Drive-By America: Day 12 – Deserting the Desert
If you’ve been along for the ride thus far, you’ll remember that we last left off from Buena Vista, Colorado after a successful late afternoon reunion with our camera batteries, drove through the beautiful Pagosa Springs, and took to “bed” in a small town somewhere on the road between here and there, leaving the rest of the drive to Antelope Valley for today. The night was as cold as ever, but as the sun arose and we continued southwest towards the border, the terrain lost it’s silver shimmer and turned back into good old dusty dessert, complete with enough warmth to exit the car for street shots without the aid of boots or jackets. We cruised right on through four corners and into Page, AZ, where we found out that what was supposed to be a $7 entrance fee to the famed antelope canyon was really $46 per person for a short guided only tour, which under summer circumstances might actually be worth the fee, but in the winter the lighting is simply unspectacular. So once again we regrouped at a local feed shack to plan out the next move. After taking in a few sights of the bridge and Dam, we started yet another after hours drive, this time north into BLM territory, and back towards the cold snow. The day wasn’t a complete waste, however, thanks to Silver Bean, an amazing coffee shop in Cortez, CO built in in an old trailer that’s apparently been in the family for at least a couple generations. Now, as we reach our 3000th mile, we change our plans and move onwards to some National Parks.