July 6-7, 2018; Day 13-14
Lodging: Page Lake Powell Campground
We decided to veer off-plan a bit and opted to skip the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in favor of visiting Glen Canyon/Lake Powell in Page AZ. We've been waking up around 6AM every morning thanks to the time change and bright sun. Saturday morning found us out on the water, touring a bit of Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon by kayak. It was a bit busy with boats, both motorized and people powered. Even so, the views were lovely and the water cool and clear.
Sunday we squeezed in a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam before church. By noon the temperature reaches over 100 on the dam surface and they stop all tours. The Glen Canyon Dam is wider but shorter than Hoover Dam. It's hydroelectric power plant produces 90% of the region's electricity and regulates the water flow down the Colorado River all the way to California. Right now the lake level is low due to the drought. There has been a burn ban in effect all across the southwest because of the limited rain, so no campfires or cooking with charcoal (camp stove only).
We worshiped at Page Community UMC. They were in transition, waiting the arrival of their new pastor this coming Sunday. It reminded us of our move to Ashland- the anticipation and anxiousness. And also the joy we feel at staying another year. The last four have flown by- and in so many ways we feel our ministry is still growing.
Before leaving for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, we stoped for what we thought was a quick hike out to a lookout of Horseshoe Bend, a spot where the river circles around a very tall rock formation, forming a horseshoe shape. With 100 degree temps, hot sand, and zero shade, it was a strenuous .75mile walk out. But the view? Worth it!