Navajo legend tells of  Spider Woman who lived on top of the 800 foot column teaching the Navajo how to weave.  She is also known for gathering up the naughty children and taking them to the top of the column to eat them, leaving the white bones on top as a message to the others.  

Legend or not, I am certain the Navajo children didn’t think twice about completing their chores, and were home before the setting of the sun.

It was raining when we walked the quarter-mile to Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly and I didn’t care. I had wanted to see this 800’ spire since we moved to Arizona.  It has defied gravity for 1000’s of years.  It brings us a lesson in hillside/sandstone erosion, and brings questions about the mystique of the Navajo.


Shorts and t-shirts in the blustery rain is not our usual modus operandi, but we pressed on.  This connection to ancient civilizations is a gift from Mother Nature, and we are humbled that it is still inhabited today.

A handful of tourists, just ahead of us, took the obligatory photo and rushed back to their warm vehicles.  We stayed longer than was comfortable,  and returned to the trail reluctantly.

Ah, just one more look.  A peek from the sun would sure be nice.  

And just like that…someone heard.

Impeccable timing?  You decide.


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Wind Kisses, Donna

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