John & Anne Wiley

2014/05/24

Up & Over

The second part of this one enchanted day was quite soon after we wandered in awe from the timeless hour or so of strolling through Antelope Canyon. While our companions went on to do other things on the ground, we climbed into Tripp for a brief tour of the area around Page. There were of course many visual treats, but most impactful for us was climbing out of the airport over Antelope Canyon where we’d begun this magical day.

8012 Antelope Inlet

8012 Antelope Inlet

It opens into Lake Powell, so even quite far up the inlet there was enough water for this houseboat (that’s not a bus at the bottom) to navigate. As it continues further up, there’s only water during rains when of course everyone gets out of the canyon.

8015 Antelope & Power

8015 Antelope & Power

The part going up to the right goes to the section we’d walked in, to the right of the power plant. Though it narrows further up, even the wider parts look cool for walking in on rainless days.

8024 Narrowing Canyon

8024 Narrowing Canyon

Looking back as we passed it, I was surprised to see that the part we’d been in is just a side canyon off this main channel.

8057 Lower Antelope Canyon

8057 Lower Antelope Canyon

That’s it going to the right toward the building and parked cars where we’d bought tour tickets. You walk to a stairway at the left, through the canyon, and you exit up some stairs at the right end. It was frankly startling to see how short it was, because that hour and some felt like miles and hours that passed in a fleeting dream. Next we turned left for a look at the start of Navajo Canyon with Tower Rock and Lake Powell in the distance.

8091 Navajo Canyon

8091 Navajo Canyon

This too is an inlet, but vastly larger than you can tell from this pic. Another view just beyond the bottom of this pic included a 20′ boat that looks like a small speck at this range. All along this canyon, and in fact along the lake shore, are many narrow canyons. Some you can drive a boat into, and many that continue far up from the water especially now with the lake at such a low capacity. Then we climbed back across Antelope Canyon and the airport for a look up that intriguing river at the top of Marble Canyon that was one of our Three Invitations.

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