The excitement of discovery is what draws us to wander. Our travels have taken us to the far corners of our home state of Texas as well as the diversity of the fascinating states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Florida and Massachusetts.
Join us here as we share some of the special moments we have encountered through our photos and essays.
Beginning on March 4, 2008 water began to be released from Lake Powell, located in Arizona and Utah, through the Glen Canyon Dam into the Colorado River creating a man made flood through Marble Canyon and the Grand Canyon. This will continue for 60 hours. This event was given wide spread media coverage on March 5th, the images of this tremendous flow of water were not to be missed. Go to http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/gcd.html for more information.
On our way
We pulled out of our driveway May 25th 2007, 30 ft travel trailer in tow happily anticipating the 4 day trip that would take us to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and The Colorado Plateau.
Named for the river running through it, this vast tableland, covering an area of 130,000 sq miles is also a desert, receiving less than 7 inches of rain per year. 500 million years ago the area was covered by shallow seas. At other times it became dry and arid. Over the millenniums erosion of the mud, sand and silt mixed with minerals formed the great rocks of today which beckon hikers from all over the world. A magical place of wonder awaits the visitor. Sandstone has formed dream like waves and folds, slot canyons entice exploration with their mysterious shapes and passageways. Desert varnish, a very thin coating on the rock surface apparently formed by living organisms coats the sheer canyon walls. Mesas and buttes in varying shades of red produced by iron dazzle the senses.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area AZ-UT Is located in the center of the Colorado Plateau and the grand circle of national parks in the four corners region, named by the one armed civil war veteran and explorer Major John Wesley Powell as he explored the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and The Grand Canyon in 1869 and then again in 1871. Powell described in his published diary …wonderful features−carved walls, royal arches, glens, alcove gulches, mounds and monuments. From which of these features shall we select a name? We decide to call it Glen Canyon. The recreation area was established in 1972 and is operated by the National Park Service.
Lone Rock Beach
Lone Rock Beach was to be our home for the summer. The National Park Service maintains two full service RV sites near the beach. We were offered one of these sites in exchange for our volunteer work. Nine miles from Page‚ Arizona‚ on the west side of lake Powell just across the Utah state line on Highway 89‚ Lone Rock offers vehicle accessible primitive camping on the beach. Dominating the view is a huge monolithic rock‚ the Lone Rock. Activities here include swimming‚ boating and the only designated ATV area in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Park entrance fees apply as well as a nightly camping fee.
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Carl Hayden Visitor Center
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center is where we would spend most of our working hours as volunteers. The visitor center is named for Carl Hayden who was an United States Senator representing Arizona and supporter of water development in Arizona including the building of the dam. Located 700 feet above the Colorado River with impressive views of Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge‚ floor to ceiling windows suspend the visitor in time and space. Tours through the dam and power plant attract over one million visitors each year. Interactive displays‚ an auditorium showing short movies of the area and building of the dam‚ an impressive relief map of Glen Canyon‚ Lake Powell and surrounding area plus a book store entertain the visitors‚ many of them from foreign countries.
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona is the centerpiece of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Construction began in 1956 and was completed in 1964. At 710 feet tall it is the second largest dam in the United States. The location was chosen for the narrow canyon and the deep bedrock that would serve as a foundation. Sale of hydroelectric power to six states and water to seven states‚ plus by treaty to the country of Mexico helps pay for the dam. The filling of Lake Powell took 17 yrs and when the lake is at full pool the water depth at the dam is 560 feet.