Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Utah

Posted on February 1, 2016. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

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Rainbow Bridge is the crowning glory of the Lake Powell boat tour.  A short mile-long walk from the National Park wharf in Bridge Canyon gets you to this natural wonder.  It is so much bigger in person than in any picture I’ve seen.  That was one surprise.

The other unhappy surprises were that you are not allowed to go anywhere near it because it is a sacred Native American site.  Also, I would have really loved to get around the other side of it and see what it looks like from the other view.  Also not allowed.  Oh well, sometimes with such an impressive sight you have to just take what you can get.

Do you know what the difference is between a bridge and an arch?  A bridge is formed by water flowing under it and an arch is formed by shifting earth below causing rock to fall out.  So don’t call this an arch!

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Lake Powell Boat Tour

Posted on January 29, 2016. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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In Page, Arizona, at the visitor’s center, we discovered that there is a boat that will take you 100 miles up Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge.  We signed up for it for the next day.  Early the next morning we sloshed down our breakfast to get to the Wahweap Marina by 7:30 a.m.  This was going to take all day, something like 6 or 7 hours so it started early.

It was cold and windy up top of the boat, it was October, afterall.  But none of us wanted to go downstairs even though the boat had large windows and a more comfortable temperature down there.  These views out in the fresh air, thDSC04496ough, were spectacular!

It is amazing to see how Glen Canyon was filled by damming the Colorado River in 1963.  It took 11 years for the water to rise and fill up this canyon.  Now this body of water serves as a valuable reservoir.

This day it was beautiful to watch the landscape whiz by as we motored through.

 

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We had a side trip too, through a narrow side canyon.  That was tricky maneuvering for our captain and, at one point, we did scrape the wall.  But it was fun to get into a narrow slot like this.

I didn’t know if I’d like a whole day on a boat and it was pretty tiring.  But it was so beautiful, I was glad to see it.  It was our last day so we squeezed in more of Antelope Canyon AND Horseshoe Bend as well before hitting the sack.

 

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