all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 cell phone
|Route from Mansfield, LA to Page, AZ|
Glen Canyon Dam is upstream of Hoover Dam and smaller by 6 feet. They rank number 1 and 2 in terms of the largest concrete arch dams in the country. Construction of the Glen Canyon dam began in the year I was born, 1956. The first blasting of the rock faces was on October 15, 1956 and the blast was set off by President Eisenhower in Washington D.C. when he pressed a telegraph key. Setting off an explosive charge from several thousand miles away must have been very impressive for its time. Probably a way of showing American abilities during the Cold War.
|Glen Canyon Dam. The bridge in the |
front of it had to be built to move
construction equipment and materials
from one side of the canyon to the other.
|Glen Canyon Dam with Lake Powell|
The lake impounded by the dam is named Lake Powell. It took 17 years for it to fill up and did so in 1980. It is the second largest man made reservoir in the U.S., again, behind Lake Mead which was created by the Hoover Dam. Lake Powell is one of the prettiest lakes I've ever seen. The water is a pretty blue and it meanders up every little canyon along the way. At maximum pool stage it covers an area of about 161,000 acres with a max depth of 532 feet. The lake provides water for Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. These are considered the Upper Colorado States in terms of water. The dam releases the necessary amount of water to be retained by the Hoover Dam for use by the Lower Colorado River states of California, Nevada and Arizona. These two dams provide most of the power and water for most of the southwest.
There are lots of very large houseboats/yachts on the lake. They are so large that they have to be built near the lake because the roads into the area are too narrow to handle them. Once on the lake, they basically stay there unless they need repairs. The repairs places are also near the lake. It would be a great time to have one of those boats to explore every canyon for a hundred miles upstream. That would be nice.
I guess I've rambled on enough. The old Civil Engineer in me leaks out every now and then. The rest of the post will be pictures of the area and some of the trip between Flagstaff and Page. Some may not have captions since I can only use "wow" or "nice" every now and then. If you can think of some other captions for the pictures, post them in the comments section.
|This is approaching Flagstaff from the|
east. That mountain is very near
|This is after turning north at Flagstaff|
|It's pretty country|
|A mini Devils Tower?|
|It seems I've traveled a lot of long, lonesome highways.|
|Very good mountain roads.|
|I got lucky in that I got stopped in a construction zone as I was coming down the hill into the Page area. I was able to get a couple nice pictures.|
|Another one from the construction zone.|
|My campsite. Water/electric only. I tried to extend my stay but they are fully booked over this weekend.|
|A Navajo Taco. It has the normal taco stuff placed on Indian Fry Bread. The best description I had for the fry bread is like a "sopapilla". It was good, but I still prefer Taco Bell. By the way, Page is a 2 Taco Bell Town.|
|I climbed down to a scenic overlook in town. Going down was easy but I had to stop a few times going up to |
|This is the reward for climbing down. It technically isn't a bench, but I'm counting it as one. That is the dam between the columns.|
|This is looking downsteam from that scenic view spot. The canyons are the beginning of the Grand Canyon further downsteam.|
|A little bigger Devils Tower, but still smaller than the real one. This one is called Tower Butte and is on the Navajo Nation.|
|The Lake stretches out for a hundred miles or more|
|A panoramic picture. My cell phone does these pretty good.|
|That is one of the Marinas on the lake. |
|It sure is a pretty lake.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.