Arizona, Home Away From Home

Great Day and Not so Great an Evening

We started the day off with a hike to Horseshoe Bend. Knowing it was cold and would be so for the remainder of the day we dressed accordingly. In fact I felt like the Pillsbury Dough Boy because of the layers I had on but they worked. I never got cold. In fact I even got a little warm as we were finishing our hike.

Horse Shoe Canyon
The hike is only 1 ½ miles round trip but it is uphill and downhill in sand which makes it more difficult. There were so many people there in January that I can’t imagine what it must be like in season, kind of resembling an ant farm I’m sure. It is a beautiful hike and at the end of the trail we got to do one of most favorite things – scramble over rocks, up and down, over and under.

After the hike we came back to the coach for lunch and then headed out to the highlight of the day, Upper Antelope Canyon. We had booked the tour earlier with Antelope Canyon Tours so we went to their office. After we signed in we sat down and started chatting with a couple and lo and behold, they were from Raleigh and were also RVers although not RVing this trip. They are fairly new to RVing so we answered some of their questions. Despite being on the road nearly four years I still feel like a newbie and boy did I feel that even more in the evening. The guy asked about towing so Jerry told him of our experience towing on a dolly and then told him about four down towing even taking him out and showing him out setup.

The tours were called and we went out and met our guide, Patrick as we loaded into the back of a truck. It was open air but had plastic panels on the side so was not bad at all. We had gotten a blanket from the office but we really didn’t need it. Jerry had the last seat so although it was probably the coldest he certainly had the best view as we traveled over the sandy desert to Upper Antelope Canyon.

Truthfully, Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen and it is all natural, nothing man made. Although January is not the optimum time for seeing the sun rays bouncing off of the walls it was still mesmerizing. I looked up so much that I found myself stumbling a bit to keep my balance. Patrick was a great guide as he pointed out various highlights of the canyon plus often took pictures for us. He had even initially taken our phones and cameras and showed us the best settings to use. I could not possibly describe the unbelievable and natural beauty of this canyon so I’ll just let the pictures speak for it.

After our tour we decided to ride to Antelope Canyon. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at a closed marina. No canyon or hiking there!
What trip to a new town is complete without a trip to Walmart so off we went to pick up a few groceries? Then back to the coach for the rest of the afternoon and dinner and a quiet restful night – WRONG!

We were cooking dinner and then suddenly a pop and all of the appliances went out plus all of the outlets. Then began several hours of trying to determine the problem, posting on RVTips on FB, calling Newmar support and generally troubleshooting all to no avail. Strangely enough we still had lights but then after a loud noise the furnace went off. What to do? Jerry asked me if I wanted to go to a hotel and I suggested just staying there with A LOT of covers on the bed. I just did not want to leave the coach. Eventually the furnace came back on so we had lights and heat and no need to go to a hotel for the night. Jerry thought that possibly there was no power on the post so we ended up moving the RV over one space. I drove while Jerry directed. That was scary! With no chance of solving the problem at night we called it a night and went to bed. As I said we had heat and in 20 degree weather that was the most important thing. Praise God for heat and lights.