Four Corners U.S.A.

After a 12 day visit to Canyon de Chelly near Chinle, Arizona, I drove the motorhome 140 miles to Cortez, Colorado yesterday.

It was the first time for me to drive the motorhome since the tragic accident ten days ago. My chest is still wrapped with the  elastic bandage and I’m still taking my pain medications. I really would have preferred a shorter trip for the first day, but this area is so remote I had to drive that far to reach this city with a population of 8,284 at an elevation of 6,200 feet. We passed through a lot of empty space yesterday.. Mary took this photo with my camera…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Along the way we passed through a location known as Four Corners. This is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point…Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Through the magic of Google Earth, I can show you an image of what it looks like directly overhead from an elevation of 6,367 feet above the site. Since this image has due North at the top of your computer screen, you can see the four states. Like looking at a clock, 12-3 is Colorado,  3-6 is New Mexico, 6-9 is Arizona and 9-12 is Utah…

The site is maintained by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. Here’s their official website link…
http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/fourcorners.htm

Down on the ground, this is what it looks like…

The marker is in the center of this plaza…

Once there, everyone performs this ritual. Here’s Mary doing her thing. Her left arm is in New Mexico, her right arm in Arizona, her right foot in Utah and her left foot in Colorado…

In each quadrant there is a brass replica of each state’s seal…

The area is really remote…no electricity, no running water, no telephones…for miles. I took this photo looking North…Utah on the left, Colorado on the right…

40 miles later we arrived in Cortez, Colorado where we are parked at American Legion Post #75…

I expect we will be in this area for 2-3 days…seeing the sights.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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