Hoodoo? We do!

Bryce Canyon is the most unusual place I’ve ever seen and, surely, one of the most unusual on Earth. Several trails are closed because of ice and snow, but we enjoyed the views from several viewing spots.

What are hoodoos? Perhaps they are the Legend People.

Here we are.

There are cabins near the lodge. Notice the wavy pattern of the shingles.

On our way to Bryce Canyon, we noticed earthen ramps spaced along the fences. These are for wild animals who cannot jump over the fences and who want to – dare I say it? – cross the road. Considerate folks, these Utahns!

Tomorrow we go to Zion National Park.

Rollin’ on the River

The Colorado, not The Mississippi! Our day began early with a trip to view Horseshoe Bend. Unfortunately, that required an early departure, so only one of us took the trip. He liked it a lot and shared photos, one of which is below.

Later in the day we drove to the Glenn Canyon Dam, boarded rafts, and floated through Glen Canyon on a calm section of the Colorado River. The weather was perfect.

A lovely afternoon, floating on the emerald green river. The water is very clear.

We stopped at a site to see petroglyphs. Note the anatomically correct figure of the chief.

Here we are!

And a view of the Colorado from above.

This trip gets better every day!

Natural beauty

Today was cold and windy, which helped me decide not to complete a short hike to see the Betatakin ruins at the Navajo National Monument. Had I continued on a little farther, Cecil said the trees would have sheltered me, but I turned back and missed seeing the ledge house.

Lunch at Fiesta Mexicana in Page, AZ, was tasty. Although we were a group of 42, service was very good. And I liked the bright decor, especially my chair with a dancing señorita.

After lunch, Nate, our Navajo guide, took us to Upper Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed by wind and rain and, mostly, flash floods. It is one of the most unusual and starkly beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Look for the heart in the second photo.

Valley Days

David, our Navajo guide, picked us up in an open-sided vehicle that appeared to have no shocks. If it did have them, they weren’t in working condition. Our dusty, bumpy, cold ride gave the 18 of us great laughs all day. We had fun!

To enter Mystery Valley, you must be Navajo or accompanied by a Navajo. The land formations are astounding, as you will see below.

David told us their average annual rainfall is 9″. So far this year they’ve had 8″. He said, “We’re in great shape.” Last year they had a severe drought, and many of their animals (horses, cattle) died. This year the desert is green.

We visited the House of Many Hands, a site sacred to the Navajo. Look at the petroglyphs.

After a picnic lunch, David took us to Monument Valley, where many John Ford westerns were filmed.

My favorite cowboy

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A day late . . .

We’ve had a busy two days at the Grand Canyon, starting with sunrise.

That morning we took a history walking tour along the South Rim, which we followed with a short hike on part of the Bright Angel trail.

The red line shuttle carried us all the way to Hermit’s Rest, and we stopped at lots of scenic view points before reaching the end. Our total miles walked for the day? 8+!

This morning found us at Desert View, at Mary Coulter’s Watch Tower, located at the eastern end of the Canyon.

This afternoon we drove through the Painted Desert on the way to Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley.

Below is the view from our room. Can you see John Wayne’s shadow?