Our move from Congress to Page was about 300 miles, a long drive for us. So Thursday we were up at dawn (literally at dawn!) and on the road by 6:45. We had to go south on Rte.60 a few miles to get to Rte 74, then east to I-17. I-17 is a winding road with some pretty significant elevation gain all the way to Flagstaff, which sits at 7,000 feet. There we joined Rte 89 north through desert until just south of Page. At that point the road went up through some pretty nice rock formations.
A short distance after crossing the Glen Canyon Dam we turned into the Wahweap RV Park, a beautiful park on the south side of Lake Powell.
We were able to get the same site we had during our 2013 visit, with a great view of the lake. Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) arrived a couple of hours later and took the site right next to us.
We shared a happy hour at our site while enjoying the beautiful view of the sun behind us shining on the rock formations in front of us.
The next day we were up again at dawn (can you believe it?). We have been following the blog Geogypsy for some time. The blog is written by Gaelyn, a park ranger at the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon, who is staying in nearby Kanab, UT. Gaelyn also follows our blog, so when she read we were headed for Lake Powell, she suggested we get together for a hike. We said that we were interested in visiting an area known as White Pocket and Gaelyn volunteered to lead us there, since it is a bit tricky to find. She suggested we meet on House Rock Road just north of Rte. 89a at 9:00 Friday morning. Since it was a drive of seventy-one miles to that point from Page, we knew we had to get an early start. The long ride went by very quickly as the scenery along the way is spectacular.
We pulled into the parking area on House Rock Road a couple minutes after nine and were greeted by Gaelyn, her friend Bill, and Bill’s beautiful dog Sasha. After introductions and some conversation we piled back into the vehicles and headed north. This part of House Rock Road is maintained and is in pretty good shape (discounting the dust). About ten miles later we turned east on to Pine Tree Road. That road is also maintained for a few miles but slowly began to narrow until it became two tire track through the sand. High clearance is needed for the last few miles and we had to use four-wheel drive in two spots due to the deep sand.
After fifteen miles on the narrow path we came to the end of the line, the parking area for White Pocket.
After a short hike through the sand we entered the strange, beautiful land of twisting colored sandstone known as White Pocket. Words can’t adequately describe this spot so we’ll let the photographs do the talking.
The perfect circles in the sand pictured below were made by the wind blowing small, sparse vegetation around and around.
Bill worked for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for many years and knows the area very well. He guided us to an area just north of the parking area where there is evidence of ancient inhabitants.
Some of the visitors were here more recently.
After exploring the White Pocket area, we drove back out to House Rock Road. But instead of returning the same way we came, we turned north toward Utah. As we approached the Utah/Arizona state line the road became a bit rough. Apparently someone in a large vehicle drove the road during some wet conditions, as they left two deep ruts in the road for miles and miles.
After crossing into Utah and stopping in a parking area to say our good-byes to Gaelyn, Bill, and Sasha, we continued north for about ten miles to the junction of Rte. 89. Turning east on the highway it was a thirty mile drive back to the motorhome.
We really appreciated the efforts of Gaelyn and Bill in leading us on this cool adventure. They were able to share so much information about this beautiful area and Sasha did a great job in leading the hike.