I’m Way behind labeling photos and have just finished September’s almost 2000 images with half of those from Mike’s birthday boating on Lake Powell. There’s just too many photos to share, and I’m a bit overwhelmed which I also experienced on the lake.
Our journey began at Antelope Point Marina, with it seemed a mile ride in a golf cart loaded with all our stuff on a skinny dock.
We rented a 26 foot deck boat with a 250 horse power Evinrude and it included a pottie that flipped up in the back. Bonus, we didn’t have to use the bucket we’d brought for anything but trash. There are no toilet facilities other than the four marinas and this is a pack-it-in and out place.
Mike took the helm and headed out of the marina onto the lake. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell straddles two time zones, in Arizona and Utah. But we had no cares for time in this timeless landscape. (Other than only three days to play.)
I tried to follow the map. Good thing for the numbered buoys or we’d probably still be there lost in some wandering side canyon.
My senses were on overload.
The ancient Navajo sandstone walls rise hundreds of feet above the flooded Glen Canyon, their bases hidden deep below the waters.
Created 190 million years ago when Sahara-like desert sand dunes occupied the landscape this sandstone layer can measure up to 2500 feet thick.
We slowly ventured into Rock Creek Bay then followed a twisted passage into a side canyon of a side canyon. Like branches off a main trunk it tapered down.
In some places ending at a crack in the wall.
Or a sandy beach stretching between the walls making for great camping and hiking opportunities.
I wanted to explore every nook and cranny…
…and crawl into every cave. Which could take more than a life time.
But instead settled with a couple hours circumnavigating the many walls of Dry Rock Creek Canyon.
Observing the bedding planes crisscrossing back and forth to indicate a change in the wind’s direction so long ago plus later erosion from the wind and water.
We continued to cruise up lake past many more inviting water ways, looking for a place to camp. The entire 1900 miles of shoreline is open to boat camping.
But we preferred not to camp below a recent slump or on the main channel.
So explored Dungeon Canyon.
Where we found a delightful little beach to set up camp.
And enjoy the evening while dreaming of the next day’s adventures to the famous Rainbow Bridge.