Published: March 31st 2011March 31st 2011
It was a beautiful day to be on the river.
We had two great adventures in Page , Arizona, and wanted to share.
There are lots of pictures which is always best. Ron's sister, Carlene, invited us along on a trip that she was taking with friends Lee, Holly and Wayne - from Alpena. We met them in Page and started right in trying the top rated restaurants in the area. The two favorites were Bonker's and Fiesta Mexicana - for anyone heading that way.
Our first trip was to the Glen Canyon Dam to board a raft for a float trip down the Colorado River. We had a great weather day for our 3 hours on the river. The current did most of the work with an occasional use of motor power from the guide. The canyon is in the Vermillion Cliffs area and was carved by the Colorado River as it ran through ancient petrified sand dunes. This is an area that has been occupied by prehistoric cultures throughout the centuries. When we pulled into shore for a lunch break we had an easy hike to an area covered in petroglyphs.
Our next trip was to Antelope Canyon
Glen Canyon from the top
The Colorado River is a constant 47 degrees in the Glen Canyon
which is located on the nearby Navajo reservation. The canyon is only accessible with a Navajo guide. The canyon has been carved mainly by water in the form of flash floods, but also through wind action. In 1997, 11 tourists were killed in the canyon by a flash flood caused by a thunder storm 7 miles upstream. They have since installed some safety equipment.
The canyon walls are beautifully sculpted, but also narrow , steep and tall. The six of us had fun going down ladders and squeezing through canyon walls.
Thanks again for including us in your trip Carlene, Lee, Holly and Wayne, our tour guide .
We're in Escalante, Utah now, another area of beautiful red rock.
Lots of pictures - enlarge by clicking on them
There are more photos below