For our last stop on this trip, we stayed in Page, Arizona, and visited Antelope Canyon. This is on Navajo land and you must take a tour guide to visit. You ride about 10 minutes on a jeep-like vehicle to the mouth of the canyon. We chose to visit the upper canyon which has a level floor. Once you arrive at the canyon, you (and hundreds of others) walk up the narrow canyon about 100 yards. The canyon walls are breathtaking. All you see was carved by water through the sandstone. There is a very real danger of flash floods so they only tour when the weather is clear. I don't know what else to say about it but as you see, the canyon is truly fabulous.
While we were waiting for our tour time, we visited Glen Canyon which is dammed just outside Page. In fact, Page was built for dam workers. We only saw a small part of the Recreation Area as it is rather large. We always are impressed with these enormous dams built to conserve water and generate power. Unfortunately, the dams permanently alter how the river flows, as the sediment is trapped behind the dams and therefore cannot flow down the river, so the river cannot deposit the sediment as beaches after the rainy season. But we do need the water that we can conserve through the dams.
We stayed at Page-Lake Powell Campground in site 51. It, like many RV parks, has a large number of permanent residents as well as daily visitors like us. The park did a good job of separating us so it was easier to get around. This campground had both RV and tent sites, and I felt bad for those sweltering in the 100 degree heat in a tent. But we still ran our air conditioner in the trailer. Their check-in time was noon, and they made us wait until then to enter the park. That gave us the time to visit Glen Canyon so it was a nice delay.
On the way back, we stopped at the Needles KOA (HOT! it was over 100 degrees and cooled down to 81 overnight) and Santa Nella RV Park (not nearly as hot).
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Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.