Spring Break: Afternoon of Day 6
Kayaking Lake Powell
A couple of months ago when I was planning the itinerary I found Page Arizona because of the classic Pinterest pictures of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. I knew, however, that we would need more to do than just that. So, I looked up what else there was around the town and I discovered they had a lake called Lake Powell. I had researched things to do at the lake and saw they had paddleboard and kayak rentals available. I didn’t know any hard details about renting besides the fact that you could and how much it was. I put it on the schedule anyways.
So after visiting Horseshoe Bend, I typed in “Lake Powell Rentals” and followed the address of the first place that popped up. When we pulled in I asked the man if they would carry the kayaks down to the lake or if we would have to do it ourselves. He said they didn’t offer transportation and I started back to the car. I didn’t think there was a way for us to get the kayaks down there in our car. He stopped me and said they could put them on top of the car and promised it wouldn’t hurt it; so we let him.
When we were loaded in the car along with our paddles, life jackets, and the kayaks on top we all looked at each other and said: “how in the world are we going to get these up here once we’re done?” With laughter, we shrugged our shoulders and agreed we’d worry about that when we got there. Then off we went, four girls, driving through Arizona with two kayaks strapped to the top of my Nana and Papa’s car. It was such a comical thing.
We unloaded them and got in the water with no problem! I don’t think we thought about how long the trip would take as we paddled down the lake and into a canyon. By the time we made it to the end of the canyon and realized we had to paddle all the way back to the boat ramp, our arms felt like jelly. Thankfully we made it back. Turns out we paddled three miles.
After it was all over we put the kayaks back on top the car with great teamwork. Eden, Kathryn, and Becca did a great job lifting as I directed and strapped them in! We still feel so accomplished and can’t believe we actually did it.
Lake Powell at sunset from Alstrom point a stormy day.
The light was changing every 5min.
The wind was so much blowing it was difficult to keep the tripod stable, but it was worth to remain in the cold for 1h30 to capture this nice show.
This is the last image of my Lake Powell trip for a bit, until I get my film back anyway. Here are my impressions. First, if you’re planning a trip to this area of Utah/Arizona, there are many hundreds of places you could visit and photograph, and visiting Lake Powell is TOTALLY worth it, but you’ll need access to a boat. You can get to some of these places over land, but you’ll need to be very prepared with lots of water, food, and fuel, emergency supplies, high clearance 4WD, etc. Secondly, I read Beyond the Hundredth Meridian recently, and one of the key ideas in Stegner’s representation of John Wesley Powell, for whom the lake is named, is water conservation. He posits that settling and using this land would require much thought, planning, and caution with the land and resources. Powell’s and Stegner’s ideas are more prescient than ever. I’m not yet sure how to navigate the conservation, preservation, and reclamation ideas, but I will say that this region is a still a place no words, and no single photograph can describe. Like Walt Whitman once wrote, it contains multitudes. Lastly, if you choose to come here to make photographs, you’ll see light and color you can’t imagine are real. I did very little editing and color toning to my images.