The first night I tried to take night sky photos alone in the parking lot. I failed because I was afraid of any human surprise while I was taking photos. Maybe I watched too many horrible movies that depicted some psychics appeared and kidnapped women who were alone. I knew ten minutes exposure was not long enough. I didn't have a great return for the ten minutes shooting. I was very upset. So I discussed with my husband the night before for waking up early to take sunrise photos at Horseshoe Bend.
I had no problem to drag my husband to go with me in the early morning. He likes the freshness of the early morning air and weather. He was surprised that I did get up right away without asking ten more minutes in bed.
|Comparing to the prior day, only my husband and |
I were there. We enjoyed the tranquil morning.
|More and more people came to the site before sunrise. |
A dog barked down below the cliff echoed in the canyon
which broke the tranquility. But it made the atmosphere
|The sun started shining on the sky.|
|The rock formation on the rim|
|The reflection of the cliff in the river became red.|
It was just like on fired. As I stood close to the edge,
I saw a tiny kayak, a tent, and people walking on the
trail next to the river.
|Sand and Plant|
|After taking the photos, we were back to our hotel |
and got ready for our next journey.
|Our journey for the day|
|As we left Page and approached the power plant, |
we saw many tour trips to Antelope Canyon. It was a
pity that we did not have enough time to visit the
canyon. We have to wait for next time.
|After turning into the side rode, we still had to drive |
around 10 mile to the park.
|We saw a lot of vehicles stopped along the road |
and people were searching or working for
something. Our guessed was they were picking
the pine seeds (nuts). But the pine trees were all over
the park. How could they finish picking the endless
park ranger. She said it was in season. Navajo people
picked seeds, took the nuts out, and roasted the nuts.
|Hogan and Sweathouse: The transitional ancient|
Navajo building structures. These two structures
were behind the visitor center.
|It was very interesting to learn the sweathouse and |
thought about nowadays lifestyle comparing to the
|We took the Sandal Trail which was 1.3 miles round-trip |
behind the visitor center to the outlook overlooking the
|It was built between 1250 to 1300. Approximate |
75-100 people lived here with 135 rooms according
to the archaeological survey.
|I felt I was like a paparazzi to peep at someone's |
privacy. Anyway, it was amazing to see the close-up
dwelling. The park offered free guided tours to reach
the dwellings' site.
Please visit its official website for more detail.
|The 1.3 mile round-trip trail sounded |
not to long. But when it came to an inclined
hill, it was hard to walk and consumed
more energy than walk down the hill.
|Most time it was boring driving on the desert|
environment. There would be some silent time in
the car. My best way to kill time was to document
rocks or look at some interesting forms of clouds.
These rocks were called baby rocks.
|We arrived at Four Corners National Monument |
which was managed by the Navajo Nation. The
entrance fee was US$ 3 per person.
|The Navaj Nation is the biggest population among |
all the Indian tribes.
|My husband bought me a pair of earring |
from this jewelry vendor. He was talking
to her asking some questions about the
Navajo Nation and promoting Taiwan.
|We met this rock which is called Shiprock on our |
way to Farmington, New Mexico after we left the
four corners. It is an important landmark.
|We arrived at our hotel in Farmington. We were|
surprised by the room which had a kitchenate with
a dishwasher. It was unusual set up in a hotel room.
My husband and I were very happy with the room
quality and friendly staffs.
|After we drove around the down, we met these riders |
especial two female riders. I am always amazed by
them handling a heavy motorcycle and they don't
worry about the weather situation on roads.
|The view from our room|