Lake Powell Boat Tour

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


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.



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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Big John’s Texas Barbecue, Page, AZ

Posted on November 26, 2015. Filed under: American Southwest, Restaurants Worth the Visit | Tags: , , , , |

Arizona, Page, Bill @ Big John'sWe wandered into Page, Arizona recently for the Antelope Canyon slot canyons and Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Bend, whew!  There is a lot going on in this little corner of Arizona.  The food scene, however, left much to be desired.  We drove past this place several times and noticed the smokers out in front of what looked like an old gas station.  Big John’s Texas Barbecue, 153 S Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040, proved to be a delicious find!

Both the beef brisket and the pork were smoky and tender and loaded with flavor.  The barbecue sauce was exceptional and complimented the meat perfectly.  A one-pound serving fed two of us and even provided leftovers.  The coleslaw was a surprise too.  It was really good, obviously fresh house-made.  We were so impressed we got another order to go for the next days lunch on Lake Powell.

The remodeled old gas station provided a cool, retro vibe to the place.  We knew it would be great by this alone!  Service was friendly and excellent.  We were wisely counseled out of 2 orders of the meat as it would have been too much (how refreshing, this has only ever happened to us in Italy).  The only mistake we made was going to the Mexican restaurant down the road for our next dinner which was horrible.  I could have eaten at Big John’s every night as it was real food cooked with real care.  If you get to Page, Arizona go there!

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