Grand Canyon to Lake Powell and beyond.....
08/10/2009 87 °F
Travelling along we are. The Four Corners area is truly a wonder for all to see. After 'leaving Las Vegas' we returned to Zion for one more evening. Zion is home to some of the coolest hikes and rock shops. Leaving out on Thursday morning, September 17th, we headed towards the Grand Canyon. This day was also Captain Keith's birthday, and in his own words, "I can't think of a better place to end up", we arrived safely at the truly GRANDEST Canyon of them all. We thought we'd seen big, but this place is ridiculous!! Another great place to hike, we tackled a 3,000 ft. descent into the Canyon. The ascent was pretty challenging, but when we met the 40 or so crazy people who were going from the South Rim to the North Rim in one day (some 17 miles or so with a steep climb of 5000 ft on the North), we decided it wasn't so bad. We finished the climb behind one of the last of those 'crazy people' and they welcomed Shane into their victory tunnel of cheers, what a great finish! They even offered us a cold beer!! Thank you fitness nuts of the Grand Canyon!
The dry, red rock landscape is endless here. I didn't think desert could be this pretty, or interesting, to look at for hours on end. Every cliff has a different, yet similar look that changes with the moving sun. We set our course for the Glen Canyon/Lake Powell area and hoped for an open campsite. We settled into the campground, set just above Lake Powell, and dreamt of a boat ride we hoped would pan out. Luckily, business was down and the boat rental prices were too. So Captain Keith led us from asphault to blue waters and boy did it feel good!