Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

View from my North Rim campground

Me chilling on Cape Royal

Felt a bit uncomfortable on this myself...

Un-nerving North Rim car parks

More North Rim aspens

The Verrmillion Cliffs

Entrance to Antelope Canyon

Entering Antelope Canyon



Child and parent

Leaving the Canyon again

I'm a bit confused about what day it is, and couldn't understand why my Mexican restaurant was so full and why all the shops were open so late, but it is because it is Saturday.

So it was another freezing night, though I was warm and as comfortable as is possible when camping - i.e. not particularly - but I did feel blessed that I didn't have to get up early like the last two days. So I had a leisurely start, wandering with my coffee to the edge of the campground to look down into the Canyon. It always seems to blow me away most in the mornings. And for the first time since buying tour T-shirts as a kid, I bought the T-shirt for those select few of us who have walked rim to rim.

Before I left the Canyon I drove along the Scenic Drive to Cape Royal. This was more scenic than most drives by virtue of spending more time driving along the canyon edge, which I can't say I appreciated. I was listening to Native American music radio as I drove, which was an unremittingly depressing series of songs about what a shit time they have had (which is undeniably true), though it was thought-provoking. Most of the views were of the East End of the Canyon, not my favourite as it opens out a lot there, but when I got to Cape Royal I had the place to myself for ages and this looks west, so I had a great time just looking at the stunning views and trying not to think how close the edge was and how big the drop was.

And then I drove to Page, where I am now, mostly driving along the Vermillion Cliffs, essentially a greatly opened out Grand Canyon. I came here to go to Antelope Canyon, which Erica and I arrived too late in the day to get in when we were here before, partly because of uncertainty about what time it was. Get this:

Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone. Arizona as a state does not have daylight saving time. Some neighbouring states do (though there are no signs about this at borders). The Navajo Nation, most of which is in Arizona, DOES have daylight saving time, but there are no signs telling you when you are in the Navajo part of Arizona. And to confuse it again further, the Hopi Reservation, which is inside the Navajo Nation and Arizona, DOESN'T have DST. And again there is no indication as to when one is in the Hopi Reservation as opposed to the wider Navajo Reservation. See why we weren't sure what time it was?

This time though, I was early enough that it didn't matter. On the bad side Antelope Canyon was extremely expensive, and you had to go in a group with a tour guide. On the plus side our (drunk) Navajo guide was very entertaining, and it is an amazing place. It is basically an extremely narrow, tall, very winding sandstone canyon, of varying colours. Several tourists were killed in a flash flood here about ten years ago. It would be just incredible to explore on your own. One of the Navajo told me only foreigners come here, Americans obviously know where to find similar canyons off the reservations and for free. All in all though, I was very glad I went.

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