Sorry to here you are "trapped". Careful what you ask for, there are times this So Cal "boy" feels trapped here in SW CO, I miss the Pacific.
Golden is nice, daughter just started her third year at Mines and she loves the town, not so much the wind though.
Well do enjoy your trip.
P.S. If you are at Monument Valley on I believe Sept 13, at sunset, the west mitten will cast it's shadow on the east mitten.