I'm a bit behind, due to the massive lack of phone reception/wifi in the middle part of the US. Firstly, a few people have asked me the following questions:
Did you hear about all those people in New Mexico who died from eating cantaloupe? Did you eat any cantaloupe in New Mexico? Are you okay?
The answer to all these questions is: yes.
Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation, which is the largest semi-autonomous Native American reservation in the US. It's stunning.
The other people booked for our tour didn't show, so we got a private tour with our local Navajo guide, Larry. He told us all about the Navajo people (actually, Navajo is a Spanish mistranslation of Diné, which means "we, the People"), and many stories about the Valley. We went on the backroads that the big tours don't access, on vinyl seats bolted to the back of Larry's pickup, with the wind in our hair. He sang us traditional songs in a stunning natural amphitheater. It was one of the highlights of our trip.