But wait! There was an option: the White House Trail to the bottom of the canyon is open to everyone, so off we went and I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful trail all the way to the bottom. The trail is well groomed and passes through several short tunnels.
Sandi wanted to see the "busy" town of Chinle, so we took the rest of the afternoon and explored Chinle, which took all of ten minutes, and the found a laundry mat to do laundry (we were the only light skinned folks in the place) and then decided to splurge and eat out. The Junction Restaurant menu offered Navajo food, so I ordered a lamb sandwich on fry bread...not so good for the waist line, but delicious and the service was great.
Tomorrow is the big Jeep ride in the canyon. So stay tuned.