Cruising through the Lake Powell

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Lake Powell is the largest man-made lake in North America. Through the boating and a hiking trip (to the Rainbow Bridge), we saw the vast landscape that contains rugged water- and wind-carved canyons.

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Colorado River and its many tributaries carve through the Colorado Plateau to form a this massive dynamic landscape, some of the most breathtaking scenery on the lake.

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Then, it went through the deep, 15-mile-long, narrow gorge, which provides the spectacular views of the canyon walls.

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 From here, we hiked up to the Rainbow Bridge.

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It was cloudy and cooler in the morning. The clouds were gradually breaking up in the afternoon.

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This special patina takes centuries to form, and is in a constant state of change.

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Our cruise tour guide told a story of a houseboat parked somewhere by the Lake Powell Resort. This unique boat is owned by the owner of a waste management company. He spent 15 million dollars to build this luxurious houseboat he wanted, and on top of that, he put 5 million dollars for the electrical power and water sewer system. According to our tour guide, the owner has showed up there no more than a few times in many years.

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Kenneth Grahame, the author of the Wind in the Willows, didn’t need a luxurious houseboat to enjoy the river and canyons.



The Wind in the Willows is a children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. … The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley.

In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt, then President of the United States, wrote to Grahame to tell him that he had “read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends”. … In 2003, The Wind in the Willows was listed at number 16 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.   — Wikipedia

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75 thoughts on “Cruising through the Lake Powell

  1. Hi Amy,
    Truly fascinating structures, and ever so well captured. But it’s a pity to see how far the level of the lake has dropped.
    Have a wonderful day,


    • Water dropped significantly, sadly to say. The guide showed us a chart of the water level change since 1980, you can easily see the changing pattern. The view was truly spectacular. Thank you, Pit! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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  2. What a spectacular view after going through 15 mile deep narrow gauge ! It is a large lake and a beautiful one ! I loved the pictures. The luxurious houseboat is such a waste of money if one has to stay so less.


  3. I love Lake Powell. We’ve spent time camping at the shores and when we still had our boat we explored many of the inlets and coves. Can’t wait to go back and might even take that cruise to Rainbow Bridge. Thanks for reminding me 🙂


    • Thank you for commenting the photos, Sue. So glad to hear you took the tour to the Lake Mead. The tour we took didn’t go to the dam direction, it cruised from Page to Utah.

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  4. There really is nothing better than messing about in boats! Wonderful day out on the lake (amazing backdrop to the water here) and Wind in the Willows is one of my favourite books, ever, adore the quote. Thank you for this lovely post and for taking me down to the water this Monday afternoon Amy 🙂


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