One Day & Night at Lake Powell
Originally we were going to spend a night in Marble Canyon, but instead were drawn to Lake Powell bordering the Arizona and Utah border.
Some places we just touch in briefly, while others we feel inspired to stay longer. Since this journey has no final date, as it is guided by our hearts and when we find our next home, if there are places we want to later return to, we can and will.
We don’t like long drives all in one day, so we also break up the journey by shorter stop-overs in some places.
Lake Powell is a landing spot in between our transition from Arizona to Utah so we had just the day and evening.
So, after we arrived yesterday at our spot overlooking the lake, set up, and had lunch we decided to take in a couple of short hikes that were nearby in the area that we could easily explore before sunset.
If we had stayed longer, or do return at a later time, one of the boat tours or renting a boat would likely be a choice of ours in order to see all of the hidden beauty the lake has to offer.
There is a seven and a half hour tour that takes you over 50 miles on the lake and visits the famous Rainbow Bridge Monument, which is a beautiful arch that sits on sacred Indian land. Apparently the easiest way to view this natural bridge, which is one of the world’s largest is by boat and then a two mile walk to the bridge. You can backpack to Rainbow Bridge across Navajo Nation lands, but apparently you will need to obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation. It is located in an arm of Forbidding Canyon, about 50 miles uplake from the dam.
Most of the well-known beautiful, most famous, and most photographed areas of the lake are easiest to reach by boat since they are uplake quite a bit…11, 25, 50 miles, so boating and hiking are required. This includes Antelope Canyon, which has appeared on tons of magazine covers and coffee table books. But since the canyon is located on Navajo Nation land, a Navajo-licensed guide must accompany you. And also West Canyon located in one of the narrow canyon’s above the water’s edge.
However, here is a list of day hikes in the area, which includes the two we did that you can also explore: Page Area and Hwy 89 N Hikes
My parents took the full day boat tour back many years ago and loved it. Interesting that trip of theirs took place back in the late 90’s when we had visiting family from the East Coast and France staying with us while living in Sedona. I had not been moved to go with them, as I was deep in my personal work and didn’t feel to venture out from the vortex of my journey at the time.
And now I’m just dipping into the energy here.
It feels perfect and what we saw yesterday was also perfect.
Then made our way to Horseshoe Bend, which is a 1.5 mile round-trip hike to an absolutely stunning view of the Glen Canyon and Colorado River, 1000 feet below.
The winds were still howling through, just as they had been now for the last three days, so standing and sitting at the edge of the Canyon was quite something and sandstone was just all over us, but I loved it, although had to shield my eyes when the wind swept through carrying the large sand pebbles.
It felt so Earthy, gritty, and like I was feeling the natural erosion of time that has molded these canyons. This view and the energy there was just breath-taking. One of my favorites.
After this we then decided to check out the Hanging Garden, which is about the same distance hike round-trip to a shaded alcove where a natural spring feeds a lush hidden “garden” of ferns and orchids.
The walk is beautiful with lovely vistas and the lake in the distance, and although the orchids were not there at this time, the ferns rustling in the wind caused the hair to stand on the back of neck. Especially so, since nobody was there other than us and a small Indian family.
I felt the connection once again to my ancient voice and my Nymph and Sibyl self.
On the way up to the garden I found a cairn someone had built facing the setting sun.
I didn’t realize until I saw the photos later that it was comprised of seven stones. I created the three base stones from smooth flatter rocks, and was really drawn to these amorphous looking sandstone rocks for the last four that felt so alive in my hands.
And before we headed back to our site at the RV park, we drove down the huge boat ramp to the water’s edge, where I put my hands in the water to feel its cleansing energy and took in the vastness of the lake, as the sun was starting to set.
Although only a brief time spent in this area, it all felt divinely aligned and guided, especially that we were here on the day of the Full Moon Eclipse.
I feel complete and grateful, ready to set off for Utah this morning and the grandeur of the National Parks there that await us, beginning with Zion.
Zion is the only one of the parks I have briefly visited on the way home from skiing in Park City, which was two winters ago. We had time to do two hikes there, but it was snowy and icy, which didn’t allow us to go as far as we could have on one of the hikes. This time we’ll have no restrictions.
I like that…no restrictions.
Posted on March 24, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged cairns, glen canyon dam, hanging garden, horseshoe bend, lake powell, lake powell hikes, lake powell rv park, RV adventures, rv living. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.