Spring having sprung it was time to head north and say goodbye to our winter home of Arizona. We continued our journey straight up the middle of Arizona. Starting in Sedona, past Flagstaff, through Navajo Nation (with a 40 mile detour) and ending just over the border of Utah on the shores of Lake Powell.
Lake Powell is, of course, a huge reservoir on the Colorado River. It was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the Glen Canyon Dam. Our destination was Lone Rock Beach, an area where one can camp right up against the water. We heard this was a popular beach and quite the party spot. Luckily, it was still a bit chilly for the crowds. Or maybe it had something to do with the sandstorm created by the strong, constant wind. Ears, eyes, nose, and mouth got filled with sand as did the Airstream seemingly as soon as we opened the door. Hoping this wind and sand was not normal and would soon pass we paid $30 for 3 nights and spent the rest of the evening tucked inside with the hatches battened down.
The wind died down enough on Saturday to keep the sand from blowing, and then even more on Sunday, allowing us to get out and about to explore this new state. Lone Rock Beach (named for the enormous pillar of rock rising out of the middle of the lake just offshore) is flat area of sand on top of sandstone. The lake level is down 100′ from its high point, leaving a large open area for camping. Those brave enough can camp as close to the water as they like. We choose a hard packed spot a hundred or so feet up from the water and wouldn’t have even come this close without 4WD. (Amanda likes collages, but Tim is writing this post so you’ll just get a ton of bigger images because he is lazy like that)
We had wanted to hike what appears to be the awesome slots of Antelope Canyon, but they are only explorable via guided tour. The cheapest being $26 per person is not in the budget at the moment. Instead we settled on some roadside geocaching and the $5 dam tour of Glen Canyon Dam. It was a good dam tour, our tour guide even helped build the dam. He was probably better at building then leading a tour. Not a single dam joke was uttered.
We will probably stay here another night or two before heading westward over to Zion National Park.