Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Glen and Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona

I'm getting behind on the blog posts.  We've done quite a bit of traveling since the Grand Canyon posts.  From Williams Arizona we traveled to Page Arizona where our objective was to visit Antelope Canyon.  At Page we also found the Glen Canyon Dam and the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River (just to the south of the dam).  I'll minimize the travel dialog so as to quickly get this post uploaded.  Since Page, we have also visited Zion and Bryce National Parks.  Those postings will have to wait for a later date.  We took a lot of photos.  The ones shown here are only a portion of those on our Flickr site.   Please feel free to leave your comments about the blog.

Antelope Canyon is not publicly accessible and can only be visited by Navajo guided tours.

 Ina didn't like the somewhat dusty ride in the truck.

The tour was well worth the cost.  The water sculpted walls are colorful and simply amazing.








After lunch we took the tour of the dam.
 Glen Canyon dam was built in 1959-60 and is larger than the 1920s built Hoover dam (some 200 miles downstream)
 They built the bridge first.
 Only three of the huge turbine generators were on line.  Several years of drought has resulted in fairly low lake levels (about 130ft below maximum).
 Lake Powell hosts a very large number of houseboats.  A great vacation would be rental of one of these to explore the some 180 miles of shore line.
 Just down stream from the dam the river makes a hairpin turn, aka Horseshoe Bend.  The bend is about a mile from the parking lot.  After hiking down to the bend, to see the entire bend you have to be brave enough to peer over the side of the thousand foot cliffs.


Finally, Ina took a liking to this painting in the dam visitor center.  The one here is a copy a downloaded from the Internet.  The painting was meant to depict the westward expansion concept of "Manifest Destiny"