After hiking the .7 mile (1.12 km) downhill winding through the fins and hoodoos…
…we found a place a little off trail and across a dry wash to have lunch and enjoy the views looking up.
First part of the return hike was easy and took us past many awesome sights.
Then we came upon the start of “Wall Street,” a narrow crack between the fins to begin our assent.
And this our warning.
Yet I felt surrounded by an ancient serenity.
As the elders looked down upon us, the small.
And many of us walked this trail (some dressed for a casual walk along the NY Wall Street)…
…below more of the stone people.
I pause so often to take photos…
…I barely notice the climb as strenuous.
Maybe the ancients give me strength.
We neared the top and joined the heads of stone.
Mike said he had a stiff neck from all the looking up.
Now we looked back down.
Such a magical and captivating landscape that I want to return and immerse myself among these Ancients again.
The Navajo Loop trail is only 1.3 miles (2 km) long with a 550 foot (167 m) drop in elevation but it took us four hours to hike and over 1000 photos between us.