The Southwest’s Best – Upper Antelope Slot Canyon and Zion National Park

We spent our last weekend before “the great move north” (AKA Seattle, the final leg of this tortuous PCS) on the Northern Arizona/Southern Utah border.  We planned to go to Page, Arizona to tour the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, probably the most famous slot canyon in the world, but decided to tack on Zion National Park when we heard it would be in the 70s.  Most of the time the peaks of Zion are covered in snow/ice in the winter and hiking is iffy at best, but not with global climate change.  People were hiking shirtless!  (Maybe I shouldn’t be writing this when the east coast is currently buried under feet of snow.)… [Read More]

Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

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After Bobby finished up his retraining in the jet, we found out he had some paperwork issues, so we’re stuck in Arizona for a few more weeks.  Although living in a dorm room on base is less than ideal, we figured we should be happy we’re holed up in a state where it’s 75-80 degrees in February.  (Thank goodness we are not here during the summer months!)  What better way to pass the time than to take advantage of Arizona’s national parks?  Of course, the most famous of its parks is the Grand Canyon, located northwest of Flagstaff.  I first visited with my parents when I was about nine years old and I don’t remember much other than some mules walking down a path, so needless to say, I was excited to return.  Bobby, on the other hand, although he has flown over the canyon numerous times, had never been!… [Read More]