deck boat lake powell
For Mike’s 50th birthday we are celebrating by boating at Lake Powell and journeying to Rainbow Bridge.  We’ve rented this 26 foot deck boat to carry us and our camp gear for three days and two nights.
Antelope and Wahweap marinas Lake Powell
We get on board at Antelope Marina in Page, Arizona.  That’s about a two hour drive from the canyon so we’re leaving Wednesday after work and staying at a hotel for the night.
Lake Powell map
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Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States.  There are 96 major canyons to explore though I know we won’t have time to view them all I’m sure looking forward to floating into some secret places.
Rainbow Bridge Lake Powell
Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge, is considered a sacred place by the Navajo Indians, for whom personified rainbows have stood as guardians of the universe.  This natural wonder nestles among canyons carved by streams en route to the Colorado River from Navajo Mountain’s north flank.  Until the formation of Lake Powell, this was one of the most remote and inaccessible regions in the contiguous United States.
Continue reading here for Day 1 on Lake Powell.