In looking over our itinerary, we realized that we had just enough unallocated time to zip over to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon before heading east, so that’s what we did. We didn’t have time to hike down into it, but we did stop at several viewpoints, including a lookout tower. Then we drove through the Hopi Indian reservation, which was one of the things I had really wanted to see. I read part of The Book of the Hopi in college, and so when I realized during the planning stages that we’d be in that area, I insisted that we drive through it.
At Canyon de Chelly, we drove along the South Rim and hiked down to the White House Ruin, where we chatted with several Indians selling jewelry (and bought a necklace). That night we stayed at the only lodging within the monument, Thunderbird Lodge.