26.04.2011 - 27.04.2011 24 °C
Yesterday saw us start the day off with a visit to Antelope Canyon.
Antelope Canyon is a small slot canyon (a canyon that is more deep than wide - read ' n-a-r-r-ow' in places). Antelope Canyon was formed by water eroding sandstone and its claim to fame are the colours/shades/shadows that appear on its inner surfaces as the sun moves across the sky.
Naturally we snapped off a few photos (as did everyone who was there). A Navajo guide takes you through, pointing out the best spots to shoot, ours was excellent and he would occasionally play a flute which sounded awesome as the canyon adds depth and richness to the music. At one point he did a bit of a spontaneous 'jam' with another another guide who was there with a small group 'serious' photographers (serious photographers are easily identified by the fact that they have tripods!).
The next port-of-call, and resting place for the night, was the Grand Canyon. We arrived around 4pm and were able to grab a few shuttle bus rides (which is how you must get around as private vehicles have limited access to the main viewing areas ) and catch some of the many vantage points that are dotted around the place. We managed to be in a good spot to catch the sunset.
The next morning we were up at 5:00 in-order to catch the sunrise – that was a great experience, made even better by the fact that hardly anyone else was there. The skies were absolutely cloudless, however, at the risk of being called a heretic I/we would have to say the Grand Canyon was a bit of a let-down for us - sure it is wide and deep and long but you really can't experience the scale of it from the rim (to be fair, that is what the guide books say, you have to hike or take a mule ride down to the floor to get the real sense of its scale).
There was no internet where we stayed (hence no blog update should anyone have wondered why) there won't be any in a days time when we will be in Yosemite National Park for 2 nights.
Tonight we are staying in Pahrump, Nevada (60 miles from Las Vegas).
Prostitution is illegal in the city of Las Vegas but it is legal in Pahrump (an apt name really). Alida has forbid us from venturing out from our accommodation tonight. Party pooper!
We choose Pahrump as a place to stay as it is close to Death Valley through which we shall travel tomorrow....