|The heart of Antelope Canyon|
Little do I still know about the Southwest desert. The desert has many doors. My perception is constantly changing. But one thing is for certain, the desert is unforgiving. One of the relentless episodes of the Southwest are its flash floods. They can be extreme yet beautiful - amazing to watch! Unless you were born and raised here, and even then, flash floods are tricky. You can be camping miles away from a storm and voila! Out of nowhere, a gushing river will shard in front, on top, or under your very existence.
Dori and I recently (during the Paris shootings) went on a road trip to Page, Arizona. 9 Europeans and 2 Americans from New Orleans died in Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. This happened a few years back and as the report tells it - the skies over the canyon were clear. A thunderstorm doomed in the distance. The leaders of the Navajo Nation which holds title to the canyon, have insisted that their toll-booth operator at Antelope Canyon told the group to get out of the canyon because of an upriver thunderstorm. The advice was ignored. Their guide was the group's sole survivor, found in the wake of the flood clinging to a ledge, naked and badly battered. Drowning is the least probable cause of dying in a desert - but it happens.
|The eye of the canyon|
|These photos aren't the best. Taken by an iphone. Our guide told us the best time to take photographs inside the canyon is in July.|
|Our guide into Antelope Canyon. A young Navajo that is talented with the flute and camera. He told us that his great grandmother ( in the 1930's) was the one who discovered the canyon looking for her lost sheep.|
|Horseshoe Bend right next to Page, Arizona. Easy Access - no guide needed.|