A Big Rock and a Town

August 15, 2019

Shiprock. The rock that inspired a town.

Cruising along the all-but-deserted two-lane Highway 160 after our stop at Four Corners we catch Hwy 64 heading back east. The windows are down and we enjoy the fresh air. We are back in New Mexico. Shiprock juts up on the horizon.

I begin photographing waaaay before we even get close, but it’s just so fascinating. Me, who finds faces and animals in rocks everywhere, just can’t “see” the ship in this rock pushing up out of the ground around it.  Someone did, though, and I continue to stop and snap photos.

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As we get closer the haze lessens. I kind of get the sense of the sails on a ship.  Read about this interesting rock, it’s formation history and Indian legends HERE

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Thunderheads form quickly in the Southwest.

Finally getting enough of this huge outcropping of rock, we head into the town of Shiprock.  Located along the San Juan River there is some farming going on here, and once out of town and heading on to Farmington, I again stop to photograph rock. I love the way the verdant green of the cottonwood trees contrasts with the buffy brown of these sandstone cliffs.

It’s warming right up and we spend some time along the highway in the shade of the cottonwoods. I take The Boys for a walk in the abundant shade even though it’s along the highway.  There’s a wide band of dirt and plenty of room to park.

Our next destination is over 100 miles away, and I do not want to begin that journey so late in the day, so we continue on to Farmington about a 40 mile drive.

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It’s sweltering here, and road work on the main drag is in full swing.  I am ready to call it a day. We find Walmart and a spot with some decent shade and wait for evening. Hopefully when the sun gets lower in the sky it will give a bit more relief from the heat.

I am not anticipating a cool night and good sleep, but am grateful for the shade we do have.  With the doors open and the fan going it’s tolerable.  It’s time like these, in a public place, that my lace curtains on the side doors do what I meant for them to do —- keep us out of the public eye, but I can see out and some air can get in.

Hugs, Shawna