|View across Lake Powell from our camp site|
|Boat tour from Lake Powell Hotel|
|Water scoured rocks in a narrow side canyon|
So is the unnatural beauty of the house boats docked at the marinas along the way. Many of these are apparently owned by large corporations for the use of their executives and/or employees, some are rentals, some are time shares. The boats can moor there year round but, because the lake is entirely within a national park, any given individual can only be there for 2 weeks at a time and a total of 30 days per year. So owning a boat for personal use here is an indication of having way more money than you need. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of those as well. Some of these floating vacation homes are 75 feet long with 3 or 4 decks. I'd love to get on one of those but they are a little out of our price range. Top boat on the lake is valued at 2.1 million dollars.
|Glen Canyon Dam|
|Balanced rock on the road to Lee's Ferry|
They used to say that the Colorado River was too thick to drink and too thin to plow. It carried huge amounts of silt to the Gulf of California every year. Now, when the water enters the lake and the flow rate drops to nearly zero, all that dirt falls out giving Lake Powell some of the clearest, cleanest water in the country. The Colorado River below the dam is a beautiful blue and through the Grand Canyon it is dark green rather than reddish brown. It turns out this isn't that great for the river ecology. They've recently tried periodically releasing large amounts of water from the lake to try and mimic the effect of spring run-offs scouring the canyons down stream but it hasn't really worked that well.
|The new Navajo Bridge|
|Rafts lined up and waiting at Lee's Ferry|
The original Navajo Bridge was an 18 ft wide, two lane steel arch bridge that was designed for a capacity of 22.5 tons, then posted as having a weight limit of 40 tons. Doesn't that make you feel all safe and secure? By the 1990s the bridge was clearly inadequate for its purpose and a very similar looking 44 ft wide bridge was built right next to it with much higher weight tolerance provided by modern materials. The original bridge was converted to use for foot traffic so you can walk out to the middle of the canyon and take pics over the edge. The two spans sit about 470 feet above the river, perfect for Vicki's fear of heights. The dogs didn't seem to mind a bit.
|The Colorado River from the old Navajo Bridge|