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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rick Morgan

Sand, Sand, and More Sand

Today, after watching the sun rise on Lake Powell we headed into Page to begin our trip to Antelope Slot Canyon. Part of the adventure is just getting there. Antelope Canyon is on the Navajo reservation and all the trip guides are Navajo. Milo our guide loaded six of us including Sandy (she was invited to go along (very cool) into an old 4 wheel drive wagon. Much of the trip is along a wash, which means it was a wild ride and we were kicking up lots of sand. BTW – our guide Milo was 22 and spoke Navajo, English (learned when he was 10), Spanish, French and some Japanese. He has been traveling much of the world promoting his culture.

Once we all unloaded and began our walk through the canyon the awe and shutter clicking never stopped. The canyon is an amazing place. It is a very narrow slot canyon and as the pictures will show; as the beams of sunlight enter, the canyon there is a never-ending array of color, light, and shadow. A highlight was Milo playing the flute inside the canyon. It was a great way to start the day.


Once back in Page we continued our trip North on Hwy. 89 toward Cedar Breaks National Monument. Along the way, we were treated to a show of lightning over the mesas. Outside of Kanab, we decided to visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. It has a small “primitive” campground and we decided to spend the night. After setting up camp, we headed to the Dunes and a hike. The sand here is like powder - it is so fine – it is also everywhere including inside of JoAnne’s shoes and T2.