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After Lower Antelope Canyon, we left Page, AZ to go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Since US 89 had collapsed in a landslide 25 miles south of Page last February, we had to drive through Kanab, UT instead of going by a shorter route through the Vermillion Cliffs. However, that gave us a chance to stop and see some toadstools about 20 miles north of Page, just beyond the border with Utah, on the north side of US 89 in the Paria River Valley.

Toadstools are rock formations that look like mushrooms, with a hard top balanced on a softer columnal body eroded by the force of wind and sand. Almost right away, from the entrance to the toadstool area you can already see some toadstools to the right of the mesa in the photo below.

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I hiked on for another half a mile to view the famous Red Toadstool. It is often displayed on brochures and posters.

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As you can tell from the photos, it was around noon time then. To see more toadstools would have meant hiking another one or two miles. The temperature was climbing past 105 F (40 C), and I was not carrying any water, so I turned around and went back to the car where my wife was waiting with a cool bottle of water.

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