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    Classified Mission To Monument Valley

    May 16-17, 2015*

    I am on a confidential two week mission; if the narration seems brief and a little incomplete, that’s because it is.

    I was met in the ghetto of Long Beach on Saturday morning to begin a seven hour drive to Flagstaff, Arizona.

    The first leg of my mission was to make it to Monument Valley, Utah.

    Stagecoach 1939
    The first movie to use Monument Valley as a location was Stagecoach, filmed in 1938.

    Since then, dozens of films have been made in the valley, or featured in part.

    And yes, there is a lot more to Monument Valley than just a movie location.

    Gas prices in California
    The price of gas in California, near the Arizona boarder.

    World's biggest golf ball.
    We passed the world’s biggest golf ball.

    It was a long drive – not for a trucker, but for me.

    We spent the night at a Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ.

    There, I was told of the location of several sealed envelopes for various contingencies including hospitalization, vegetative state and death.

    I hope the journey ends with those envelopes still sealed and not in my possession.

    After a night’s rest, the journey continued for another three hours to Monument Valley.

    Gas prices in Arizona
    The price of gas in Arizona – Note to self, buy gas in Arizona before crossing back in to California.

    It was a journey over a two-lane, two-way highway – a lights-on all the way, daylight journey.

    On the way to Monument Valley
    Me outside of Monument Valley.

    Right before we got to the “Monument Valley Welcome Center,” we crossed in to Utah.

    $20 was paid to the Navajo Nation to cross in to the Indian Reservation.

    WARNING: There is NO alcohol (a.k.a. Fire Water) sold on the Indian Reservation.

    I couldn’t tell if real Indians worked on the reservation, or if they were Mexicans dressed as Indians.

    Me at Monument Valley
    Me at Monument Valley.

    Please do not bathe in the restroon sinks
    Yes, you can get dusty there – I guess bathing in their restrooms has been a problem.

    Monument Valley
    Monument Valley from the Hotel.

    Me and Monument Valley
    John Wayne Monument Valley
    Is there much difference between me and John Wayne, except he stood seven inches taller than me and smoked five packs of cigarettes a day?

    The drive back to Flagstaff, AZ seemed a lot shorter than the drive out.

    The one thing that was not factored into this leg of the trip?

    Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation – that presented some undisclosed problems.

    Onto the second leg of the journey today.

    More to come…

    *Post delayed due to security and other reasons.


    1. Man if you didn’t have sunglasses on I would have thought I was looking at a color and black and white version of the same person.

      Comment by Chipper — May 18, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

    2. You have boobs and John Wayne doesn’t.

      Comment by Corbin — May 20, 2015 @ 8:47 am

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