I cross the border back into Arizona, pass Lake Powell and the town of Page alongway highway 89. One of the dirt roads that sprout off this highway will take me to the Sheep Ranch on Navajo land, Shash Dine.
High on the plateau that overlooks the Colorado river and Horseshoe Bend is where I find the settlement. A few houses are built close by each other, most likely for the property owners. Further off in the distance I can make out a couple of covered wagons, a cube shaped structure, and some pavilions which look to make up the camp area for guests.
A dog as big as a horse warmly greets me with its bark as a Navajo woman emerges from the home. We exchange greetings, then drive over to settlement. We park and she gives me a quick lay out of the property. Outhouses located in one section, fire pit in another, sleeping quarters in yet another locale. She then leaves me alone, as I’m the sole traveler staying on the ranch this winter’s night.
The Kyoob is one of the most unique structures I’ve slept in so far. I get a fire going to warm the place up before nightfall, then go walking the dirt roads to explore the property. The views are spectacular as I see the landscapes left from the slow carving of rock that the Colorado river has worked on over a millenia or two.
NIght comes and the clear night showcases the stars above in a wonderful scene. The moon dances across the desert land.
Morning comes and my breakfast is delivered outside my Kyoob door just as the sun rises. The coffee steam is rising quickly as I bring the meal in from the freezing cold outside.