So we went to Canyon de Chelly National Monument and broke ALL of our furniture!
Seriously. All of the furniture.
The road didn’t even seem that bad, it was just like being out on the ocean with large swells. Swells are way better than chop. But I guess the furniture didn’t think so since it’s pretty used to chop on all the washboard roads we frequent.
When I opened the door, there were about 50 little ball bearings all over the floor, a handful of screws and a nail. It turns out that all the ball bearing were from our shoe drawer in the sofa and the screws were from various chairs. I’m still not sure where the nail came from. Now the shoe drawer is just on the ground – it’s not a drawer anymore.
Oh well, I hate this furniture anyway. After living in the RV for four years we’ve worn it right out. Our chairs are broken and the pillows on the sofa are crushed.
Our summer project is a reno – we’re going to build a day bed in place of the sofa (keeping the shoe drawer), build a decent work space for Ray (because I’m hogging the dining room table), and replace the two recliners with one really nice one.
But it was all worth it to get to the campground at the top of the ridge nearest Spider Rock so I could pop over there for my sunset shot.
I had no idea the last rays of light were going to glow off the rock in the background until it happened since this was my first evening in the park. What an awesome park! It’s definitely on the “return to” list and next time hopefully we’ll have better furniture.
Jim Powers says
Canyon de Chelly is full of beautiful photographs. Spider rock is the best, but there are others as well.
You have inspired me to get back over there and have another go at capturing it with the camera.
Doug Worrall says
Thank you for sharing your work, I doubt I will ever see this beauty in this lifetime
and this is really good work as usual., I also shared this post on my facebook account, .
Wow! What a gorgeous photo. We camped there two years ago, and I don’t remember the roads being so horrible, but maybe it was just time for your furniture to explode. Anyway, it was worth it for such a beautiful image.
Who knew purple could be orange with just the flip of the sun switch!?!
Wow! Fantastic photo. You were definitely in the right place at the right time. As far as furniture goes I found some that I REALLY like at Home Reserve. I’m going to get rid of the hide-a-bed sofa that came with my RV. I don’t need another bed and the current sofa is really heavy. At Home Reserve the love seat will not take up quite as much room and there is storage under the cushions. It comes in two boxes and you put it together. My biggest challenge now is how to get the old couch out. I encourage you to take a look at their site and check out all the features and choices. No I wasn’t paid to write this. I don’t own one yet but it is on my to buy list for sure.
John S says
Great picture. I used to live in St Johns, AZ, just a few miles from Petrified Forrest. I was able to go to Canyon de Chelly all four seasons. It was a short day trip. It was a not well known treasure. Do they still have the trip through the canyon in old army trucks? Was lots of fun. Lots of photo ops.
J Dawg says
Nice photo. I was just there a few weeks ago.. Such a lovely place. I recall the road coming from Gallup had some good size dips. Plus there were quite a few cattle guards in the road. We stayed at Cottonwood campground.
Bill Gordon says
Forget all about the Grand Canyon (and the hoards of tourists,) Canyon de Chelly is the PLACE! We passed through the area in early May 2015 on our way from Farmington NM to Gallup NM.
Of six thousand images, I selected ten to display. Two of the from Canyon de Chelly.
Yes, the road between Canyon de Chelly and Gallup is not for the faint of heart. Our Jeep Patriot got tested, but survived. WARNING: road numbers, road names, and (helpful) landmarks just do not exist on ‘The Reservation’ in Arizona and our Garmin got as lost as we did. We finally hailed down a local in a pickup truck and asked for directions. We followed him several miles back to where we went off course at speeds that would trill a seasoned off-road racer. We were packing New Hampshire maple syrup and gave them a quart.