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A baby #thunderhead builds up over #ManyFarms on the #Diné #Navajo nation in #NorthernArizona during the #monsoon in #August. This year we set a record for the most flash flooding deaths in recent memory. It’s smart to stay out of canyons during and HINT of bad weather. #cloudporn #cottonwood #sky #summer #outdoors #rezlife #navajonation #chinle #lukachukai #canyondechelly #wilderness (at Manyfarms Chapter House)

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Canyon de Chelly

Our friend, who we met last year in Sedona, met us for two days of exploring around his hometown of Chinle, AZ. The small town is located in the heart of Navajo Nation and it’s filled with natural wonders mostly unknown to the outside world. George knows the landscapes like the back of his hand and that meant we saw a few places that you can’t find on any maps. 

The area is probably best known for Canyon de Chelly which is a series of sand-stone canyons that are off-limits to non-navajo people. There’s a single trail which leads down to “White House Ruins” and offers a chance to peak at how the Anasazi people lived nearly 5000 years ago.

Of course we hiked this trail, and explored places that would have been impossible to find on our own.

photo notes:

  1. George (on the right) poses with us at an unnamed rock formation in Chinle
  2. closeup of the whitehouse ruins…
  3. …and a wide shot of the same ruins
  4. viewpoints along Canyon De Chelly
  5. “no photos of Navajo people without permission”
  6. unnamed natural arch
  7. foot truck serving modern Navajo fare
  8. a navajo taco
  9. Canyon de Chelly
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