Kervin and I ended our long weekend trip with a short stop in Page, Arizona to check out Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Slot Canyon, both which have been on my “to see” list for quite some time!
For us, traveling is about the places we’re visiting yes, but it’s also about the people we meet. Whether it’s the college aged solo backpacker, the young dad and his kid, the best friend traveling duo, or another couple, it’s like a breath of fresh air. Their stories, their energy, their passion, the tiny glimpse into their lives, become a part of our story. Even if it’s just a brief encounter when standing in line for coffee, a silent affirmation from a pair of weary traveling eyes, or a comment when waiting in line at 3 AM that turns into a full blown conversation after finding out you both cheer for the same football team, even though you live in different countries. We all, I believe, on our deepest level want to be heard and I think, by no chance at all, people are placed in our lives at just the right time in just the right place for that to happen. Now, I don’t think you have to travel half way around the world to have that connection, but to me, learning about a place, is about the people.
Our first night visiting Horseshoe Bend, we met a couple in their 50’s or 60’s from Bend, Oregon. We were all patiently waiting for the sun to dip below the horizon for the magical sunset glow. He was setting up his fancy camera and she was silently watching him prepare for the “perfect” shot. Kervin and I were sitting there with our iPhones just hoping for the best. We started chatting and before I knew it he was inviting me to look through his carefully placed camera atop the tripod. We spent the next 45 minutes sharing our “definitely don’t miss this” and “that was our favorite” and “don’t forget to see this!” back and forth until the sun was no longer visible on the horizon. We ended up exchanging information when Jim offered to send us some pictures from the evening! Before leaving, we mentioned we would be back to see the sunrise in the same spot and Jim mentioned he was thinking of doing the same. We said our goodbyes and wished them a wonderful rest of their trip.
Even though we most likely will not meet Jim and his wife again, it was an evening I won’t soon forget. The conversation and connection were honest and heartfelt. It’s people like these that make a trip even more meaningful. I hope you enjoy some of our favorite shots from the trip!
- If your schedule allows, I definitely recommend getting up early to see the sunrise over Horseshoe Bend! It was so quiet and calm compared to the evening before during sunset. There were only about 5 other people watching the sun pop up over the horizon! Definitely worth the few less hours of sleep.
- The entrance for Horseshoe Bend has a parking lot, you’re sure to see the cars lined along the road when the lot gets full. There is a quick hike up a sandy hill that leads to the area that overlooks Horseshoe Bend, so I recommend wearing tennis shoes or hiking shoes.
- Antelope Canyon was breathtaking, but VERY touristy. In order to see the canyon you have to sign up for a tour. We used this site to book our tour. Leonard was a fantastic guide!