". The different colours of the rocks and sandstone gives the sense that someone has simply swabbed thick slabs of colour onto a canvas. These colours dance and change as the light of the day moves through (although with our lingering rain and mist it seemed its artist had gone into hiding for the day).
Sheltering from the weather inside the Monument Valley visitor centre I became immersed in the story of the Trail of Tears and later the The Long Walk- the forced movement of Native Americans who lived in the region by the government thereby opening the area for white settlement. Many of those relocated died on the difficult journey from disease, starvation and exposure as they were forced to walk miles and miles from their homeland.
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Hope you are all having a lovely mid week, x eva