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Twenty-three people left the Tempe Public Library parking lot at about 8 AM on Wednesday the 22nd of April for the trip to Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, and Antelope Canyon. That day we had lunch at Romo’s Café in Holbrook and later viewed Canyon de Chelly from the south canyon walls. The primary views include Spider Rock and the Whitehouse overlook. Our overnight accommodations were at the Canyon de Chelly Inn (Best Western). On Thursday morning we left Chinle, AZ and headed to Monument Valley. There we visited a typical Navajo hogan, and loaded onto small trucks for a tour of the Valley. We enjoyed the views (and the little dust storm) and had lunch at Goulding’s. We arrived in the late afternoon at Page, where we did a short visit to Glenn Canyon Dam and looked at Lake Powell (yes it is low in water). That evening our hotel was the Courtyard by Marriott.
Friday morning we were treated to a Navajo hoop dance and then loaded out for Antelope Canyon. This is one of the famous slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau. After viewing the canyon we stopped for a photo opportunity at Horseshoe bend of the Colorado River. We next stopped for some shopping at the Cameron Trading Post. We arrived in Flagstaff amid rain showers for lunch at Josephine’s. We returned to Tempe about 6 PM on Friday evening the 24th.
We need to recognize All Aboard America travel services who arranged the majority of the trip and give special recognition to our tour leader Ann and the our bus driver Steven.
Report by John Brock
ASU Retirees Association
Mailing address: PO Box 873308, Tempe, AZ 85287
Physical address: Community Services Building Room 201, 200 E. Curry, Tempe, AZ