Peekaboo Canyon – A Carnival-Like Experience
We decided on another outing with our new friend “G”. This one was sold to us as a visit to a slot canyon, but it was more like an outing to the carnival. It’s just a short 30 minute drive outside of Kanab to the canyon entrance, but there is a catch. The last 3 miles are via Jeep trail over hills and through deep sand. G loves to go 4 wheeling in his Jeep. I think he uses his guiding job as an excuse to push his driving to the limit. Who wouldn’t love to play and entertain folks while making a living? “G” went out of his way to find a few very steep hills that closely resembled those on a roller coaster. You know how you lose your stomach as you crest the top and start going down.
I only screamed twice and I didn’t loose my breakfast.
We are the first visitors of the day to the canyon. “G” brings his shovel. During out outing to White Pocket the shovel was for the restroom, “G” assures us this time there is another reason. Sometimes, you don’t ask.
Each slot canyon is different, and different sections can refract the light differently, creating colors from yellow, to orange, to red and even to purple.
Now for the first shovel event. “G” begins throwing shovels full of sand high up against the side of the canyon. In a long exposure photo, this creates a waterfall effect.
Later, the shovel comes in handy again. This time he throws sand into the sunlight to make the beams of light visible. Not all canyons have light beams, and for those that do, the timing is critical. The sunlight may only come through the slit in the top of the canyon for a few minutes a day.
But, this ride comes with risk. Throwing lots of sand into what is basically a wind tunnel is fine if the wind is blowing away from you. If not, it’s like a day at the beach. Carnivals can have beaches can’t they? I came out with sand everywhere including down my shirt and behind my ears.
However, when you are able to capture the sand highlighting the beams of light it creates an awesome effect.
What carnival would be complete without a posed photo? Here’s Jeff and I through the “peek” hole in the canyon from whence it gets its name.
Remember, it’s all about the light and how it peeks through the canyon.