We left Las Vegas and drove to Page, Arizona. The town of Page was founded as a support facility when they were building the Lake Powell Dam on the Colorado River in the early 60's. They poured concrete for the dam 24/7 for 3 years. If a load of concrete did not meet the required temperature for use on the dam they diverted the load and used it to pour the foundations for the city buildings, schools and even churches. So the town is laid out on the side of a gentle hill with all the city buildings on the first street, all the schools on the next and then all the churches on the next. The surrounding area was used as the back drop for many movie westerns since it is so scenic. We visited the dam and then went down river a few miles and hiked out to Horseshoe Bend, one of the most photographed spots on the river .We even had a great view from our camp site.
I played the very scenic Lake Powell Golf Course one morning. Below are some of the views.
The only way to see Antelope Canyon is to take a guided tour using a Native guide, since the canyon is located on Navajo land. The canyon is one of the most photographed sites in the world. A professional picture taken in the canyon sold for millions of dollars. Our native guide, Abraham was very good in giving us the geology of the canyon and showing us the best places to take pictures. As we reached the far end of the canyon the rains came and by the time we made it back out we were a dirty sight to see. This will be an adventure we will always remember.
Over 20 years ago I took a 10 day raft trip down the Grand Canyon. It was one of the greatest adventures I have ever had. I have always wanted Josie to see what that experience was like, minus the rapids, as she is not really an "on the water person". So when we saw the rafts on the calm waters of Glen Canyon from Horseshoe Lookout and later from the Dam, we signed up for a day trip. We covered 16 miles of the river from the Lake Powell Dam to Lee's Ferry, where the trips down the Grand Canyon start from. Out trip started with a bus ride down to the base of the dam through a two mile tunnel. That in its self was an adventure. Once at the bottom, we had to wear hard hats as we walked to board the rafts. Once we got to the raft we turned them back in. There were two rafts with 15 people in each. Our guide was a local Navajo, Nate. He did a fantastic job of pointing out the geology, flora and fauna of the canyon. We had a box lunch along the way and stopped once to see petroglyphs and also ran across a local resident, a Chuckwalla, a type of lizard. As you can see from the following pictures it was a scenic trip. Look on the water for the other raft to get an idea how tall the cliffs are on either side of the river. They ranged from 800 to over 1500 feet as we went deeper into the canyon. Half way through our float we went around Horse Shoe Bend that just a few days earlier we had looked down from. We encountered a little rain but we had brought our rain gear and were prepared for it. Josie really enjoyed it and I am so glad she was able to have this experience.
On our last day in Page we drove over into Utah and took a Jeep trail down to the Lake Powell Shoreline. We entered a slot canyon that took us out into the now dried up lake bed. Our GPS showed we were driving right down the middle of what was once a finger of the lake. Unfortunately the lake is very,very low. Josie found shells along the trail that were once at the bottom of the lake. It did make for a beautiful drive but would rather see lots of water. We exited the slot canyon onto a high plateau park road that took us back to the highway.
We later went back to the Lake Powell Resort and capped off our busy week here in Page with a nice dinner in the main dining room. Tomorrow we head further east.