This gray area was one of the few places we saw tracks from four-wheelers, a common phenomena in the rural east. I don't know if it is because the ground is hard so it doesn't leave tracks from the tires, or because the open areas are so vast that people seldom travel the same place enough to leave tracks, but we seldom saw evidence of four-wheelers used for play. The mound in this area is an exception.
Today we again passed by many traditional Native American homes with a round hogan. "Hogan" is a Navajo word that roughly means "home place" but it is more than that. The hogan is shelter but is also a place for family activities, the center of their religion.
There are several projects currently happening that cause modern relocation of large amounts of Indians, both by the United States government and by the Indian government. This causes a housing shortage. The United States government has responded by providing square houses which are currently more efficient to be built.
Navajo ceremonies must be held in a round building with the door facing east. While we saw hogans built out of a variety of materials, we also saw built out of adobe, both sides and roof.
A few roadside stands enticed us to stop and buy some jewelry or other crafts. I am not a shopper so it didn't take long to get tired of looking. Some of the crafts were nicely done but many of the necklaces were similar to ones friends made back home.
One roadside stand was set up beside the bridge across the Rio Grande, a small bridge that shook with each car that crossed. As it was a very windy day and a deep gorge, I chose to hand the camera off to Jeff for photos.
|Rio Grande Arizona|
You can see how windy it is. I had to hold my shirt or it would be cheap thrills for the southwest.So finally we made it to the world famous, the One, the Only, Grand Canyon.
Looking at the ceiling of the first floor is almost as good as looking at the canyon. logs are laid, interlocking, to form the roof.