Saturday, May 5, 2018

Antelope Canyon April 2018

Page, Arizona offers some beautiful sights to explore by water and on land.  We began our visit with a boat tour on Lake Powell, a reservoir created on the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam.




 Many visitors choose to explore the huge area in houseboats by winding through the canyons from the dam into Lake Powell.

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo land east of Page.  A tour guide of the Navajo Nation escorted us through the canyon and helped us with capturing its beauty with photography.  The tour began with a impressive demonstration of a hoop dance that encouraged us to use our imagination interpreting the dance and sights of the canyon.


 


 We entered the canyon through what appeared to be a big crack in the rocks.










My camera immediately found unusual beauty which ever way I aimed it.




 With the help of our imagination the sunlight traveling through cracks in the canyon and the rock formations became pictures.


                                              a heart?
     
                                     Monument Valley?

                                                 a shark?


 a horse?






 An experience not to be forgotten.
 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Utah's National Parks-the Mighty 5


One week was really not enough to do justice to Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks in southern Utah.  But we saw lots of amazing things in our time there.  I took lots of pictures but none of them cause you to feel the hugeness of the scenery about us.  Majestic is a good word to describe it all.

We began our journey with Zion National Park on the west side of Utah.  Zion does not allow private vehicles into the park.  They provide a wonderful shuttle service with many stops along the six mile scenic drive.






The next park to visit was Bryce Canyon.  There were great sights to see on the way beginning with the one mile Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel.  At the end of the tunnel we found traffic had stopped for picture taking of a Desert Bighorn eating by the side of the road.




 There were more sights to see at every curve of the road.

















There were completely different types of wonders to see at Bryce Canyon National Park.  The canyon filled with huge hoodoos was like being on different planet.

We had a light snow that morning which only added to the beauty.


The next day involved a lot of driving but a visit to Capital Reef National Park fell in the middle of the drive.  This park exceeded our expectations in all that had been created in this massive fold in the earth's crust called a Waterpocket Fold.




We continued our drive through central southern Utah to the town of Moab on the east side of the state.  This area contains Arches National Park and Canyonland National Park.

 
Arches was probably our favorite of the parks we visited.  It was so massive and contained the most unusual rock formations.



 


  


Arches National Park contains over 2,000 natural sand stone arches.  We didn't see them all but we did see a bunch!






 
We discovered that the Colorado River travels through Moab.  A quick trip along its banks led us to discover some rock climbers and even some pyroglyphics.





We did not make it to Canyonland National Park. It is a huge park and needed a whole day for just it. 

We drove through Monument Valley on our way to Arizona.  Monument Valley is not a national park.  It is part of Navajo land.  You will recognize the scene from the movie "Forest Gump".




Utah's Mighty 5 were pretty terrific!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

San Antonio



 San Antonio was the perfect place to be for a springtime girls' trip in March.  We spent 80 per cent of our time outside enjoying the River Walk and nearby historical places all in walking distance from our beautiful hotel room at the Drury Inn and Suites River Walk.   The weather was wonderful!





We began our visit of the River Walk with a Go Rio Riverboat tour.  While enjoying the boat ride our tour guide/driver gave us helpful information about the city's history and places to visit. We were now ready to explore on our own.




We did get a little lost at times but we were able to find plenty of places to shop and great restaurants to enjoy a meal while sitting by the water watching people and tour boats and some very friendly ducks.














We visited the Alamo and the Spanish Governor's Palace and reviewed some of Texas' history by viewing the displays and listening to tour guides tell us what happened in these very old buildings.





 
 
A very unique way to learn more about the history of San Antonio was by watching the 24 minute video art light show projected on the facade of the San Fernando Cathedral.  The video flowed from one scene to another accompanied by music that fit into the story.  It was a  one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed!

 




There is a lot of shopping to be enjoyed in San Antonio.  Besides gift shops scattered throughout the River Walk, there are unique art shops and galleries in the La Villita Arts Village.


 
But the jackpot of all shopping is the three block outdoor shopping plaza in Market Square.  It could easily be an all day shopping experience!


 


A fun place to eat in the Market Square was the Mi Tierra Cafe.  The food was great (especially the bakery section!) and each dining area in the huge cafe was a sight to see.







We ended our visit to San Antonio with a nighttime boat ride to see the sights one more time all lit up.