- I brought along my ipad and signed up for the AT&T data plan. Th cost for 250 MG was US$15 per month. It allowed me to check the map or estimate the arriving time when driving on the road. (Any tablet which has 3 or 4 G can perform this function too.)
- Also I used free GasBuddy app to check and compare gasoline price in different cities that we would drive through or stay for a night. It was handy for saving money on gasoline. Only problem was some update were old in some cities.
- Good paper maps covering the entire trip are necessary.
After one night of good rest, my prince became a frog which is always a pain in my butt in the early morning. I was required to wake up early and my ten more minutes rule was not in his dictionary when traveling in the States. I could understand his reasoning that the distance to the next destination requires a lot driving time when traveling in the States with a lot of stops for me.
Taking Loop Road (35 mi/56km) from the Sunset Crater Volcano National Park through Wupatki National Monument (Wukoki Pueblo/Wupatki Pueblo (0.5 mile trail loop trail behind visitor center, fee is required)/Citadel Pueblo/Nalakihu Pueblo/Box Canyon dwellings) to Highway 89.
I mistakenly formatted 4 GB of pictures which was at least a half days precious memory trip before downloading to my computer it was all lost. It was a heartbreaking experience. I told myself that the ancient Indian gave me an open invitation to go back again. It is worth the time to visit those sites. (Stop at the visitor centers to get the loop trail map.) Also a rest stop at Camberon was interesting. It was a good place to shop for souvenir.
|Luckily I found a few photos in my ipad. This was |
one of them. This was taken on Highway 89. It was
a popular scenic stop to see the broad landscape.
|The Colorado River eroded the plateau.|
|Road Side Indian Art Craft Booths|
|As we were talking, we passed by the side road which |
led us to the Horseshoe Bend trail. So we made a U
|The trail is about 1.5miles (2.4km) round trip and |
walking time is about 45 minutes. It is a sandy trail
which makes the walking more difficult up to the top.
|I though I would arrive at the bend once I reached |
the at the top of the hill. After seeing this scenery,
it proved my assumption was wrong. Well, Kept Walking!
|Before arriving at the edge of the cliff, this setting of |
the rocks was interesting to me.
|Comparing to the prior scenic places we visited,|
there were more foreign visitors here. We were on
the rim of the canyon. It is about a 1,100 feet drop
to the river. It was scary to stand close to the edge
but the view was gorgeous.
|This was one of my major focus points in our 9 days |
trip. I had a wide angle camera lens which let me take
the entire view. Sometime I lied down to take pictures.
I felt more secure and not so scared.
According to its introduction brochure, it is a 270 degree horseshoe shape.
|As I learned, this 15 miles of Colorado River from |
Glen Canyon to Lee Ferry is very calm. I could tell
by looking at the water. But I also saw oil floating
on the river surface. It was sad to see a beautiful
scenery with pollution.
|Taking pictures was a must thing here; however,|
seeing how people approaching to the cliff was
also fun which included myself.
|After taking this photo, my husband told me that|
" there is a chameleon in front of the flower."
What a surprise!
|Walking on the trail was just like walking on the|
beach. It was not easy especially up the hill.
However the view was worthy for the effort.
|After settling down and taking a short break, we |
drove to the Glen Canyon Visitor Center and
walked around the area .
|The dam was behind the visitor center.|
|The highway bridge picture was |
taken behind the visitor center.
|The information displayed inside the center was |
very useful to understand the dam, the geology,
and history around this area.
|My husband was showing me where |
we would visit the next day 4 corners.
|We arrived late for the dam tour.|
|As we drove back to the town, we |
found a side road and took the turn.
It was a great decision. This was
what I found.
|I was wondering around these big rocks and walked |
toward the water alone. It was fun and interesting to
explore the area.
|The geological formation was really amazing.|
|These two beauties asked me to take pictures of them |
jumped. I was instructed how to compose the picture:
the sun in the center and beauty in each side. This was
the first time I took this kind of pictures. I succeed
the third time.
|I enjoyed my time taking photos and exploring the |
beautiful landscape and forgot all about my husband
who waited for me in the car. He told me I was
missing for almost an hour. Well, what could I say!
I love you.
|Sunset at the dam|
|Thinking about what to eat for dinner was always a |
tough decision. Sometime it created a problem. The
beautiful sunset couldn't fulfill my stomach but only
|This was my dinner with a glass|
of white Zinfandel.