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18 Oct

day 3 – antelope canyon

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I got up a bit late on Day 3.

I spent the night at Kayenta, a small town south of Monument Valley along the Arizona border. In search of serenity and quiet time; the two places I desired visiting all along have been Monument Valley, and Antelope Canyon. It’s about two-and-a half drive to Page, Arizona. As I pulled into the park entrance; the tour guide was just about to leave for Upper Antelope Canyon. It’s a bumpy, sandy and windy drive into the slot canyon, and the only means of getting to it is with these Navajo native Indians tours. I hopped onto the truck just in time (and the last seat available) for the eleven o’clock session – which turned out to be the only trip throughout the day to catch the glimpse of “ray of light” inside the slot canyon. Praise the Lord.

The best month to visit Antelope Canyon is actually in July. Trying to photograph the beam of light in late summer or autumn can be difficult. The tour guide is actually a photographer herself; and gave us hints and tricks to take the best shots. We made it to the deepest part of the canyon (a mere fifteen minutes walk); right at the perfect moment. The diameter of the beam striking the canyon floor can get as small as a quarter, under the best conditions.

After a brief stop at Glen Canyon Dam, I hesitated whether I would be spending the rest of my day at Grand Staircare-Escalante, or Lake Powell. At the end, I figured I’d likely be running out of time – and instead should return next time. Spent the rest of the evening back in Monument Valley, this time, with more care with my driving, and took a few sunset shots. After dark, the remoteness and silence inside of Monument Valley can be a bit eerie, yet majestic.

Back to Kayenta, I couldn’t stand another bite of McDonalds and Burger King, so I tried my luck at a Chinese place called “Gold Rice Bowl”. Like the saying goes, “you can always find a Chinese restaurant”. I ended my day with Moo Goo Gai Pan, Broccoli Beef, and my beloved rice.

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  1. Miss J
    October 18th, 2009 at 23:55 | #1

    Your pictures are gorgeous!!

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