Lake Powell

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Gary Yamamoto's

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, September 27, 2010

Hwy 89 from Bryce Canyon into Arizona is a beautiful drive, a continuation of a geologically determined landscape, not quite to the scale of Bryce but nonetheless the rocks jutting up with compressed layers of varied colors, valleys with cottonwoods displaying fall color and rivers snaking along the valley floor as we gradually descended from 8,000 feet to 6,000 feet elevation and enter Arizona. Bands of color cross the desert like a multilayered torte creating pleasing vistas.



Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam are the first remarkable landmarks we encounter.  The construction of the Glen Canyon Dam brought electricity to millions of households in the southwest and in the process flooded thousands upon thousands of acres of native lands, killing a once vibrant canyon.  Much opposition has been expressed on the construction of this dam and to this day many have voiced regret in supporting its construction.  

Page Arizona, where we spent the night, was created to house the workers who built Glen Canyon Dam and is now a mecca for boaters and tourists who flock here to enjoy Lake Powell but not much else of note.

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