Thursday, March 27, 2014

Antelope Slot Canyon ~ 9/27/13

This was our last full day in Page, Arizona, and we spent a few hours touring Antelope Sot Canyon. It was beautiful. And other than our tour guide informing us that they occasionally get 5 minute warnings to vacate due to flash floods, it was a worthwhile trip. Before we drove off, we were treated to a Native American hoop dance which was very cool but in a ridiculous setting in an old gas station. Can't find a picture to save my life but probably just as well as I found the backdrop less than respectful of this great heritage. But here are the canyon photos.
The tour was a little clogged with other tours, and hearing about the five minute flash flood warning made us panic a little as we headed back through the canyon to the parking lot but we survived the dusty jeep ride back to live another day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Grand Canyon, South Rim ~ 9/26/13

The next day we took a trip to the Grand Canyon. We had been here back in 2007 but to the West Rim. Run by the Native Americans, there were no guard rails or protections to protect people from themselves. We scared ourselves silly walking on this outcrop and finding ourselves at times six inches from falling into the canyon, we quickly removed ourselves.
This is also the place where the controversial air bridge resides. Our tour bus took us past it and we were informed that if we stopped to take photos we would be charged a photo fee. So I snapped this from the moving bus.
So now back to 2014 and the South Rim. Here are a few pictures of the canyon from this view.
There may be guard rails here and there but risk-takers still climb down beyond them. These two are watching their wives/girlfriends standing down below in a very brisk wind.
Here are more photos of people enjoying the canyon.
And on a smaller scale ~
Trees grow here.
The Desert View Watchtower was built in 1932 and affords great views, and a gift shop...
Here it is from a great distance.
More shadow play on the Canyon.
Random pictures on the way there and on the way back to our hotel.
We will never do the river raft trip through the Grand Canyon but we will visit again from the North Rim.

The Grand Canyon, Vacation style ~ it's great :-)