September 4, 2013 – A Beautiful Day on Lake Powell

After getting a good night’s sleep, I rose early enough to watch sun-up over Lake Powell.

We headed out early this morning for the one mile drive from our Wahweap Campground to the [Arizona/Utah] Stateline Marina to check out our 36’ pontoon boat

for a day’s cruise on Lake Powell.  From the time we left the docks in our wake,

 

we were mesmerized watching one beautiful land and water scape after another.

 

Around noon, we beached dour boat

and enjoyed swimming, speedy trips down the boat’s slide

and a burger, hot dog, salad, cantaloupe, watermelon and cookie feast.

Both heading up river and returning, we passed two marinas, some with huge (up to 3 stories) and gorgeous house boats which apparently can cost more than $500,000!

Enroute back to our marina, we also were able to take a look at the Glen Canyon Dam. 

Just a few years ago, the water level in the lake was so high, that the top of the dam was temporarily raised by eight feet.  As evidenced by today’s lake level and the defining line between the white rocks along the lake and the red sandstone above, the surface is now as much as 50’ lower than in the recent past.

Just before docking, Debbie happened to glance up and saw a billowing, rim-lit cumulus cloud overhead.

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