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 “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ~ John Muir

October 8, 2022

Today we traveled to Navajo Upper Antelope Canyon. It is a slot canyon on Navajo land.   It includes five separate, scenic slot canyon sections on the Navajo Reservation, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon, (or The Crack), Rattle Snake Canyon, Owl Canyon, Mountain Sheep Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon (or The Corkscrew). Antelope Canyon was formed by the erosion of sandstone due to flash flooding. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, deepening the corridors and smoothing hard edges to form characteristic “flowing” shapes. It is unlike any other place I have ever seen.

We hiked through the canyon after the bumpiest jeep ride ever, but the beauty of the canyon at every single turn was well worth the soreness.

“If there is heaven on Earth, it’s Antelope Canyon.” ~ Unknown

The colors on the rocks from the light shining through the openings takes on a surreal quality and if you imagine and look hard enough you can see the shapes of birds, people, etc.

“The colors of the rocks and canyons almost seem too beautiful to be real.” ~ Unknown

We took another bumpy jeep ride when leaving Antelope Canyon behind and traveled on, stopping at Navajo Bridge.

Navajo Bridge is the name of the twin steel arch bridges that cross the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon National Park.

We traveled on to Utah, settled briefly in our hotel, went for a delicious dinner at Sego, and then headed to our next adventure called Smores and Stars. This may have sounded better in the brochure than in reality. But we always make the best of it. Enjoy an evening around the campfire in a beautiful location. This tour takes you into a private canyon, which has been used often as a filming location. There, you’ll meet a herd of Texas longhorns, gather around the campfire, make s’mores with homemade marshmallows, and learn all about the star-studded night sky.

After a day of hiking and climbing in and out of the beast (our car), I was not pleased to climb into the jacked-up whatever it was to arrive at our destination. The moon was out in full force so we could not see the stars as clearly as we wanted. My initial impression was to get me the hell out of here as Ken, our guide drove us into a herd of longhorn cows where he fed them graham crackers from the car window.

We arrived at the campfire and made smores, where a real cowboy, named John, told tall tales. He had what appeared to be a real gun and so I did not make any trouble.

Having a campfire and roasted marshmallows, to me that sounds like Heaven.” ~ Randy Orton

My trusty iPhone took better photos than my camera, and there was a dilapidated barn-like structure that had been used in movie sets (or so we were told).

We gazed upon the stars and the beautiful landscape which was peaceful and a perfect night.

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

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