Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Day 12- Antelope Canyon

We left the South Rim of the Grand Canyon around 7 a.m. and saw our elk friend eating by the campground. 
We made a few stops as we drove out towards the East entrance of the Grand Canyon.  All of these stops are in a book I have titled "Most Scenic Drives in America".
The last stop was at Dessert View which had this awesome tower that we could climb to get a great view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with a huge view of the Colorado River!

Climbing up the tower, there were all of these drawings and carvings that were just beautiful!

We missed the sign on the way in, so we did stop on the way out!
Two days before we left, I had to take Jimmy to the dentist.  I heard his dentist talking about taking part of the trip that we are taking.  I asked her about it and she told me what they were doing.  She mentioned Antelope Canyon as a place that we could not miss.  So, two days before we left, the stop below was not even a consideration.  I am BEYOND THRILLED that she mentioned it to us, because it has been one of our favorite things so far.  We did the Lower Antelope Tour.  I included a lot of pictures, so don't feel like you need to look at all of them, but we took over 300 on a 75 minute tour!

This is the entrance to the canyon, which you would never know existed if you were not looking for it!
David and the boys getting ready to take the stairs down into the canyon.
This is looking into the canyon.  
Hunter climbs down the steps with David!
The beautiful thing about Antelope Canyon is that the sunlight is ever changing and is constantly changing the look of the rocks.  The light is simply beautiful and our pictures don't do it justice.
Logan was nervous during the steps down (they were more like ladders), but he got more confident as we went along.  

Jimmy loved this tour also!

The walk between the canyon walls was so tight and the boys loved the narrowness of the rocks and the fact that they had to navigate between them.  The only thing in life my two little ones need to be happy are large rocks to climb on or small rocks to throw in water.

Love the sunlight shining through the rocks behind us.

The formation below on the left is called turtle head- the turtle has an open mouth.
The rock formation below is called a Lion.  It is the profile of a lion laying down.  It is on the right side of the picture.
My love!

When you came out at the end and looked back, it didn't look at all like you had gone as far as it felt like you went.
This is what it looked like from above the ground.
We left here and drove past the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
We arrived at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!
This was the view about 20 yards from our campsite!
The boys were checking out the canyon.  

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