In early March, we decided to bring the boys on a family road trip around the southwest national parks. It was a perfect opportunity to teach them about the southwest region of our country along with some history lessons and some hands-on photography classes. THIS is just one of the reasons we were excited to homeschool.
Here is a journal of where we went and what we did. These photos are a blend of images taken by me (Prem) with a Canon 5dMK3 and an iphone 6s along with a few photos that the boys took of each other using Canon Rebel xti cameras.
On our way out of the area we drove back through Sedona and stopped off for a beautiful view of Sedona from the top of Airport Rd.
As sunset got closer, we took the bus to Pima point and planned to watch the sunset at Yavapai Point but we ran out of time and couldn’t make it back there before sunset. So, we went back to Mohave Point for sunset.
It was a pretty rough morning. Yesterday was a REALLY long day the kids didn’t get to bed until 11:00pm and then getting up super early was difficult. But, we made it! The Horseshoe Bend parking area is only a 5 minute drive outside of Page and then it’s a roughly 20 minute walk from the parking area to get to the cliff edge. The walk was fine, but the wind at the cliff edge was really cold and it was not the most enjoyable stop. However, it was very beautiful.
For those that aren’t familiar, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo land. It was formed over thousands of years by wind and water and provides photographers with limitless opportunities to capture beautiful abstract shapes. Over the last few years, it has become insanely popular and the difficult part about that is that it is a very small canyon so when you fit hundreds of people in this tiny canyon, it gets a bit crazy. It is also very expensive due to the popularity.
On our photography tour, we were grateful to be able to travel one direction without too many people in the photos. Our guide did a good job of making sure we could get some clean photos. On the way back, it was like herding cattle into a corral. It was shoulder to shoulder and there were probably 15 jeeps from the various tour companies all parked by the entrance.
The boys did great as they all used their tripods and received a lot of help from Cheridy to take photos inside the slot.
Here’s a quick iphone shot showing what the entrance to the canyon looks like.
The boys still had a great time taking photos by the river and playing around.
We started off at Inspiration Point.
We were arriving just in time for some beautiful evening light at Dead Horse Point which provides a magnificent view of the Colorado River snaking it’s way through this ancient landscape.
We then went to the Schafer trail overlook for a quick stop.
When I woke up in the morning, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Mayz had been really excited to see Spider Rock so that was our first stop.
The other main location and famous stop is the White House Ruins
In the evening we met up for a wonderful dinner at our friend Gail’s house and had dinner with her, her daughter Tracy, son-in-law Case, along with my friend Ben and his girlfriend Dena. The kids all had a blast swimming and playing in the yard.