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Utah Day 4: Lake Powell

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Dave!GAAAH! I am completely without the world today. NO internet. NO mobile phone reception. NO newspaper. And only a tiny 13-inch television with four channels to let me know that there is life outside of my small corner of Utah. I guess I should have posted yesterday's blog entry when I had the chance?

I am currently in lovely Bullfrog Bay on the shores of Lake Powell. Except it really isn't a lake... it's just a big canyon full of water that flooded in when they built a huge dam down-river. Some friends asked me to meet them here so we could go boating around the inlets and see some cool stuff. Apparently, the water level is the lowest it has been in a very, very long time, so you can see things that are normally buried under water.

Like this tree, for instance...

Lake Powell

If you look at the cliffs, you can see where the water-line usually is, because the rocks have been bleached. Only the red rocks are supposed to be showing above the water, or so I am told. That would mean that this tree is usually under about 80 feet of water, and hasn't seen daylight in 40 years. I wonder how come it hasn't completely rotted through? You can't help but feel sorry for the poor guy. He was just minding his own business, when some asshole comes along and builds a dam, then suddenly he's underwater thinking WTF?

And here is a boat that sunk years ago...

Lake Powell

Yeah, I know that it seems to have ran aground and crashed into the shore, but it didn't. That's because the shore usually isn't anywhere near here. It just so happens that the water level is so low that it looks that way. If you examine the rocks carefully, you will see that the water-line is usually way, way back there. No sign of Gilligan or The Skipper.

But the best part is cruising into these little grottos that usually don't even exist because they're buried underwater. Some really funky shadow-and-light stuff can be found that takes your breath away...

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Except now I'm sunburned and tired and have a five-hour drive ahead of me later today. Bleh.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "I'm a killer. A murdering bastard... you know that. And there are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard."
Day-Before-Yesterday's Answer: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1999) with Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah.

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Comments

  1. kazza says:

    love the last photo!

    and I know how you feel about lack of connectivity in southern utah – had the exact same problem last year, three days being off the air, horrible! :)

  2. ViNi says:

    O my God it is so beautiful, epecially the last photo.

  3. Ben says:

    Oooh. They would make some excellent wallpapers.

    :D

  4. girlonaglide says:

    Great pics Dave. I’ll take mine off my site now, they pale in comparison. BUT… mine were taken from the seat of a motorcycle, so I have that on ya at least. :)

  5. Dave2 says:

    Lake Powell is an interesting place. I would be interested in going back one day to see what it is “supposed” to look like when the water-level is back to normal.

  6. rachel says:

    i love this website the pics are beautiful i like the last one the best

  7. katie says:

    we spent a week at Lake Powell the first year of the drought and you could just begin to see the white water line. It was such a breathtaking, serene, “you can’t find me”, kind of vacation.
    However, your pictures make me want to take the trip again and experience the beauty “under the rim”. Thanx for the wonderful adventure through your photography. k

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