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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ

Aloha Everyone,

Guidebooks mention that the three top attractions in Page are Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. This morning, we decided to visit the Horseshoe Bend, which is located only 4 miles from downtown Page.  Once we got there, we had to hike on a dusty, sandy trail about 1.5 miles each way in order to be able to view the famous 180 degree curve in the Colorado River.

The view is post card perfect even though the level of the river was low and late morning light cast shadows in the canyon.

The day time high was 73 degrees but without any trees to shade us, we were perspiring.

There were at least  50 people at any given time around the rim of the lookout. J.J. and I spoke with travelers from Germany, Belgium, France and Canada. But the funniest group was 8 Japanese girls in their 20's and their Japanese tour guide, the only male. As each girls took their place to pose for souvenir photo some dangling their legs over the cliff and raising both hands up in the sky, the tour guide who was taking the photo stopped and addressed the girls. With a serious look and a tone of voice he said, "Be sure to leave all your valuable including your identification behind when you pose for photos. This way if you go over the cliff, we know your identity."

At the only covered "rest area" J.J. and I met Arti. She decide not to walk to the cliff and was waiting for her husband Ravi to come back. I told her that it was not a difficult walk and as usual, I tried to practice mindful walking and chanted Gayatri Mantra.

It was a treat to be able to meet someone who understood what I was talking about. Here is a picture of Arti and her husband, Ravi:

Aloha -- Cathi