June 6th ~ Page, Arizona (Part 1)
Antelope Canyon is another of those iconic places in America that I have dreamed of seeing. There are two separate sections of Antelope Canyon – Upper and Lower. The Lower section is more strenuous and requires climbing up and down steep ladders. The upper section is doable for almost any fitness level.
Being located on tribal land, you must have a guide. We did not have any reservations for either section of Antelope Canyon and I was a tad bit concerned. However, with the temperature at 100 degrees, walking in the canyon also had me worried. We decided to go to the site for the upper canyon to find out what options might be available for us.
Upon arrival the morning time slot at 11:00 was already sold out and the noon tour almost filled. As we waited in line to purchase our tickets, I overheard one of the guides say that three people were no-shows for that tour. I walked up to her and asked if Tim and I might be able to take two of those places. She initially rebuffed me, and told me to go back in line. Then she came over and asked if we had cash. We did. So, not having to wait for a credit card to be run, we quickly paid and hopped into the back of a waiting pickup.
Our group of 14 was a great mixture. Four from Spain, four from India, two (plus their toddler) from Australia, two from the Caribbean, plus the two of us from Los Angeles.
I had read earlier that the photo tour for experienced photographers departed at 11:30, so I was hopeful that the lighting in the canyon might be optimal midday, and I was not disappointed.
Between Tim and I we took several hundred pictures in the 90 minute tour. It was that spectacular!
But I really should let you decide for yourself if you agree with me. So without any further adieu, here are a few more of our favorite shots from this morning…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I was not too shy to speak up and ask if we could fill the spot where people had not shown up for the tour. The lighting turned out to be perfect and we walked away with some pictures that we love. I hope you enjoyed them as well.