While we do have great views of Lake Powell from our site at Wahweap RV Park, the best way to really experience the beauty of the lake is by boat. With this in mind Dave and Sue did some research and found we could rent a decent pontoon boat at Antelope Point Marina. So early Monday morning the four of us headed out to the marina for a day on the lake.
We were surprised when told the boat had its own toilet. If you look just behind the captain in the photo above, you’ll see a flat blue platform. Raise that up and you have a nice private area to sit and read a magazine! Fortunately, we were well prepared and didn’t need the facility (is this TMI?)
We headed north on the lake enjoying the calm water and beautiful scenery.
We spent some time looking for the entrance to Face Canyon where we thought we might be able to hike into a slot canyon. But the map, created when the lake was full, does not match the shoreline we were looking at with the water currently almost a hundred feet below capacity. So after a bit we beached the boat on the shore to explore a bit and enjoy lunch.
We hiked up over the rocks above the boat and found a nearby canyon that widened into a small lake.
When we were approaching the shore, we spotted a yellow golf ball in the water. Once on the shore we discovered a number of them in the sand. Someone apparently was hitting balls off of a house boat on to the shore. Littering can take many forms!
We returned to the boat and headed up the canyon we had discovered. But it soon became too narrow for the boat and the low lake water made a hike too difficult.
We then headed back down the lake and turned into Navajo Canyon. The high walls of the canyon were filled with interesting patterns in the rock varnish.
A tour boat passed us as we went further into the canyon. The boat stopped along the wall of the canyon for a few minutes while the passengers gazed up at the canyon wall. After they moved on we went to that location but couldn’t see anything special. We did, however, enjoy the patterns on the rocks above us.
After exploring Navajo Canyon it was time to head back to the dock. The wind began to increase as we made our way back, making us appreciate the calm weather we had experienced most of the day.
We returned to the dock tired but pleased with this adventure. Lake Powell has to be one of the most beautiful places we have experienced in our travels!