Page and Monument Valley

Trip Start Nov 20, 2006
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Trip End Jun 27, 2007


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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Just before leaving the Grand Canyon we sorted out our accommodation for the next few nights. I wanted a last minute look around the gift shop so left the accommodation in Matt's capable (or so I thought) hands. When I got back to the internet Matt was looking a bit sheepish. While booking our motel in Page he was so intent on making sure our room was one that had cable TV that he didn't realise he had clicked on the wrong button and booked us into a handicapped room. After stressing to Matt that I wasn't taking part in his plan of walking into reception with a limp he decided that total denial was the best option. So when we checked in and the reception enquired 'you've booked the handicapped room?' Matt put on his best innocent and confused look - 'No, definitely not'. I was around the corner trying not to laugh!

We were quite tired that evening so we thought we'd have a quiet drink in the hotel bar. We have been looking forward to meeting a few Americas and got chatting to one of the locals at the bar. Everything was going great to start with until he started dissing our itinerary and telling us where we should go instead. He went on and on........you don't want to go there........there's nothing there to see..........you must go here..........you'll be cheating yourself if you don't visit here. Enough was enough and we made a quick escape to dinner!

Our first stop in Page was a visit to Lake Powell. The Lake is a canyon filled with water - the water being a good contrast to the usual dry red rock.



We also did a tour to Antelope canyon. This canyon has been formed by river water forcing it's way through and shaping the rock. The canyon is about a metre wide and the light coming through the top created amazing colours on the rock. Our tour guide was a very amusing guy who seemed obsessed with taking photos of Matt and me - at least we have a few of us both together.



The next day was a couple of hours drive to Monument Valley. The area is full of strange monolith rock formations (called buttes and mesas). A lot of westerns have been filmed in the area. We did a self drive tour around the rock formations, all of which have been given names (somewhat tenuous) to describe what they look like. Matt found it very funny when I got confused between a 'Butte' and a 'Butt' and couldn't understand why 'Elephant Butte' didn't look anything like the back end of an elephant! Nevermind - we all make mistakes!

We stayed the night in Kayenta and thankfully it was just a night. It is an extremely small town with not a lot there!

Next stop is Zion National Park............
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