Just a note for those who follow along regularly. I got behind. Like way behind. When we last left off it was April and Greg and I were trying to win the Wave lottery and exploring Kanab. We are currently back in Cabbagetown for the summer and just finished our first month of house sitting. Greg is in full swing painting houses. I could make lots of excuses for dropping the ball on keeping up with the blog but I’m sure you don’t really want to hear them. Anyways- I am still determined to document all of our travels so we are picking back up where we left off way back somewhere traveling around in the southwest desert…
April 20 – April 23, 2019.
Glen Canyon is a National Recreation Area in Arizona on the Arizona/Utah border. We had never heard of it until we passed by it two years ago as we were traveling from the Grand Canyon to Utah (there would be a link here to that trip if I wasn’t so terribly behind on those blog posts about our first year on the road in Ballena Blanca). We had no plans to stop since we had been totally unaware of its existence but when we saw the visitor center we decided to check it out. The visitor center overlooks the Glen Canyon Dam which forms the vast Lake Powell. We perused and took some pictures of the displays about the dam inside the center (And if I ever write that blog post, you will get to see some of those pictures). We also strolled around a bit outside taking more pictures of the dam and the lake. As I pointed my camera towards the water I saw some houseboats cruising across the lake and thought, “This place would probably be really fun to explore by boat.” Unfortunately, the only boat we had at the time was in Florida, quietly draining money out of our pockets as she patiently waiting for us to give up this vanning whim and return to throwing money at her.
Two years later we found that we would be passing through Glen Canyon again and this time I was prepared. Our sailboat was long gone but now I had a nice, little, and much less demanding boat neatly folded up under our bed. “Perhaps there is some good kayaking in Lake Powell,” I wondered as I looked at my online map. So I searched on the internet and found out that although there are lots of places to kayak on the lake, the place with the most convenient access would take us into Antelope Canyon.
Located on Native American land near the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Antelope Canyon is a big draw. So big that you can’t hike the canyon without hiring a guide or going on a paid tour. Except for the entrance fee to the Marina where the boat launch was (which was covered by our new National Park Pass we had just bought in Kanab), kayaking into Antelope Canyon would not only be free for us but inflating the kayak one more time would bring our per-use expense for it down just a little bit more, we could experience the canyon at our own pace sans a guide and other people, and it would make me once again glad that I spent so much time last summer trying to figure out how to fit a sturdy two-person kayak into Ballena Blanca.
Besides the kayaking, we found a few other things to do in the Glen Canyon area. We went on a few hikes, did a bit of lake and river gazing, took the dam tour, spent a day doing chores and laundry, and took a few $2 showers.
We passed up one of the other big attractions to the area – Horseshoe Bend. Perhaps you have seen pictures of this site on Instagram or on the screen saver for your Apple TV. It is quite stunning and very popular. The attraction is free and only just a short hike from a ten dollar parking lot. I don’t think I would have cared too much about the parking cost if there weren’t hundreds of cars already parked in it when we passed by. I’d rather just stay off the beaten path which, of course, is why I have a kayak folded up under my bed.
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