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Visitor Center at Best Friends Sanctrary

Entrance of Antelope Slot Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon - Looking straight up.

Lake Powell Cruise Boat.

Canyon from Cruise Boat

Tapestry Wall - On Cruise.

Marina full of Houseboats.

Dam and Bridge (look close) seen from the lake.

Bridge while standing on Dam

Dam while standing on Bridge.

From bridge looking down river from Dam

Horseshoe Bend - 1000 ft. above river.

Sunday, Sept. 12, we drove to Kanab, Utah. This small town claims to be the second Hollywood, because some 70 plus movies and TV programs have been filmed in the area. It started in about 1924 with the last one on their list in 2002. Movies such as Planet of the Apes, The Apple Dumpling Gang and TV show Gunsmoke were on their list. The other thing that Kanab is noted for is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They have a TV show called “Dog Town” on the National Geographic Channel that Carol has watched so this was a “must see” for her.

Monday morning we took a tour of Best Friends facility and it is large, with over 3,000 acres in a canyon once used for movie making. It was started in the late 1980s and they rescue dogs, cats, horses, birds, bunnies, pot bellied pigs or about anything else on their “no kill” ranch. They have taken in Michael Vicks dogs, puppy mill dogs, abandoned animals and all type of animals that are in danger of being euthanized. They are financed by donations and memberships. They have some staff but they use thousands of volunteers. Our tour guide was once a volunteer and she loved it so much that she came back this last July and joined the staff. She tried to recruit all of us on the tour and said volunteers that work for longer than two weeks are supplied housing. After lunch in Kanab, we drove east of town to find Johnson Canyon road. This canyon was used for the set of Gunsmoke. We found the old buildings used for the set but they were in very poor shape and just about to fall down. Back to town, Carol did some souvenir shopping and I found a couple of geocaches.

Tuesday, was moving day and it was a scenic drive along the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Just as the highway crossed into Arizona we stopped at the Pipe Spring National Monument. This farm was built by some Mormon farmers around this water spring, which they used to raise cattle, start an orchard and vineyard. Indians raided the farm so the house was built like a fort and it remains there still. We were given a tour of the house by park rangers and were invited to visit the orchard to pick an apple, a peach and some grapes. I did and the peach was small but very tasty. Back on the road, we landed for a few nights at Page, Arizona. Page is just inside the Arizona boarder and is the town near the Glen Canyon Dam, which forms Lake Powell.

Wednesday, Carol and I made reservations to take a tour of Antelope Slot Canyon. We arrived an hour early, forgetting that Arizona does not observe Day Light Savings. We killed some time at Walmart and returned for the tour. This canyon is on Navajo land so the two companies in town that operate these tours are Navajo owned. They have five tours a day and during our tour they took six truckloads at fourteen people per truck. This is a very popular tour even though the last few miles of the trip is through a dry creek bed, full of dusty, loose sand where they have to use 4-wheel drive. The canyon is a very narrow canyon, where at places only one person can pass through at a time but other times it is large enough to form a small room. Centuries of water erosion has worn the sandstone walls into beautiful curvy swirls and with the sunlight just peeking through the narrow ceiling crevices, it accents the colors. I took over 60 pictures here so it was hard choosing which to display. My pictures just do not show how unique this canyon is.

Thursday, we took a three-hour cruise on Lake Powell. This lake is known as a houseboat haven and the two marinas we saw were just full of houseboats. The Lake Powell dam is across Glen Canyon (Colorado River) so the lake is long, skinny, deep and 186 miles long with about 2000 miles of shoreline. There are many side canyons and our cruise boat took us into two of those side canyons. In my pictures you will see the white line on the rock, which shows the high water level back in 1983. Above that waterline are the beautiful red sandstone walls.

Friday, Carol stayed at the RV while I found some geocaches and then went to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center. I saw a movie about dam construction and then took the tour inside the dam and the hydro-generators. This area of Utah and Arizona was deserted until this project was started. The building process started in 1956 by building the bridge that crosses the Glen Canyon and then the dam was built and completed in 1963. The town of Page was started at this location for the workers to live and was a government town until early 1970s. That afternoon I took a 7/10-mile hike to see Horseshoe Bend, which is down river of the dam. It was not a bad hike out to the site because it was mostly down hill. What a beautiful view from the 1000 ft. high walls of the canyon down into the canyon formed by the river. The hike back in the loose sand just about did me in. About halfway up the hill, I was getting dizzy and just about passed out. There was no shade, no place to sit down unless you want to sit on the hot sand. I was thinking, what have I gotten myself into. These people that are passing by me would not be able to carry this fat guy out of here. I drank the hot water I had remaining and finally recovered enough to finish the hike. I should have done this hike earlier in the cool of the morning. Maybe I have learned my capabilities and the need to lose some weight.

Saturday, September 18, 2010, we drove back into Utah and the landed in the very small town of Mexican Hat.

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