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Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

26/Oct/2011 Two days road trip to Horseshoe Bend in Arizona from SLC

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The one of place is in my mind since I booked my flight ticket to there USA. It's called Horseshoe Bend.

saw the picture of Horseshor Bend one time fascinate me enough. I started dreaming to visit there and see it by my own eyes.
I started looking for the tour visiting there from Salt Lake City. But unfortnatelly I couldn't find it.
So I asked to the Avenure Hostel's owner which was I stayed because he helped me so well giving any tips also since I asked about the place he offere to me organize the tour.

It'll take 7hours by car from SLC to Page in Arizona a way. I know it hard do driving,also may hard by a day trip.
But if they could make a day trip just to see the Horseshoe Bend,it's ok for me.
Then they offered to me make a 2days road trip to there by 600$. It's including to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon of course rent a car and a driver.

That's good deal for me because I wanted to vsit Antelope Canyon as well since it's very close to Horseshoe Bend.
So it seems like I can visit my first and second desitnations at the same trip!
Also they tried to make cheaper way was camping outside in Arizona. Wow! That's something I like!!

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But I needed to decide it a few minutes because it's at the end of Oct and I'm bringing my daughter is 13 years old...
so I just wondering about it might be danger or too much cold stay out side with tent?
No, it'll be a good experience for her. I decided to do camping also.

At 6am we left the hostel.
Our driver is Mark who is working for maintenance for the hostel.

He is an old man and very nice parson as I believed him enough about anythings even we met him a few days there. Yes,he is like our grandfather. Finaly we calle him "Jiiji" between I and Ayano(My daughter),it very familire way to call grandfather in Japan.
Jiiji driving alone for 7 hours a way taking rest one in hour for us. It looks like so hard but he never showed it tiring him us.
Always fun talking and to care us very well,also taking our photos at any nice points... around 2pm,we arrived Page in Arizona and booked camping place first.

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Also we made reservation the tour of Antelope Canyon for tomorrow morning.
We saw some traditional American style town around there was so interested in!
And any shop's staff are so friendly. I like this old town too!

"The Horseshoe Bend" we found a sign on the road,it was small sign would be easy through it.
Also nothing any gift shop and visitor center like other tourist area have. We walked from parking about 15 minutes,then my eyes catch what a beautiful sight of nature!!

Yes,it's somewhere I wanted to see by my own eyes,Horseshoe Bend!! AWESOME!!
I and Ayano sit down at the edge of cliff,chat there some tiems.
This is really nice situation to open mind. Woderful time of daughter and mother I never forgetting.
We took a lot of pictures there as we might not have a chance to visit here again...(Althought I wish)

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Jiiji offered to us that we can visit some nice place at Lake-Puwel until sunset .
That's nice idea! I want to visit as much as possible during I'm here. so Jiiji brought us very nice veiwing of Lake-Puwel.

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We traveled a little bit different time between Utah and Arizona. They has 1 hour time lag.
Sometimes I confused because we had to follow a way to Arizona and back to Utah and heading to Arizona again!!
That's funny,I never had this confused before...!

We arrived a place was very beautiful!!
Lake-Puwel has really beautiful color of blue,and we saw the BIG rock at the lake was soooo beautiful!
I and my daughter made a lot of pose for taking pictures,Jiiji saw our actions and he was laughing at us sometimes like Grandfather do it.

That day,we did camp fire at camping place. Jiiji helped us a lot...no,Jiiji did anythings for us.
We went to buy some foods and built two tents which we brought from the hostel. So finally the rental tent and sleeping bag,the place for camping are included the price. I think it was less 600$ at last. There was shower room at camping place is very convenient.

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I never expect to do it in U.S.A. Especially at such a cold place at night!!
But I guessed it will be nice experience of my daughter. So I didn't have caurage NOT do it.

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Since my daughter stop going to her elementary school by problem with her eacher I always try to give her to have experiences especially abroad. Because wanted to show her that there is plenty of place makes you to be happy,don't think everything gose in Japan her life. She have choice where to live,where makes her comfortable,what you can choice...etc. Traveling is good teaching it to her.

That night,we went to sleep around 9pm as there was nothing to do.
Jiiji still awake as he had to wait the fire go out. I think he is the person most have to take rest at that day as he is older and he drove around 7-8hours and he take care us anytime.
Thank you for Jiiji I don't think he did it because just for job,he's very nicer becaming like real our Jiiji.

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Posted by Yasuyo 20:35 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes arizona utah usa page horseshoebend Comments (3)

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