I have come to conclusion that ‘Life in the Loops’ over the winter can be extremely boring compared to what we are used to. So I think I will revisit some of our travels and share them with you!
We had the great pleasure to visit Antelope Canyon for the 2nd time, last winter. On our previous visit we took the tour of the Upper Antelope canyon. It was spectacular!
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are a little more muted.
This time we decided to see the slightly less visited Lower Canyon. I was fortunate in that they allow a ‘photography’ tour….2 hours ON YOUR OWN to wander through the canyon at your own pace!!! HEAVEN! Ron took the guided tour….not sure who got the best deal as in 2 hours I never made it even half way through I don’t think!! OMG! OMG! OMG! Where to look first!
The Navajo name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdeztwazi or “Spiral Rock Arches.” Many years ago, herds of Pronghorn Antelope roamed freely in and around the canyon, which explains the English name. This incredible canyon has been created over many thousands of years by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving and sculpting the sandstone into forms, textures, and shapes.
The views in Lower Antelope Canyon change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, filtering lights softly across the stone walls. These ever-moving sun angles bounce light back and forth across the narrow canyon’s walls, creating a dazzling display of color, light, and shadow.
Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope—it is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs.
What a place!!! If you ever get the chance you need to go, you will never see another place like it!
I will leave you with one image of the local visitors today…..