Sturdy shoes and sandstone grit will take anyone into northern Arizona’s slot canyons, Horseshoe Bend, and the Grand Staircase, a national monument. Slot canyon tours are popular, especially with serious photographers. Think Arizona Highways and gorgeous calendars with 12 luscious sandstone images. Slot canyons are primarily on the Navajo Indian Reservation and that means No Tresspassing. My white tennis socks turned dusty red on the upper and lower Antelope Canyon treks. Between the two, I preferred the narrow trail and unhurried lower canyon experience. Two thumbs up for the 1.6 mile round-trip hike to see rock formations shaped like toadstools.
The beginning of November is a primo time to visit Lake Powell. Boats are docked and locked for the winter. The Bulgarian hotel workers are gone. Bus tours stop for a day to see the Glen Canyon Dam and visit the John Wesley Powell Museum. The place has a coolness that acknowledges a seasonal change. I took some photos and was wowed by smoke stacks rising from the desert floor. The Navajo Generating Station, a 2250 megawatt coal-fired plant that sends smoke to the Grand Canyon and electricity to Los Angeles, stretches across the landscape – an impressive temple to technology.
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