Frontier Fun

The next day, we said goodbye to Monument Valley and drove north on Hwy 163.

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Our destination for the evening was Cortez, CO.


For us, though, it’s really not about getting from here to there.  It’s what you find along the way that makes the trip memorable.

One of the towns we went through was Mexican Hat.  So named because of this rock formation

We stopped to get some pictures and stretch our legs and came across this field of stacked rocks.

I can see the attraction and temptation to create your own masterpiece.   Purists call it ‘graffiti of the west’ but many people do this as an expression to their spiritual connection with the earth.

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Lots of faith in some little rocks

Either way, it was an interesting stop and gave us a chance to enjoy our surroundings (without rain!)

IMG_0018 (2)-001As we continued on, we stopped for gas in Bluff, UT.  The historic site of Bluff Fort was nearby so we thought we would check it out giving us another opportunity to stretch.



They had me at cookies

Bluff Fort was built by the Mormons and provides visitors with a glimpse of their life in the late 1880’s.



As we were roaming the grounds, a volunteer asked if we would like our picture taken in the covered wagon.


Sure!  It would be fun to have a group picture to remember the day.  “The only catch is,” she says, “we would like you to dress in period clothing.”  Not a big deal for Laurie and I, but not quite sure we can convince the guys.  So we talked up how rugged and handsome they would look in Mormon clothing and finally convinced them to join us.


The minute we put on the clothes, we transformed into wild west pioneers–with attitude.



Looks like they’ve been on the trail wayyyyy too long



This is one of the original wagons used to blaze the trail to Bluff, Utah.  More importantly, behind the wagon, against the building, is a gorgeous black hollyhock.  They were also full of seeds so, (with permission), I collected some to add to my growing collection.

Then we had a cookie and decided we’d better head ’em up and move ’em out.

Looks like rain, boys.



About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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6 Responses to Frontier Fun

  1. Love this. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I have been to Cortez, but I think we brushed by Monument Valley. Great photos! 🙂


  2. I love these fascinating spots you find…and the scenic views of these rocks just takes my breath away!


  3. Wow, we have come so far since 1880. Can you imagine how harsh their lives were? And what would they think if they could see Las Vegas with all its lights and toilets that flush when you stand up. Absolutely GREAT photo of everyone in the covered wagon.


  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I cannot look at these wagons and buildings and marvel at the people that used an built them. Today, many people move cross-country and no matter how awful the trip, it is leap years ahead of what these people endured. It really is remarkable that anyone, let alone groups of people, made it. I once had a black hollyhock. Max took a special liking to it and, well, he killed it with kindness, so to speak. 🙂


  5. what great memories and awesome scenery! I love the covered wagon pics! It looks like so much fun!


  6. Looks like a couple of bona fide pioneers to me! Love that part of Utah, especially the rock formations. Never heard of Fort Bluff, looks very interesting.


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