I was eagerly anticipating taking the iconic photo of Monument Valley on US 163 heading southwest from Mexican Hat. The spot where Forest Gump stopped running. Around 8:30 AM I crested a hill and there it was before me. I pulled into the small gravel parking area on the right. I wasn’t alone. This morning there was a mini-van and group of 6 Chinese tourists milling about in the middle of the road taking pictures. My first thought was “This is great. I’ll have someone to take my picture and I won’t need to setup my tripod.” I parked in the gravel, got out my camera and took a few pictures. Almost immediately one of the men came up to me and the conversation went something like this.
Tourist: “She would like to take a picture with you”
Tourist: “Yes, she would like to get a picture with you”
Me: “You want me to take a picture of all of you?”
Tourist: “No, just you and her”
Me: “She wants to have her picture taken with me?”
Me: “Well, sure. Why not!”