Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Last trip of 2013, Part 1: Page

Graham and I celebrated Christmas and our engagement with a trip to Horseshoe Bend, a place we both have wanted to visit for a long time. We took the dogs along for our last trip of 2013.

Taylor and Capone loved that we stopped in Flagstaff so they could play in the snow.

We then continued north through the Navajo Reservation, passing the Cameron Trading Post and the bridge.

Our dog-friendly hotel in Page had a view of the landscape.

Then we headed to Horseshoe Bend for the sunset. Our hotel was conveniently located just 5 miles away from the parking area. Then it's a short walk on a sandy trail.

The next day we returned to Horseshoe Bend to see it in a different light.

The parking lot was about half full each time. 

You can walk right up to the edge of a cliff. There are no railings, so be careful! There are many areas where you can't tell whether the rocks beneath your feet are stable. It was difficult to take photos of the entire river, especially the lower part of the horseshoe shape, without a tripod. I saw many photographers use a tripod that's slightly tilted to take photos.

As you can see, it's a popular tourist destination.

Later we checked out the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.

We also checked out the view from the visitors center.

The final stop of the day was Wahweap Overlook for the sunset. These were my first glimpses of Lake Powell.

Driving to Wahweap Overlook

The Navajo Generating Station was the only thing that seemed out of place in the gorgeous landscape.

I'm already planning a return to Page to go to Antelope Canyon and Rainbow Bridge.