Wednesday, July 31, 2013

June 12, 2013 - Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell

Sunrise at 5:45 this morning was every bit as impressive as watching the light change as the sunset.  After the disappointing dinner of last night we decided to drive into Kayenta and see if we could find a diner.  We left the hotel at 6:40.

After breakfast in Kayenta we continued on to Antelope Canyon and toured the canyon. As we were paying the $25 each to be taken into the canyon, we were hurried along because it was time for the truck to go.  Since he was running late the driver was driving like a bat out of hell, tossing us a couple of feet off the seat.  We felt like we were on Mr. Toads Wild Ride.  Once we were safely out of the truck and into the canyon it was amazing.  The tour guide took pictures of all the different formations with my IPad.  

I believe this was "The Candle".

This was taken just as we were at the exit.

We had planned to spend the next two nights somewhere at Lake Powell and take a float trip into the Grand Canyon.  When the weather became so hot in Bluff and we checked the temps in Page and found them to be over a hundred we decided we needed to find somewhere cooler to stay.  We did, however, stop in Page at the first Walmart we had seen since leaving Santa Rosa and stocked up on food for the final leg of our trip.  We did stop for lunch overlooking Lake Powell.

Lake Powell

I had called ahead while in Bluff, canceled our float trip and secured 2 nights at Kaibab Camper RV Village at Jacob Lake  near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the only place we could think of to be cool!  It worked out for the best that I had done that because a portion of Highway 89A was closed by a slide which would have made it so that we would have had to go way out of our way to get to our next stop.  Funny how things work out for the better!

We arrived at Jacob Lake at 3:20 to a pleasant 79 degrees!  We were pleasantly surprised to see tall pine trees after all the sage brush. The afternoon was spent relaxing around camp and watching huge rigs maneuver into their spaces! 

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