It was still very windy and hazy that we decided not to go visit Horseshoe Bend. We went there last year when the weather was better. Always another time, right?
We packed our lunches, snacks and drinks before we left to go to Ken's Tours to talk about getting tickets to see Lower Slot Canyons. The online reservation was cut off this morning, so I was not able to reserve tickets. I saw that there were very few time slots available.
At Ken's Tours we asked if we could go on a 3 pm tour (it was 12:45 pm at that time), but Erwin asked the desk if it was possible for us to go on a 1:30 pm tour. We were ushered to a waiting area to wait and see if there was a cancellation or no show. We waited for like 15 minutes before we were told that we can get the 1:30 pm tickets. Backpacks, purses, GoPro, disposable cameras and tripods are not allowed. I had a purse with me and the female guide told me that I could not bring it. Thanks to Erwin's idea it was turned into a fanny pack (permitted). The admission fee for each person is $40 plus $8 permit fee and taxes.
I had my Canon 80D camera with 18-300mm lens, but brought wide eye lens (11-24mm) along just in case. Erwin brought two bottles of water.
Kevin, our tour guide, briefly explained what to expect once we get to the top of the Canyons. He helped me set up the correct white balance for our iPhones and my Canon camera.
Winds were blowing hard as we were herded to where the ladder down to Lower Slot Canyons was. Taking pictures when you are on a ladder or steps is strictly forbidden. Safety comes first!
We had supper at Big John's Texas BBQ (we ate there last year). We elected to dine inside because it was still very windy. Erwin had a platter of pulled pork sandwich, 3 baby back ribs, potato salad and beans. I had 6 baby back ribs with two sides. The ribs were SO tender and fell off the bones easily.After dinner we shopped at Safeway to pick up fresh vegetables, meats, snacks and a case of water in preparation for our next destination in Utah. The town we will be camping in for 2 nights is a very small town with the population of 133.
Just before the sunset we drove up to Wahweap Overlook to enjoy the view of Lake Powell. The winds must have blown more than 60 miles per hour. I stood on top of a boulder for picture taking and the wind tried to push me off.
Even at midnight the winds were still packing punches when we got back to the campground. The weather forecast called for a cool weather and less winds tomorrow.