Another long day!
I got up bright and early at 4:11am and double checked my reservation for Antelope Canyon. I read it through and realized that even though I would be driving southeast for 2.5 hours, Arizona was an hour earlier than where I was! I made a quick decision to go back to sleep until 5:15am and was out the door by 6am. I drove through the sunrise again and made my way through some beautiful areas. Lake Powell was particularly beautiful!
I arrived on time for my scheduled 8:00am tour of the slot canyon. Me and 9 other people ride in the back of a dune buggy like truck out to the canyon. You can’t drive there yourself. You have to book a tour. I believe it is owned by the Navajo tribe.
We walked through slowly as our guide, Ricky, told us stories about how it was found, and where to take the best pictures. He even took portraits of all his guests with their own cameras. You know I love pictures of myself so this made my day! I was just in awe the whole time. I would recommend everyone go sometime in their life. There is no hike. You just meander through the canyon. After the tour, I headed out for the Grand Canyon.
The drive wasn’t much farther and by 1230pm, I was pulling into the national pArk. I asked the ranger in the ticket booth about the girl that dies here yesterday and she assured me that people die all the time here. It was very encouraging.
I was dissatisfied with the sheer number of people parking at the visitors center so I decided to find my campsite I had booked a long time ago. I found my spot among the long needle pines. I’m falling in love with this area down here! I set up my tent no problem, feeling like a champ the whole time. I rested at my site for a while, as hardly anyone was at the campground yet, before deciding to treck to the shuttle bus.
The Grand Canyon is pretty amazing, though to me, it looks just about the same from every view point, so I mapped out my approach to seeing it. First stop, gift shop. I collect Christmas ornaments from where I travel to so this was a must. Second stop was a shuttle tour up the west side of the south rim. I got off at every other of the 7 or so stops and took pictures. I tried to take self timer pictures of myself, but as usual some kind stranger noticed my struggles and offered to help take a picture for me. It’s one of the only downfalls of traveling alone, and I always find help!
At about 6pm tired little ol me trudged back to my campsite and cooked dinner on the camping stove. It was nice to not have to microwave my food. My food coma set In pretty quickly and I napped for about an hour at 7pm. In fact it’s about 8:15pm now and the sun has set. I’m probably going to sleep for good soon. Goodnight all!
I drove today. A lot. Tomorrow will be longer but definitely not as boring as today. It was about 104 degrees most of my drive today from the Grand Canyon to Ventura, ca. It was so hot most of my food in my coolers went bad and I was able to heat up my burrito on my car hood. I hit LA traffic and sat in the smog. California has one best quality though, the beach. I finally got to the beach today. It was a bit cold but I hung out there for a while and enjoyed the waves and sea breeze. I got amazing pizza at cafe fiorine in Ventura and went back to the hotel. Since I was up at 5 am, I’m already ready to crash. 😂