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I hardly ever look at tourist brochures, but my sister gabbed a stack of them and was looking through the pile. She wanted to go rafting. I took a look at the trips and noticed there was a combination trip going to Lower Antelope Canyon in the morning and then rafting in the afternoon when it was warm. We decided that was good and she booked it. I'd seen amazing pictures of Antelope Canyon but had never been there and didn't even know where it was. As it turns out, it's on Navaho land right outside of Page, Arizona. We pulled into the parking lot, piled off the van and a young Navaho guide led us to a narrow crack in the ground. We climbed down on some steps they had installed. Wow, what an amazing place! I didn't go very far before I had to start taking pictures. Not long after by my way of reckoning, my sister came looking for me -- the bus was leaving and why was I taking so darn long... Everyone else had walked the length of the canyon, gone out the other end and walked back to the parking lot while I'd only gone maybe a hundred feet into the canyon. We went off to lunch and I told her I wanted to go back the next day without the tour - for $20 (plus $6 for parking) you could buy a four-hour photo pass and photograph to your heart's content. Happily I got to do that while she went on a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon which is the more regimented touristy part of the canyon on the other side of the highway...

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Taken on April 16, 2008