We were here on October 10th, 2016
WOW! Page Arizona, Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell all wrapped into one package. Not to mention that in just a few miles one is at Antelope Canyon for a fantastic photography experience, and just up the road from Lee's Ferry the beginning of the Grand Canyon. What a package to explore.
Glen Canyon and then the Dam
We must begin at the origin, and that would be anytime prior to 1857. This picture is of the Canyon, as it existed for centuries. It was first explored by John Wesley Powell, as he surveyed and recorded the Colorado River from its beginning in Utah through the Grand Canyon to what is now Lake Mead.
The Mighty Colorado, and it was one muddy river. The ole timers phrase describing the Colorado was, "To thick to drink and to thin to plow". What we are seeing in the photo on display in the Glen Canyon Dam visitor center is the exact location of where Glen Canyon Dam was to be constructed.
And viewing from the up side of the dam, but in this photo one must ask, 'What happened to the Canyon"?
Glen Canyon Dam was one of the last major dams constructed in the United States. Construction began in 1956 and was completed in 1966. The Dam is 710' in height and 1,580 feet in length, and some 5 million cubic yards of concrete were placed in its formation. Incidentally, the Chief Engineer was Lem Wylie, an uncle of Claude Wylie. The Wylies have been well respected New Mexico Highway Contractors for many years.
The Hydro Electrical Generators, which on an average produce 4,700 MWH of electricity means diddly squat. But put in layman terms 'that they provide electricity for 400,000 homes' lets us grasp their significance.
Also at Page is the Navajo Tribal Generating Plant. The Navajo Plant has half the electrical capacity of the Dam. It is using coal mined and shipped on the railroad from Black Mesa located near Kayenta, AZ within the Navajo Nation. We were very impressed at the clean stacks, and what you see is primary condensation from the air filtration scrubbers. The plants location is just three miles from Lake Powell, and this water source.
Lake Powell is Mecca to the Boating Community. We took our family to Lake Powell, when we were all young; and the memories of those 10 days are still so vivid and fresh. The lake is so deep and the water so clear, that it appears to be black. Here is our family at Lake Powell enjoying a fabulous week in the summer of 1968.
This was the first time we could relate distance on a Lake. It was about 55 miles to Halls Crossing and then 45 miles on to Hite Landing. We made the trip one long day, and the lake was as smooth as glass. Lake Powell is that way today, a premiere western family action place, only the boats are much LARGER.
Navajo Landing and Marina
This my friends is one long loading dock.
House Boat Row. These are tremendously large boats, and the ones pictured on the right of this photo are privately owned crafts. The rental House Boats are on the left side of the Marina, and there are many more scattered in various marina's all along the lake. This is big business on this here, and in various storage yards we saw many of these large house boats. Any why not with 97 canyons leading off from the main lake body. It is a paradise for your private pleasure.
What a 1st Class Marina
And fishing isn't bad right off the dock
Let me share with you some of Antelope Canyon on the Lake. I say on the Lake, as the next Travel Log will be my photographs of the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon before the canyon reaches the lake.
We took a boat tour through Antelope Canyon, which is just one of about 97 canyons on the lake, and this is why this is a premiere boating lake. How appropriate that we are leaving from the Navajo Mariana and looking up Antelope Canyon directly at the Navajo Power Plant.
This by the way is the same canyon for the world famous photographs which we'll tour in the next day or so. Here is the link to that Travel Log.
And here are our Traveling Partners, Robin and Kyle Harder. By the way this young lady was pictured earlier immediately to my right in our photo of our trip to Lake Powell in 1968.
Horse Shoe Bend.
About 5 miles below the outlet from Glen Canyon Dam the twisting Colorado makes a curve around a large escarpment, and now behold the Horse Shoe with the mighty Colorado at about 1,000 feet below the bluff.
Robin and Kyle at the Shoe.
We leave the Lake and the Colorado River; and in doing so we pay tribute to the Sentinel of The Navajo Nation, Navajo Mountain. (Navajo Mountain can be seen from Brice Canyon in Utah.)
Don't leave us now, as we're not breaking camp and only driving down the road a few miles to the Upper and the Lower Antelope Canyons. Both canyons are on the Navajo Nation, and we'll be taking their guides into the Canyons. We'll be sharing our most spectacular photographs with you, so keep your wagon hitched for a tremendous experience.