Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Day 9-Page

We started off our morning in Page taking a boat tour on Lake Powell of Antelope Canyon.  It was a really nice boat trip and N2 really enjoyed it except for it being hot.   The driver of the boat was also our tour guide and gave us the history of Lake Powell and also interesting facts.  If you look at this picture, you'll notice the line about 3/4 up the rock face where the rocks go from really light to dark.  That is the high water mark!  It's amazing how high this lake could get!
The water portion of Antelope Canyon does twist and curve around.  It is quite pretty.

 Here we all are at the end of the water portion of the canyon.

The water ripple that reflected on the rocks was so neat!  The guide said he thought it looked like snake skin.
Lake Powell is amazingly beautiful and our camp site had a fantastic view of the lake.  The color is so blue and it's hard to capture on camera.  It's hard to explore Lake Powell from the shore.  I really think to really experience it, you need to have a boat and spend time on the water.  It's something I would really like to do-rent a houseboat and spend a couple days on the water exploring all the canyons along the lake.

We had a hard time figuring out what to do the rest of the day.  We couldn't take a tour of the dam because the elevator was broken and you couldn't go into the dam.  It was supposed to be really hot so we wanted to do something inside.  We thought the slot canyon would be cooler so we tried visiting Lower Antelope Canyon but once we got there we refused to pay the price to get in.  We went to Upper Antelope Canyon but that was the same price if not more expensive.  I hope I'm not the only one who doesn't want to pay over $50 to get into a slot canyon!  So we ditched the slot canyon idea.  Then we thought seeing a movie would be nice (at least I thought so) but they only show one move and it was a rated R film.  Onto plan C or D or E or whatever we're at!  Brian had read that there was a visitor center for Grand Staircase Escalante that wasn't too far away and they had dinosaur bones there.  So we drove up.  Guess what?  The visitor's center is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Who knew?

We finally decided we would just find a beach and go swimming.  We wanted to do that but wanted to wait until it wasn't the hottest part of the day.  N2 had a great time splashing and swimming in the water.  They build sand castles.  I needed a break (I was so hot, tired and tired of camping and go go going all the time, I needed downtime) so we opened the back door of Brian's car, put out a towel and I sat in the shade and read.  It was so nice and relaxing and not too hot!  I would get up and walk down to the water and take pictures of the kids having fun.

Here's the view we had while swimming.
We had to drive down to the store/check in place to take showers at this campground (they were the only pay showers we used the entire trip!) and I got there just as the sun was setting.  One thing I loved about Lake Powell/Glen Canyon was the soft colors.  The sunset made them more beautiful.  I needed to get down there a few minutes earlier but it was still pretty!

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