In the Footsteps of Rudolf the Red

Back From Lake Powell

Here are a few Lake Powell memories … One morning, about 7:15 a.m. , after the no-wake on the lake lifts (it’s funny, people are out at 7 a.m. on the dot), Gary and Carrie headed out with the motorboat for a quick 15-minute wakeboard ride. Our stretch of canyon was...

Water Slides on Lake Powell!

When Aramark, the Lake Powell concessionaire we rented our houseboat from, surveyed users about amenities they wanted on boats, guess what came up first? Not air conditioning (which despite temperatures in the 90s we never had to use). Water slides....

The Tempest

  Yesterday, day’s end. We’re back from Rainbow Bridge, a stop at Dangling Rope Marina,  fishing (in vain), tubing (much  more successful) and water skiing (I finally got up,  not on the mono ski but on the kid’s skis, a little short, but hard to balance but...

Scariest Moment of Canyoneering

So, what was the scariest moment of canyoneering for this acrophobe?The drive to our canyoneering spot,Yankee Doodle Dandy, in the Dixie National Forest. Our guide casually palms the wheel while drinking coffee as he drives our van up a gravel road  that’s nothing but...

Looking Back on First Days

As part of the continuing vagaries of this trip, it is 4 p.m. Arizona time.We are actually in the Utah stretch of Lake Powell but the whole lake just sticks to Arizona time to keep simpler. We are  loving it here, despite the cranky generator on the house boat which...

First Stop: Vegas!

Las Vegas is our gateway to Lake Powell, so we spend a day-and-a-half there. If you’re 10, or traveling with a 10-year-old, Vegas is irresistable. In 36 hours we: did the Rim-Runner, bumper cars and arcade games at Circus-Circus. Then we lounged by the Four Seasons...

Canyoneering in Zion!

We’re moseying on down toward Lake Powell and stopping in Zion for some canyoneering and sunset rim hikes. We spent this morning canyoneering Yankee Doodle, a series of slot canyons in the Dixie National Forest near Zion National Park. A little rappelling, a little...

What Lies Beneath

What’s under Lake Powell’s waters? At right, a photo of a world that was. Gregory Butte, before Lake Powell … And in Lake Powell today … Gregory Butte’s elevation is 4600 feet; Lake Powell right now is at 3631 and dropping. As the lake’s levels drop, more of what used...

The Back Story

Lake Powell is the lake rising up out of the desert. It is also a lake that drowned a canyon of rare beauty. I asked the Glen Canyon Institute for a little background on the dam. Here’s what they told me: In 1956 the Congress was debating the Colorado River Storage...

The Monkey Wrench Gang

I love the story of this unruly band of prototypical eco-warriors storming the ramparts of development, trying to stop progress and power in the Four Corners. That’s why, when my husband suggested a cruise on Lake Powell, the desert lake created by the Glen Canyon dam that the Monkey Wrench Gang so hated, it was a tough sell.

 

But, who can resist the land where they waged their campaign?

So off we went.