There are a lot of places that are famous and that you see in photos many times, but you never know where the photo was taken or the significance of the place.
Antelope Canyon in Arizona is one of these places. I've seen pictures of the red rock formations before, but have never actually thought I could go there.
My mom actually found it. Not really sure how, but it was the one thing that she wanted to do when we took our trip inland.
You can't drive there - you have to take a tour since it is on a Navajo Reservation.
We met up at the tour center and got on these jeeps. The ride was... bumpy. Like the Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland.
Once we got to the canyon, we were told not to take pictures of the sky. It's part of the Navajo canvas, according to our tour guide.
All we could do was look up. The light hit the red rock to make a pretty orange-y or red color. The rock was sandy and smooth. And cool. It was thankfully and mercifully very nice and cool.
Our tour guide had been to the canyon three times before she had taken us - it seemed like a busy day. But she was very nice and informative. She would stop at certain places and point out formations that resembled US Presidents and animals. Lots of bears. It was kind of like cloud-gazing. Except with rock.
As we walked through, the canyon became more narrow and dark.
The tour wasn't too long - maybe around 30 minutes. But I still got some pretty shots.
All in all, it was a beautiful thing to see. There is so much history in this canyon - lots of natural happenings and Navajo grandparents claiming they were the first to play in the canyon as a child.
Even if it was a few hours out of the way, it really was worth the visit. Side trips are always worth the time - when are you going to be "in the vicinity" again?
See more pictures at my Flickr page.