Monsoon Season Double Rainbow Near Many Farms! ~ Navajo Nation
After a trip to Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah, taking a road less traveled back to Arizona seemed like a good choice. I still had a second day off from the job at the Grand Canyon, so I headed south on Highway 191 through the Navajo Nation toward the town of Holbrook. Holbrook has some nice old fashioned Route 66 style lodging options and this town is a good jumping off point for destinations in eastern Arizona.
I had never traveled on Highway 191 through the vast Navajo Nation in the past, so I kept the camera handy in case I ran across some interesting sights along the way. As is turned out, Highway 191 first goes through some Arizona high desert terrain and there are a few picturesque mesas and rock outcrops. After passing through the community of Many Farms in Apache County, vast agricultural areas can be seen along this highway going south near Chinle. Riding through the lush green Navajo farmland shortly after going through the barren desert expanse up by Kayenta actually is a captivating thing to do! The green surroundings seem so odd after looking at nothing but sand, rocks and sagebrush all day long. The summer monsoon season rain storms contribute to the lush green effect and these slow moving storms can create a few surprises too.
One such monsoon season storm was passing through the Many Farms region in the Navajo Nation while driving south on Highway 191 and it left plenty of light misty rain along its path. Misty rain on a bright sunny day in the desert is practically guaranteed to result in one of the prettiest optical phenomenon of them all, which is bright shining full rainbow!
I kept looking in the direction of the storm with the hopes of watching a rainbow start to form. All of a sudden it was as if somebody turned on a light switch, because a full arching rainbow took shape within a matter of seconds over the farmland. The rainbow was so big that I actually could not squeeze it into the picture frame when snapping the photos. Then the big bright rainbow went double, which is a very rare sight to see!
Of course, taking a few pictures of my old 392 cubic inch Hemi Challenger that I dearly miss with the rainbow in the background was well within order while there. That was the second Dodge Challenger that I had and both were flawlessly reliable. The red Scat Pack Challenger covered over 70,000 miles of travel to western destinations for the Wild West Destinations Website and it was a great wide open road car. The only problem was that it was the most powerful normally aspirated production muscle car in the world, so it really ate up sets of performance tires at a rapid rate. The reason why is because nine inch wide rims were installed by the factory to increase fuel mileage and only soft performance tires could be installed for safety reasons. With that combination, a set of tires only lasted 17,000 miles on the average, without doing any burnouts. I later switched to the wider Dodge Hellcat rims and the soft performance tires then actually lasted over 23,000 miles, which was a big improvement. For those who want to rack up plenty of miles on the wide open roads out west in a reliable big block Hemi Challenger, opting for the wide body edition with the 11 inch wide wheels definitely is the way to go.
Interest in Navajo Tourism has grown in recent years for many good reasons and with the increase in popularity more tourists are driving on the old two lane highways in the vast Navajo Nation. Every road that goes through the homeland of the Navajo is guaranteed to be a memorable scenic drive and stopping to smell the roses along the way will make the experience all the better. For this reason, pulling off on the side of the road in a place deep in Navajo farm country to look at a beautiful monsoon season rainbow is a great thing to do! Scenic views like this surely will provide peaceful memories that last a lifetime!