The second leg of our trip was through Arizona. We spent a few days on a nature preserve in Camp Verde, Arizona, south of Sedona. I really enjoyed stopping in Flagstaff on our way North. We bipassed the whole Grand Canyon thing in favor of something I think is even better: Antelope Canyon! This was a huge highlight of the trip for me. The slot canyon made of delicate sandstone is just East of Page, Arizona on the Navajo reservation. The navajo people manage the touring of the slot canyon, which is to say they cram dozens of tourists groups in the canyon at all hours of day, everyday and charge money to do so. Despite the canyon being a total tourist trap, I thought it was beautiful. It felt like a cathedral made of sandstone.
Afterwards we got some Texas BBQ at an old gas station and headed back North and home through the Monument Valley. And I have to say that Monument Valley definitely lives up to its reputation. The massively large buttes look down on you in a very quiet, ominous way that gives the whole flat space a very mystical feeling.