We needed to do some shopping for a new mattress, so yesterday we decided to drive a loop to the Four Corners Monument, Shiprock, and end up in Farmington when Tom had found several mattress stores.
We drove through Cortez and into the desert until we reached the Four Corners Monument. This is the point where the states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona all come together.
Now, my brother had posted some pictures on FB from when our Grandma was there 40+ years ago, and it looks like it was much more accessible then.
It looks like it was just a stop along the side of the road back then, but now it’s an “attraction” run by the Navaho Nation, and you have to pay $3 per person to enter . . . Tom wanted to skip it, but we drove all that way, so I made him pay and go in!
The Monument itself looks pretty much the same,
with the addition of each of the state flags, and raised platforms for taking pictures.
There’s a new marker, too . . .
and the entire area is surrounded by Indian vendors selling their crafts.
It definitely qualifies as a “Tourist Trap” now!!
From there, we drove through Arizona,
and back into New Mexico where we passed the iconic “Shiprock”, which Bryce says doesn’t look anything like a ship!
After a quick stop at McDonald’s for sundaes, we drove to Farmington to lay on as many mattresses as we could. We didn’t buy one, though, and Tom continued the internet search once we got home!
Back at the campground, the days are getting warmer and we’re waiting for the pool to be opened!! Tonight we finally got a closer look at the new horses across the street,
until Casey started barking and scared them all away, that is!
We walked back towards the campground and saw this little guy on the road . . . not sure what kind of snake it was, but he didn’t appear threatened by us.
Another beautiful evening in Colorado!