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Antelope Canyon and Brayce Canyon then back to SLC

27/Oct/2011: Second day on a road trip Arizona from SLC


It was still early morning inside of tent at 6 am I woke up spontaneously.
It wasn't cold so much even we stayed at under the sky because brought some blankets and the hostel let rent us nice winter sleeping bag.
We already woke up and preparing for today's plan.


Our Antelope Canyon tour time was setting at 9am. We had a breakfast and put away our tents.

The Navajo people is running that tour as that area is the Navajo Reservation.
It very easy way to get to the Antelpoe Canyon but I never saw other any cars,bikes.
To use their tour helping their lives. The tour guide should be a big income for protect their culture also.
12members in a group for one truck. We ride on the truk has nothing covering.


My daughter and I wave hands to Jiiji,yes he stayed the office waiting us.
He gave me one memo before we leave,there was written his phone number just in case we saparated.
The guide aske me "Who is it?"
We just answered "It's our Jiiji" :)

The truck run very faster on the road of sands...something coming inside my eyes but they never mind,also I had to take handrail because I won't dropping out of truck!! It was very hard like a riding on a roller corstar sideway but it was fun!

The guide who is a local Navajo seemed like want to talk some Japanese he knows,there were only I and my daughter as Japanese.
He showed us inside of Antelope Canyon very well and always taught me which angle is good way to take photo.
It's really helped me. I'm lucky spoken Japanese which the guide wants to learn language!!


Inside of upper canyon is so darkness. I found some nice points but unfortunately sunshine wasn't good as it's still early morning.
During we were there,it always in darkness,very hard take nice pictures by my degital camera.
The guide taught me which is called "coyote" and "Yellowstone" also the place being famouse as the National Geographic post the photo at the same point. That's really awesome view point of the slot Canyon.
Also he took some photos of us telling how/where to stand with which pose.
It made us like a batterfly also blow the fire! It was really fun "light magic".
The tour took about 1 hour I think.
I'd like to visit there next time at day time when sun comes from the top!! It should be very different to see.


After leaving Antelope Canyon,Jiiji offered to me that "If you want to see the Bryce Canyon National Park,we can change a route way back hostel"
...WHY NOT!!!


Yes, I want to see anythings as much as I can in this trip!
And what a surprise for me is I never expected to visit there at this time even I knew there is Bryce Canyon!!!
We entered the Bryce Canyon National Park around afternoon.

There is awesome viewing everywhere!
It seems like I came the other planet...I never have not been though. I didn't know that there is trail course.
I asked to Jiiji that if we have time I want to walk a little that trail...he nodded with smiling.
He'll looking for another nice place around so we can walk whole trail during he do it!
Wow,how nice it is!


I and Ayano(My daughter) to say Bye for now to Jiiji. We decided to meeting at the same point.
It had taken about 1 hour and half because we ttook a lot of pictures doing some funny poses.
I met an old man on the trail,he said that my shoes is not good for hiking.
Yes,I wear sneaker. Since that time the old man start calling me "Lucky shoes".
As he was right,the trail is slippy with sands,and sometimes there is hard slope.
People asking each other when we pass by how it's hard ahead.

I wasn't expected that the trail is such long way.
I was wondering if it takes much time more than exoected Jiiji. Anyway we have to done whole the trail as we already started.

When we arrived the meeting point,Jiiji waited already.
Then we went to another nice view pont,Inspiration point.
Climb up the hill was a little bit hard,then I heard someone called me "Lucky shoes!!". Oh that an old man!
He also coming here and he asked me take photo of us as he likes photography! It's my best shot at Bryce Canyon.


We left Bryce Canyon and back to the road heading to Salt Lake City!
Jiiji driving again on the long way alone! Sometimes he shoot by his camera during drive,just take a camera outside of car then consecutive shooter.
What a wild Jiji !!!
We made some unexpected trip in 2days. On the way back home,I sometimes asked Jiiji that stop the car and let's take pictures at the point!!

My daughter loved to see the sky at night because tons of stars were there!
It was very nice 2days trip from SLC. Thanks,Jiiji!

We back the hastel in SLC,a little bit late. But we all were fine and very much satisfaction.


Posted by Yasuyo 03:53 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip nature arizona utah usa national_park page antelope_canyon brayce_canyon Comments (2)

Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

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

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!!


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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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