Of course it was sunny in Phoenix: locals complained of 108F temperatures during the day. We didn't mind the heat at all and a day was spent buying supplies and getting used to the Arizona pace while driving our rental Ford, soon nicknamed the "Hearse".When the great day arrived we piled up in the TJ. This car must be referred to as the "Burro" as it was heavily loaded with camping gear and food on the roof and on a tray suspended from the sturdy "receiver hitch" at the rear.
Next we took the I40 and 180 to the Southern entrance to the Petrified forest, where we made a few short hikes amongst the petrified logs.Later the afternoon sun cast a beautiful light on the rocks of the painted desert.
Of course we could have spent days there, but our main goal was the Canyon de Chelly, so after a good meal at a very scenic restaurant(for sale) at the 190 we followed that same road into the night. Towards Chinle, our main port into the canyon. The wind was still blowing, so we were happy have our room in the Motel.
Before we would rendezvous with our Navajo guides the group visited Three turkey ruins overlook. On the way back into Chinle the wind increased to quite a sandstorm. When we arrived into town visibility was down to zero, so we stopped at a petrol station. Later we found that most windscreens of the Jeeps in our group had severely pitted and even some driving lights were damaged by flying debris. Later we met our guides at the visitor center and we drove into the canyon to our specially reserved camping spot right next to the Antelope house ruins
You can see recorded GPS data here