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Antelope Canyon

36°51' 43" N 111°22' 28" W Antelope Canyon

Nov 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

After a night spent in Page, we drove bright and early to Antelope Canyon, ready for a day full of adventures! We arrived at the Upper Canyon only to find out that it cost $8 for the park entrance but then we had to pay another $40 per person for a guided tour. Our faces clearly read “WTF?!” as the woman in the booth told us that. It turned out you can’t go to Antelope Canyon without going with a guide, end of story. So much for travelling cheaply…

Hoping to find better prices, we headed to the Lower Canyon and opted for Ken’s tour – $28 per person (including park entry) – hoping it was really worth it.

Fortunately, it was more than worth it and is officially one of the coolest things we’ve done on our trip! What is really amazing is that the surface is completely flat and you can’t see anything until you spot steep ladders going underground. We went down in a small group to find ourselves 5 meters deep into the canyon. Unlike other canyons, this one is a tunnel of perfect waves of sand offering an incredible display of red, brown and beige colours, with beams of light passing through at times. It is created by water and then moulded into a smooth and dizzying zigzag of curves and narrow passages by the force of the wind. It honestly made us feel as if we’d entered another dimension.

Steph in Antelope Canyon
Steph in Antelope Canyon
Maeva in Antelope Canyon
Maeva in Antelope Canyon
Shark face in Antelope Canyon
Shark face in Antelope Canyon
Curves of Antelope Canyon
Curves of Antelope Canyon

As we visited the canyon, we got to chat with our super friendly guide and learn more about it and why it is only accessible via guided tours. It turns out the entire canyon is maintained by the people who organize the tours: they set up the ladders, clean up the water when it floods and add sand to create the path for people to walk on at the bottom. Otherwise there would only be a breach (faille check) and you would be walking with a foot on each side.

Maeva and the zigzags of Antelope Canyon
Maeva and the zigzags of Antelope Canyon
Steph and Maeva among the crazy curves of Antelope Canyon
Steph and Maeva among the crazy curves of Antelope Canyon
Beams of light through Antelope Canyon
Beams of light through Antelope Canyon
Maeva underground in Antelope Canyon
Maeva underground in Antelope Canyon
Steph underground in Antelope Canyon
Steph underground in Antelope Canyon

Oregon Sand Dunes

43°35' 32" N 124°12' 16" W Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

We then continued down the coast, following the scenic road just by the ocean. Definitely one of the most fun drives to feel on the edge of the continent and take a look at the numerous rock formations in the ocean. We were really excited about our next stop: the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area – 50 miles of sand dunes down the coast. Following our precious guide, we decided to do the John Dellenbeck Trail and we weren’t disappointed. After a quick walk through the forest, we found ourselves in a completely new landscape. Sand, sand, sand. Mountains of sand, everywhere. And man, walking in the sand is a bit of a work out! But jumps and sprints down the dunes make it totally worth it. We even had a ‘how much sand did you get in your shoes’ competition, Steph won – but I think he cheated.

 

Maeva on the sand dunes of Oregon
Maeva on the sand dunes of Oregon
Maeva jumping on the sand dunes of Oregon
Maeva jumping on the sand dunes of Oregon
Maeva running down the sand dunes of Oregon
Maeva running down the sand dunes of Oregon
Steph jumping over the sand dunes of Oregon
Steph jumping over the sand dunes of Oregon

Yaquina Head Outstanding Area

44°40' 30" N 124°4' 20" W Yaquina Head Natural Outstanding Area

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

We quickly visited the Yaquina Head State Park in Newport for a view of the lighthouse, the beach and its numerous rocks sticking out of the sea. As we reached the lighthouse, we met a photographer firmly holding his tripod and camera. He explained that he was trying to a get a money shot of the tail of the whale out there. Whale?! Eager to see it as well, we waited with him and every three minutes we spotted the grey back of the whale and a splash of water. We never saw more and the photographer headed in another direction to find more luck, but hey, it still counts right?

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Ocean View
Yaquina Head Ocean View