Trip Report - Grand Circle & Houseboating

Old Sep 23rd, 2006, 07:56 PM
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Day 14 - More of Lake Powell

We awoke to waves rocking us against the shore at around 7:30am. This is an early vacation crowd on this lake! Wave runners, wake boarders, and tubers were all out enjoying the early morning temperatures on the lake. Again, it is not crowded - we're only talking about a few boats passing by us, but it was enough to wake us all up. I think we accidentally happened on a very popular place to beach our boat yesterday! It is extremely scenic and full of lots of coves where houseboats are tucked away along the shore.

We made a delicious egg and sausage breakfast to start the morning. Our menus so far are working out great. I know I fell into the trap of buying too much food which they say is a "rookie" mistake. It is a scary thing to think of running out of food. It is not often that we vacation in a place where groceries are not available! No restaurants, no convenience stores (except Dangling Rope) and no grocery stores. We wanted to make sure we had enough to eat when we were planning but I can already see that I overdid it! I think we could be out here for two weeks with the amount of groceries we have!

After breakfast the kids couldn't wait to get on that sliding board. The slide comes off the upper deck so as I said before, it has a nice steep drop into the water. Of course they were bugging my Mom and I to come too. Mom (whom they call "Granjan") was game so off the slide she went! She is about to get a knee replacement so climbing back on the boat from the water was no easy task for her. But of course that didn't stop here from going again! My mom and dad have a zest for living (that's why they are on this vacation with us!) and the kids love it!

I was a little afraid that Faith would be intimidated by the slide but no way -she loved it too! I held them off and told them I would go tomorrow.

Taylor was anxious to get on the tube, so G-Dad (my Dad) and Mike got the power boat going and the three kids were off on their first tubing adventure. Faith, after one attempt, decided it was not for her - a bit too scary! The boys loved it, although Taylor was the one who was the most enthralled with it. Zack is my fisherman and Taylor is the tuber. We hadn't gotten a wake board which I regretted. Zack is a skateboarder and I bet he would've preferred wakeboarding. And as we saw all of the jet skis zipping about, we were wishing we had one of those as well! We just had to draw the line somewhere when we were planning this trip - it is all so expensive!

When they got back from tubing, we decided to all get in the power boat and explore a bit. We went down into the various canyons nearby and meandered back as far as we could go. It was fun to see all of the various houseboats tucked into the nooks and crannies!

After a while, we then headed up to Dangling Rope Marina. The scenery was gorgeous as we steadily made our way uplake. Sometimes the topography was just red rock and sometimes it was more like the Grand Canyon. We were amazed at how fast we could zip around in the power boat. If we wanted to know which buoy we were at, we simply drove over to it. In the houseboat, it would take forever to get to each buoy!

After about 45 minutes or so we arrived at the sign indicating Dangling Rope so we headed into the canyon and there it was! How cool to have a marina that can only be reached by water and not land! There were many boats here but it was not overly crowded. We easily found a place to refuel the power boat. We all got off to eat lunch and have the very famous ice cream. It does taste good on a hot day! The marina store had lots of sundries and groceries. Heaven knows we didn't need to stock up on anything! Our ice was holding out. We had gotten 5 blocks and at least five bags of ice when we had started our journey. The blocks were working well to keep our big cooler ice cold.

After lunch and ice cream we determined that we mine-as-well go all the way up to Rainbow Bridge since we were already half way there. The weather was beautiful, sunny but not scorching. I really wanted to see Rainbow Bridge in good weather!

So we made our way up to buoy 49 and hooked a right. Luckily there was a sign indicating Forbidding Canyon so we knew we were headed in the right direction. The canyon gets narrow and we had to follow the signs back to Rainbow Bridge. Once again, if there had not been signs, we would've gotten lost for sure. The route is very narrow but yet houseboats can still make it back there. We were so glad we were not in our houseboat as the navigation through this area would be tricky!

We finally meandered our way back to the floating dock and tied up our boat. Now the kids were in mutiny and not wanting to take the mile and a quarter hike into Rainbow Bridge. They said they had seen enough arches! It was very hot by this time in the afternoon and I was not about to force them and have to listen to complaining the entire time. Mike volunteered to stay back with them on the boat so Granjan, G-Dad and I set off down the trail with plenty of water.

It was not at all shaded but it was an easy hike. When we got there, we were in awe! This thing is BIG! It was by far the largest arch we had seen. It was beautiful and it was so worth the effort to get here. We could see the water line 100 feet high on the rocks as we had hiked up. It's hard to believe that the lake was ever that high!

Mike and the kids were glad to see us when we arrived back at the boat. They were ready to head back to the boat.

As we had explored the lake today we had never really seen a spot that we liked better than where we were anchored. We had all decided that it was best to just stay put and continue to use the power boat to venture wherever we wanted to go (Dayle is right!) Since it such slow going with the houseboat, you could spend a very long time just going uplake to find another spot. We loved where we were. It was fairly private but we had such a gorgeous view across Padre Bay.

It only took us about an hour to get back to the houseboat. Traveling with the wind, instead of against it, makes a difference.

We got home and fixed fajitas for dinner. We had marinated the chicken and then grilled it. Everything tastes better when you've worked up an appetite!

The air was a bit still outside so for the first time, we turned on the air conditioner inside the cabin. The temperatures have been very mild so far.

We stepped outside after dinner to watch the sunset and again, were not disappointed. The rocks came alive with the beautiful orange and pink sky as a back drop. I got out my camera and started to walk up the rocks to enjoy a new perspective. Wow! With our houseboat down below, the view was fantastic! I snapped away until the sun finally sank down, down, down below the horizon. Just beautiful!

Beetlejuice was on tap for our movie night tonight - it's one of my kids' favorites. We were too tired to do a campfire but we promised the kids to do it tomorrow night! Faith was eagerly anticipating S'mores!

So another day comes to an end on Lake Powell. We are still enjoying our vacation. Rest and relaxation is the name of the game out here and that's what we're doing. Even though we've been gone from home for so long, none of us are homesick. The beauty and uniqueness of this wonderful place is keeping us happy.

More to come...
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Old Sep 25th, 2006, 05:46 AM
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Thanks for continuing...I'm still tuned into your adventure. You can tell a great trip when no one is homesick.
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Old Sep 25th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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scraphappy,

i have to admit, i first read your report just for the houseboat bit but after reading that, i started reading your trip report from the top. You have a very nice family and what seems to have been a really great vacation. I wanted to shout hurray for Faith and to tear up with you when you had that walk by yourself in Bryce. I completely understand what you mean about feeling lucky to be seeing the beauty that is the United States of America - and yes, I heard the star spangled banner in the background!!!

Please continue your story when you get a chance. I am completely tuned in. You tell the story very well indeed. ...and I love the pictures too! You gave me some great ideas to do in Zion, etc. Thanks for doing this trip report!

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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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Funny how reactions to a place can differ.

I too am moved by the beauty of southern Utah and am humbled by it. I view it as one of the wonders of creation and view the United States and a serious threat to this magical place....in particular the current administration and their assualt of the protections the area has enjoyed so far. It makes me angry to have a place so precious torn up for the profit of a few large corporations.

This has led me to throw my support behing this organization and I hope any of you who love souther Utah consider doing so as well. Sorry for the rant, sometimes I can't help it.

http://www.suwa.org/





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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 06:58 AM
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Scraphappy, where did you go? Would love to hear the rest of this...
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:17 AM
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scraphappy,

Not trying to rush you or anything but.... I sure am enjoying this report.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 04:05 PM
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I know you guys, I'm dying to hear what's next, but didn't wnat to be too pushy. I was going to wait until Friday to post, but...

Scraphappy this is basecamp...come in scraphappy...do you copy...over.
 
Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Well, that's what I get for trying to be cute and funny. I don't know why it made part of my sentence into a web address, that's weird.

Anyway, you get the genereal idea, we're still with you.
 
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that's funny flmom...
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Old Oct 6th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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I'm here, I'm here everybody!! Sorry, I have been absolutely swamped by life -I'm one of those moms who volunteers too much! I'll post another installment tonight or tomorrow, I promise!

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Good deal.
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Old Oct 6th, 2006, 10:26 PM
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excellent scrapphappy! looking forward to it! it will be a great break from my designated packing weekend. yuck, packing, yuck. thanks for the relief in advance!
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I'm sorry everybody. I just can't write tonight. My mom is going in for a knee replacement tomorrow and this has not been a good night. Please forgive me, but I will be back as soon as I can concentrate. I know I promised, but this weekend has not gone as I had planned. Thanks for understanding!
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No worries, scraphappy, you take care of your family. I hope your Mom's surgery goes well, I think they get real relief when it's over. Best Wishes to you and yours...always.
 
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No worries scraphappy. Hope the surgery goes well and the week is better than the weekend.

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