Thursday, May 30, 2013

Antelope Slot Canyon

Page, Arizona.

On the actual Memorial Day, our friends Sean and Corey were planning on taking a tour of the Antelope Slot Canyons. They had read that it was ranked high on a list for The Top 10 Places To See Before You Die, so naturally, Alicia and I had to go. We got separated the day before, so that morning we were scrambling trying to get in touch with them. Cell service was sketchy and non-existent the entire weekend, but just as we were leaving Antelope Marina, I got a text from Sean saying they were going on a tour in half in hour. Luckily, Antelope Canyon Tours could accommodate two more, and the four of us got to go together! 

You sit on benches in the bed of a truck that has seat belts for every two people, and the tour guide drives you to the slot canyons on a long, sandy stretch of road. The sand seemed soft and deep. Our driver swerved here and there, but we eventually got to the canyon. On our way back, we saw a man sitting in his truck with his back tires completely buried in the sand.

PC: Sean McNaughton

These slot canyons were naturally formed by water that wore down the sandstone.

We walked on a flat sand surface the entire time. The pathway was created through the sandstone that normally would have been solid ground we would walk on. At certain points, it got pretty dark, and when I looked up, I realized we were surrounded by twenty plus feet of rock. We were walking within the earth's surface, sort of.

I want to say we were at the Upper Canyon whose Navajo name is Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks." According to Wikipedia, Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the Southwest.
The sandstone walls felt so smooth. It's incredible to think water designed all of it. 

There's nothing like exploring the good 'ole U.S. of A. The Antelope Slot Canyons are definitely worth experiencing. It is nature at her finest.

I'm a super good videographer, but lower your expectations.

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