Back on the Highway

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

I uploaded another "episode" from yesterday that you can check out if you haven't already done so.

This morning, after I thawed out the water hook-up, we drove down to St. Geo, gassed up and hit the road for Page, Arizona.

It's a two lane highway with lots of Saturday traffic. We weren't in too much of a hurry, since it's only about 150 miles to Page.

We stopped at the Pipe Spring National Monument and had lunch.  We haven't visited the Monument yet, but it's near the HQ of the Kaibab Paiute Indian Tribe. It was much warmer already at noon, with temps in the forties.  The area abounds with towering walls of red, pink, gray and black stone.  The prairies are covered with low-growing shrubs and few significant trees.  The road undulates with hills, valleys and the ever present washes so common in the deserts.

As we approached Page, we came to the Colorado River and stopped at the Glen Canyon Dam.  The dam was built in 1957-59 or so and was the main reason for the city of Page coming into existence.  I was amazed at how narrow the gorge is and remarked that it was a natural spot for a dam.  The water backed up is the Lake Powell, a very popular area for water sports.  This is the quiet time of the year and the water level seems to be low.  The high water mark on the rocky precipices must be at least twenty feet above the water's surface.  The lake is narrow above the dam and looks more like a river, apparently due to the low level of the lake.

We stopped an looked down at the river and back at the lake.  The power plant seems small and is dwarfed by the dam itself.  It's unusual in that it's a separate unit and not built into the dam itself.

As we approached the area, a huge plume of steam appeared well before we arrived in Page.  I'm told that that is a coal-fired generating plant fed by coal from the area.  

We found our place to rest the night easily.  The clerk, a Navajo, was a young man working to pay his way to college.  He patiently answered my questions about his tribal affiliation and about the area.  I always learn a lot when I ask the right questions and listen well.

Our site, number 19, is just a flat, gravel area with water and electricity.  The view isn't.  It's just a spot to eat and rest as we continue down to one of our favorite parks near Cave Creek.  It's still about 265 miles for tomorrow, so we'll try to get an earlier start.

It was near fifty degrees here when we arrived, but it will be below freezing again, so I planned ahead and disconnected the water and stowed the hose ahead of time.  I'm a slow learner, but to make up of it, I forget real fast.  Not today however...

Oh, one shot is of the small stuffed animal, a wolf, that I sent to Lynn while I was away last spring.  He rides on the dash just in front of her.  I'm calling him "Shotgun", since that's his current position, but I'm open to suggestions.

We'll have internet from Cave Creek, so I hope to keep you informed about our doings.  Again, thanks for checking in.
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Sus on

Sounds like you two are back on another adventure. I love the thought of hiking with temps in the 40s! Cold with blue sky here yesterday. The Ridge trail was gorgeous. I look forward to the trip. Thanks for keeping me updated. Love you guys.

Mary C. on

Shorty.......Shotgun........Sheesh! I love all your little names?

mike on

Sure rub it in that it got into the 50s while we struggle with much lower temps. I have been to Powell Lake and the dam....it is awsome....I may have camped where you did---did it overlook part of the river? Looks like your renters are at your place....just saw the truck.. Nice video.....gives a good look at where you were at. Not sure if you ever read the Monkey Wrench Gang---novel that included some action near the dam. Edward Abbey wrote it....one of my more favorite writers. Good luck on your next road travel....

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