Since last few years my friends and I have been able to keep up the tradition of going away for a small vacation once a year. Even after a few us got married, we have managed to keep up the custom. We really look forward to that first get together where we decide which destination to go that year. The excitement of skimming the internet to look at beautiful hotels & destinations and then actually shopping together for our trip…OMG! Planning the trip is almost as much fun as the trip itself. Unfortunately, we would not be able to plan a trip this year as we all have had some unforeseen expenses. Of course we are disappointed but hopefully we can plan something locally over one of the long weekends.
Last year we went to Vegas, Bryce canyon, Zion canyon and Antelope canyon. My favorite was Bryce canyon. Bryce canyon has something to offer to everyone with its very unique geology and a number of outdoor activities. There are various hiking trails to suit all levels of ease to enjoy the rock formations called hoodoos. For the more adventurous, you can try horse back riding, ATV’s, mountain biking etc. Give yourself at least three days to really enjoy the park. If you plan on visiting the park during summer months then do start planning well in advance as good activities, lodges etc to sell out really quickly. If you can, do try to attend one the free star-gazing trips organized by the park rangers. For us city folks we hardly ever get to see the sky and the stars in their full glory.
If in the region a trip to Antelope canyon is a must. It is after all the most visited and most photographed slot canyon in the southwest. The only way to visit the canyon is to take one Navajo guided tours and the best time to take the tour is at noon. The sunlight filtering down the curved sandstone walls makes magical, constantly changing patterns and shadows in many subtle shades of color. Although I do have to say experience would have been a lot better if we were not trying to chase light during the entire tour meanwhile getting out-of-the-way of hundred other tourists all crammed in a tiny slot area.
The beauty of these canyons and the vivid colors are going to stay with me forever!