Lake Powell / Glen Canyon

Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

We left Grand Canyon in the morning and made our way to Lake Powell / Glen Canyon. The roads leading to Lake Powell / Glen Canyon initially hugged the rim of the Grand Canyon, then the Colorado River Gorge, then led us through what is considered "Navajo Nation".  We drove through miles and miles of Indian reservation which were home to endless canyons and mountains filled with color.  With the winds still very strong, at one point we were caught in the middle of a mini sand storm, it was super cool (see pix). 

Lake Powell was created in Glen Canyon by damming the Colorado River in the 60's.  The dam itself is not only a point of interest but a point of controversy with the environmentalists.  It is really pretty to see a canyon and its colors rest against the blues of the water.   We drove over the dam, and made our way to the Lake Powell Marina, within Wahweap Bay entrance and took a Antelope Canyon Cruise that toured one of the canyon hubs of Lake Powell.  Like Grand Canyon, Lake Powell / Glen Canyon was filled with non-US tourists, all shapes, sizes, ages, and nationalities.  We were the only Americans on the boat cruise and all we could hear were those talking about where they have been within The Grand Circle and where they are headed - we are sure to bump into to a few as we make our way through the circle ourselves. Considering the boat was expected to be packed and it was first come first serve, Christina pulled a George Castanza and pushed her way to the front ensuring we obtained prime seating (always a New Yorker).  Sitting in the marina of Lake Powell were almost a 100 houseboats parked (a low count since not yet considered in-season).  It appears that is the thing to do, own or rent a houseboat and chill on the lakes..some have water slides on their edges.

Lake Powell / Glen Canyon is definitely worth seeing, and with it being only 2 hrs away from the Grand Canyon it was worth adding it to our itinerary.  With the strong winds we didn't do any hiking but there are definitely trails to be had, we instead enjoyed a nice lunch at the Lake Powell Marina & Resort before our boat cruise.

May 23 - 24

Tomorrow we head to Monument Valley!
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I think a dam like that enhances the environment! Water levels seemed good, whereas I think Lake Meade (down river toward Vegas/Henderson) is still very low after many years of drought. But, maybe this year's snow melt has been big.

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