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It’s a 2 hours and 20 minuets drive down to Mono Lake from South Lake Tahoe, California. While scenice drive with vistas of the snow-capped landscapes of the Sierras, we also seized the opportunity to top off the tank in the State of Nevada, where gas is much cheaper.

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Trip Log:

  • 09:45am - Arrive at Lee’s Ferry and pay for the permit
  • 10:02am - Reach the parking lot
  • 10:06am - Look at the historic houses and boat wreckage
  • 10:15am - Start to hike Spencer Trail
  • 11:45pm - Summit and hang out
  • 01:12am - Start to hike back
  • 02:24pm - Back to the trailhead
  • 02:57pm - Start to hike Lower Cathedral Wash
  • 03:56pm - Reach the back of Colorado river
  • 04:10pm - Start to hike backs
  • 04:52pm - Back to the parking

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Trip Log:

  • 09:45am - Start out from Wire Pass Trailhead
  • 10:35am - Reach the junction with the Buckskin Gulch trail
  • 12:06am - First tricky part of the trail: a pile of huge rocks blocks the canyon but getting through is possible.
  • 12:59pm - Snack time!
  • 01:24pm - Start to hiking again
  • 03:19am - Take an unusually long break (15~20 minutes) and exchange information with the only other hiker we met on the trail.
  • 04:20pm - Back to the parking lot

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Before this trip, we learned online that Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons are similar in form. Upper Antelope Canyon is unique because light beams are visible but only during specific hours of the day. We are not big fans of light beam photos and the tour to Lower Antelope Canyon is cheaper and less busy, so we booked it with Ken’s Tour.

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From Oro Valley, North Tucson to Page is a 6-or-7-hour long drive. From Hwy 10 Phoenix emanates a familiar air that reminded us of San Diego: palm trees, big buildings, 5 lane merging freeways and heavy traffic…

After leaving the Sonoran Desert, the exotic saguaros give way to short bushes. To our surprise, the region around Flagstaff is covered with forests of pine tree contrasting with the earlier landscapes of bleak deserts. After Flagstaff, the scenery switches back to arid, desert lands with less and less vegetation and more and more rocky mountains: sometimes white, sometimes pink.