Have you ever seen a photo of someplace and just had to go there? That's how we went to the Na Pali Cliffs in Kauai. Mr UR saw a picture in a book and said "That's where I want to go!" We spent 2 years planning and saving miles and points - and we went. And when we saw the Na Pali Coast, it was so much prettier than I even imagined!
Years ago, I saw a picture of Lake Powell and put that on my travel wish list. Water surrounded by picturesque desert cliffs? Count me in! So when we headed to Southwestern Utah I put Lake Powell on the itinerary.
Lake Powell sits on the border of Utah and Arizona with the closest town being Page, Arizona. Approximately 2 million people visit and boat here each year. Known as a houseboating heaven, many people rent houseboats for a weekend or week. We had a 2 1/2 hour drive through beautiful desert cliffs and mesas from Utah to Lake Powell. Mr. UR had reserved a pontoon boat for a couple hours at Antelope Point Marina.
There is a severe drought in the western US and the lake is down by about 100 feet. (You can see the usual lake levels in the photos.) And unfortunately, our day was very cloudy, windy and was spitting rain at times. Not to worry - no chance of getting sunburnt!
When you arrive at Antelope Point Marina, you park your car in the lot and the staff picks you and your things up by golf cart. They then deposit you down at the boat docks where you fill out your paperwork and ...off you go!
The marina staff handed us a map and with Mr. UR as the captain we headed out to the big water. Part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell is huge!
We had a picnic lunch, cruised around and tried to make the most of our 2 hours on the lake despite the ominous clouds that were threatening storms. The funny part of it all is that I brought a swim suit to get in the lake - why not? It's May in Arizona, right? Little did I know that I would need a windbreaker tied as tightly as possible!
We were one of the few boats I saw out that day - it was a weekday in May - but I imagine that it gets extremely crowded in the summer. It was really cool to have the whole lake to ourselves.
Towards the end of our time on the lake, Mr. UR decided to head down Navajo Canyon. I was still dealing with the drawstring on my windbreaker and not paying attention to where we were. But when I looked up - oh my! The pictures don't do it justice but this is a narrow portion of the lake with towering walls that is just gorgeous. I'm sure my mouth dropped in awe when I saw the scenery. I just couldn't believe the beauty.
Too soon, our time at Lake Powell was over. And even through the clouds and spitting rain, it was beautiful. Almost magical. I'm envious of those that get to go there all the time. But I'm so glad that I was able to go there - if only once.And with that, we took our golf cart ride back up to the parking lot and it was on to another adventure!
How about you? Have you been to Lake Powell? Houseboated there ( is that a word or did I just make a new one up?) ?
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