Sunday, July 16, 2017

羚羊谷一日游 Antelope Canyon Day Trip

~ 2017的春天,我又在美国 ~



羚羊谷一日游 Antelope Canyon Day Trip

08/04/2017

去了那么多次的美国,总是错过去羚羊谷的机会,这次终于给我盼到了!

羚羊谷,是世界上著名的狭缝型峡谷、也是知名的攝影景点之一。羚羊谷位于美国亚利桑那州北部,佩吉市以东,属于纳瓦荷族保护区。羚羊谷在地形上分为两个独立的部份:上羚羊谷(Upper Antelope Canyon)与下羚羊谷(Lower Antelope Canyon)。


关于第一次发现羚羊谷的人物时间等具体记录已不可考。据纳瓦荷族的厉史传述,该地过去是叉角羚羊棲息处,峡谷里也常有羚羊漫步,因而得名。老一辈的纳瓦荷族人曾将此地视为静思与大灵沟通的棲息地。(参考自维基百科) 


Finally, I visited Antelope Canyon!

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as "Upper Antelope Canyon" or "The Crack"; and "Antelope Canyon" or "The Corkscrew".



The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means 'the place where water runs through rocks'. Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (called "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or 'spiral rock arches'. Both are in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. (From Wikipedia)



从凤凰城出发,由I-17到US-89,一路向北,大约四个小时多的车程就可以到达羚羊谷。I-17和US-89这两条公路,我走了好几次,每次都很惊叹这里的沿途美景。

From Phoenix heading North, take I-17 and US-89, took four hours plus to reach our destination. The scenery on the way always stunning. 











由于羚羊谷在印第安人的管辖区内,加上狭窄的羚羊谷在下雨天的时候会迎来危险的闪电水灾,因此想参观羚羊谷必须由当地印第安人导游带领参观。这次我们选择参观游客相对较少的下羚羊谷,下羚羊谷只有两家旅社的导游可以带游客参观,两家的价钱都一样,每位25USD,大约十个人一组。由于是春假,下羚羊谷的人实在太多了,两家旅社排队买票的队伍都好长,我们选了这家设备看起来比较完善的Ken's Tour,排队买了11am的票,正是参观羚羊谷的最佳时间。

The only way to visit Antelope Canyon is to join the local guided tour arrange by the Navajo (the Native American people of the Southwestern United States) , the nature's structure of Antelope Canyon could be very dangerous especially during the rain season, therefore it is a need to hire the experienced local guide. Since we have limited time, we only able to visit Lower Antelope Canyon which was advised by Tripadvisor that it might be less crowded compare to Upper Antelope Canyon. There are two tour agency that arrange Lower Antelope Canyon's tour, both with same price, 25USD per person. We bought the 11am slot from one of the agency that have better facility, which is the best time to visit Antelope Canyon.

Ken's Tours
Address: Indian Rte 222, Page, AZ 86040, USA
Hours: Open today · 8AM–4PM
Phone: +1 928-606-2168
Website: http://lowerantelope.com/



我们买了入门票后,还有一些时间,便到附近的Antelope Point Marina走走,看来这里是个给游艇停靠的码头。

Since we still have some extra time, we went to nearby Antelope Point Marina to take a look.





终于轮到我参观啦!峡谷很深,入口很小,必须有次序的一个一个排队从铁梯走下去,今天的人也太多了吧!

Finally is our turn! You need to get down to the canyon by ladder one by one, today the canyon is crowded with tourist!






虽然我们的导游人好好,可是后面另一队的导游一直在后面赶鸭子,人又多,搞得我们很紧张,想好好拍照都难,还好走到最后人越来越少,才稍微喘口气好好拍几张照。

It was crowded with people and difficult to take a photo, luckily at the end of the way, it was less crowded and I manage to get some good photos.









羚羊谷真是漂亮得没话说,阳光在不同的时间,不同的角度照进来,产生不同的颜色,每一个角落,每一块石头都是独一无二的,大自然真是太奇妙了!

This place is really amazing, the sunlight, the color of the stone, the shape, everything was unique and beautiful!









































这是峡谷的出口,如果没人告诉你的话,真的是不容易发现这里面有奇妙的美景。

Well, this is the exit of the canyon, if you just pass by yourself, you will never know there are such a beautiful place down there.






继续我们的敞蓬跑车之旅!

Continue our road trip with sport car!



途经Hanging Garden,有小朋友在放风筝,我们也凑热闹下车看看。

Stop by Hanging Garden.










葛兰峡谷大坝 Glen Canyon Dam

葛兰峡谷大坝位于亚利桑那州的北部,建于亚利桑那州的科罗拉多河上。可以从周围的环境看出,这地方比较干燥,而大坝的使命就是为美国这部分特别干旱的地区贮存水资源。它高达216米,拱形的顶部长达470米。它因对当地的动植物群有影响而遭受批评,但却满足着三个州的社区需求。这个水坝是利用此地葛兰峡谷的自然条件,在峡谷两岸垒起大坝拦截科罗拉多河水,进行水利发电和水利调节。

Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, United States, near the town of Page. The 710-foot (220 m) high dam was built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S. with a capacity of 27 million acre feet (33 km3). The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a series of deep sandstone gorges now flooded by the reservoir; Lake Powell is named for John Wesley Powell, who in 1869 led the first expedition to traverse the Colorado's Grand Canyon by boat. (From Wikipedia)





参观葛兰峡谷大坝是免费的,那里还有一个博物馆,可以了解水坝的历史和运作。

Have a free visit to Glen Canyon Dam, there is a exhibition hall to tell visitor about the history of the dam and how it works.



从桥上看下来,这里好高啊!

View from the bridge, so deep and scary!












这附近还发现恐龙的足迹呢!

Dinosaurs foot prints found here!



水坝博物馆 The exhibition hall










马蹄湾 Horseshoe Bend

马蹄湾,是科罗拉多河靠近美国亚利桑那州佩吉市的一个马蹄形弯曲,坐落在格伦峡谷水坝和鲍威尔湖的下游,距佩吉市6公里。从89号美国国道徒步1.2公里可以抵达马蹄湾,陡峭的悬崖上方是最佳观景位置。悬崖上方的海拔为4,200英尺,科罗拉多河海拔3,200英尺,落差达1,000英尺。(参考自维基百科) 

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page. 
It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above. The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop. (From Wikipedia)


当银幕上的画面出现在你面前,只有两个字形容,兴奋!

This is how you feel when wallpaper appear in front your real life, excited!



美景当前,人人都很兴奋,各出奇招来拍照。

Not only me, everyone is excited and taking all kind of effort and risk to take a good photo.








马蹄湾周围环境也很漂亮,除了主要景点,也别忘了周围的美丽风景。

Beside the main attraction, the surrounding is beautiful as well.







一天又结束,回程停在可以眺望大峡谷的观景点,大峡谷就算远观也好壮观。这里风好大,好冷啊!

Is end of the day, on the way back, drop by at Grand Canyon view point, this place is so windy and cold!




再美丽的风景也不能永远停留,人生有无数的可能,也许还有再一次回来的机会,再见!

These places are too beautiful, hopefully I can come back again one day, good bye!