During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday October 3: Upper Antelope Canyon AZ

Upper Antelope Canyon is on the Navajo Reservation and you cannot visit the canyon unless you take a tour conducted by a tribal-owned company.  The Upper refers to elevation, not direction, and Upper Antelope is actually south of Lower Antelope.  Upper Antelope Canyon winds for approximately 1/4 mile in length and is called a slot canyon.  The walls of the canyon are about 120 feet high and the width varies from 6-15 feet.    The Navajo name for the canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.”  Over millions of years flash floods have shaped the canyon into the wonder that it is today. 

There are still occasional floods which fill the canyon with debris and a massive cleanup is required before it’s again open for visitors.  The water comes through the canyon about 20 feet deep and travels at 40 mph.

It is one of the most fascinating places we’ve ever been.  The rock formation is quite varied and there is a real palette of colors—purples, oranges, pinks, yellows, blue, black, and many more.  I took over 100 photos inside the canyon, so perhaps these few will help convey the almost spiritual experience of being there.












If you are ever in northern AZ, do yourself a favor and visit the Upper Antelope Canyon—you won’t regret it.

After leaving the canyon we decided to spend another night in Page.  Dinner at Ken’s steakhouse—leftover ribeye for tomorrow’s lunch.

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