Natural wonders 4

Horseshoe bend

Horseshoe bend is one of the most visited parts of the Colorado river and a glance at the photograph above will tell you why. I have chosen this natural wonder

after my post on antelope canyon because you can relatively easily fit in trips to both. Just make sure you have a spare battery for the camera and plenty of space on your memory card!

Amazing sun shapes in antelope canyon

The parking area at horseshoe bend is some way from the point where the Colorado makes its 180° turn around. It gets VERY hot in the summer months so the sand and rock under foot will burn your feet if you are wearing flip flops or any open sandals. Walking on something akin to hot coals is clearly just for those in street entertainment so I recommend enclosed shoes/trainers and socks even though you are going to get sand in them. It's a kind of lose/ lose situation but well worth the hike. I actually witnessed an old lady pushing a stroller with a child in it plus two more holding the handles- not sure to this day, whether that was the day she had set out!

Power of the Colorado as it cuts its course

There's no health and safety barrier here. You do have to keep a hold of children and take care when photographing. I had never suffered vertigo before my trip to horseshoe bend but did have to beat a retreat from the edge and make use of the telephoto.

Old geography lessons came flooding back while taking in this breathtaking scenery. You won't understand why all the cars are parked at the side of the road and the sign is not very large, so it is possible to miss it. You will not be disappointed.



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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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