Helen and I took five days in mid-September to visit the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Bryce National Park, and Zion National Park. All photos by us.

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We took a flight from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.

The Grand Canyon

Panorama view of the Grand Canyon

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Note the people on the ledge

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

We stayed at El Tovar, a lodge on the rim.

We stayed at El Tovar, a lodge on the rim. I strongly recommend the Sonora Eggs and Chorizo for breakfast ­čÖé┬á

Helen as close as she dared to get...

Helen as close as she dared to get…

At the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon

At the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon

The Columbia River Gorge. This river flows into the Grand Canyon.

The Little Colorado River Gorge, which flows into the Grand Canyon.

Horseshoe Bend. This is at the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon, near Page, Arizona.

Horseshoe Bend at the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon, near Page, Arizona.

And how I took that photo. Get close to the edge and lean out a bit.

And how I took that photo. Get close to the edge and lean out a bit.

Helen, again, close to the edge.

Helen, again, close to the edge.

With lots of red desert dust, sunsets are spectacular.

With lots of red desert dust, sunsets are spectacular.

Three-toe dinosaur footprint in the rock.

Three-toe dinosaur footprint in the rock.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

There's Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. The lower canyon is difficult to enter, which means no crowds. It's very difficult to take a bad photo. Helen took nearly 100 pixs here.

There’s Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. The lower canyon is difficult to enter, which means no crowds. It’s difficult to take a bad photo.

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I stood behind Helen as she took a photo. Look at the people and you can see the size of the canyon.

I stood behind Helen as she took a photo. Look at the people and you can see the size of the canyon.

Coming out of Lower Antelope Canyon. To enter, you climb down a steep long ladder.

Coming out of Antelope Canyon. To enter, you climb down a steep long ladder.

Antelope Canyon from above. The entrance is at the far right, out of the photo. It takes about 45 minutes to go through the canyon.

Antelope Canyon from above. The entrance is at the far right, out of the photo. It takes about 45 minutes to go through the canyon. The canyon is owned and managed by the Navajo nation.

At Bryce National Park.

At Bryce National Park.

The sandstone has been carved into pillars by water and wind.

The sandstone has been carved into pillars by water and wind.

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Hiking in the rain. Every day, we got up before sunrise, had a quick breakfast, and went out. This meant few people. By noon, there were large crowds.

Bryce Canyon... in the rain :-) Can't see anything.

Bryce Canyon… in the rain ­čÖé Can’t see anything.

At Zion National Park

At Zion National Park.

Zion is as spectacular as Yosemite. You really should got to this park.

Zion is as spectacular as Yosemite. You really should got to this park.

Zion in the rain.

Zion in the rain.

Do you have good eyes? There's a deer in the photo.

Do you have good eyes? There’s a deer in the photo.

The sun is breaking through the clouds.

The sun is breaking through the clouds.

Lots of waterfalls. Standing inside a waterfall, looking along the canyon walls.

Lots of waterfalls. Standing inside a waterfall, looking along the canyon walls.

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On the way back.