Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the Grand Canyon!!

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to post all weekend. I’ve been traveling in areas without any phone service. :/ It was a nice break and I was able to thoroughly enjoy the weekend without distraction but it was also sad because I couldn’t blog as we traveled. But anyway, I am back in Kayenta now and I had an AMAZING weekend!!! I am at a complete loss for words to describe the beauty that I experienced this weekend. On Saturday we drove to Antelope Canyon. You can do a tour of either the upper canyon or the lower canyon. We met a few people here that suggested we do Lower Antelope Canyon. We met a great guy who gave us a very good discount since we were working on the reservation. He said we were Navajo for the day. Haha Antelope Canyon is one of the most breathtaking things that I’ve ever witnessed in my life. The tour starts out by squeezing yourself down into a little crack in the rock (I thought it was a joke at first) and then descending down stairs lower and lower into the canyon. If you ever travel to Arizona you MUST do the lower antelope canyon tour. The tour guides are wonderful and it is all Navajo run. We had a wonderful time and were sad to leave. After that, the tour guide suggested we go hike Horseshoe Bend. Also extremely amazing! There is so much to do and see out here. At Horseshoe Bend, 1000 feet down, is the Colorado River. You could see people way down below boating and camping near the river. The pictures of these places are beautiful, but nothing compared to what you experience in person. After we spent some time taking pictures and enjoying the beauty we drove to our hotel. We stayed at a place called Jacob Lake Inn. It was so nice! It was a quaint little motel in the middle of the Kaibab National Forest. It was very high up at the top of the forest and so I lost cell phone reception. When we checked in they told us that the owner of the hotel was going to be giving a speech that night on Navajo culture. It sounded really interesting so we went and he gave a two hour talk on Navajo culture including their mythology, fables, weaving, and a small lesson on the language. He passed around various blankets and rugs and explained what their designs meant. It was great! Then this morning we woke up early and went to the cafe at the hotel for breakfast. I had a delicious ham and mushroom casserole and a lot of coffee. Haha Everyone who worked there was super nice and our waitress was even from Indiana! After breakfast we checked out of our hotel and headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! When we got there we went to the visitor’s center first and then went to some of the lookout points. The Grand Canyon is unbelievable and completely overwhelming! We took a lot of pictures and met a lot of really cool people along the way including some park rangers and some kids from Purdue. We went to a few of the different lookout points on the North Rim including Angel’s Window and Cape Royal Point. It was great but we all wish that we would have had more time to spend there. We really wanted to hike down into the canyon but there just wasn’t enough time in the day and we still had a 5 hour drive ahead of us back to Kayenta. We had a wonderful weekend, saw a lot of beautiful things, and made a lot of great memories. We have another, more formal, orientation tomorrow morning at 8 am and we’re all pretty exhausted so I’m going to get to bed. I typed this pretty quickly so I’m sure I left out some important things but I’ll post again tomorrow if I remember anything important. Goodnight everyone and thanks for reading!20130520-014737.jpg20130520-014814.jpg20130520-014856.jpg20130520-014950.jpg20130520-015056.jpg20130520-015142.jpg20130520-015213.jpg






























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