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USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

USA - Lake Powell - Arizona


Postby ChrisW » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:10 pm

Date walked: 08/07/2009

Time taken: 1.5

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 70m

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Lake Powell is formed by the Glen Canyon dam, so where better to start but the visitor centre at the dam, taken through the glass this shot shows both sides of the dam Image
After exiting the centre I crossed the dam to the opposite side to make a circular walk Image
The dry sandstone provides perfect grip and intriguing shapes to keep you interested as you wander Image
Small 'slot canyons' are formed all around the lake and weave their way to the waters edge Image
The shapes are formed by both water and wind blown desert sand Image
I stuck to the shade where possible, for as long as possible Image
There is little greenery here, but this bush has found the right spot Image
Further round the lake just before I turned to arc round downstream from the dam I saw a large speedboat going so fast across the lake it was scary to watch....the white speck top left is the boat Image
Across some fairly flat terrain to an overlook downstream of the dam Image
The water clarity has gone due to low flow downstream and green algae takes over for the length of the river Image
Back to the dam and away for me, another beautiful desert wander accomplished.
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby tango » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:37 pm

Chris lovely photos, looks rather warm there too!!!! :D the bush did have the right idea cooling off....
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Merry-walker » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:56 pm

Looks great there. Wonder if its safe to have a wee swim in that lake?
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:26 pm

Merry-walker wrote:Looks great there. Wonder if its safe to have a wee swim in that lake?


It sure is, one of the most popular swimming lakes in the US, the town of 'Page' is a real Mecca for US tourists (I did sit with my feet in it for a short while but didn't swim). In fact most lakes in the warm US states are swimming lakes, I lived in Oklahoma for a while and there was a fantastic beach at a lake nearby, it has to be that way because it is so damn far from the sea :lol:
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Merry-walker » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:30 pm

:lol:

It sure looks great. :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:36 pm

tango wrote:Chris lovely photos, looks rather warm there too!!!! :D the bush did have the right idea cooling off....


Hey Tango....Retford dude eh, it's a small world sometimes. I was in Retford last week visiting my brother who lives there, Retford & the UAE are an unlikely pairing :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:39 pm

Excellent, that's a great landscape. I love to see what endless water and wind erosion can do to rock.
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Graeme D » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:01 am

Stunning pics Chris, and a nice wee series of USA reports you've done there! :clap:
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby ChrisW » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:26 am

Thanks Graeme, the walks are a little 'weak' due to me carrying an injury but I thought the change of scenery would make up for it :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Graeme D » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:17 pm

They might be a little "weak" compared to some of the hardcore epics on here :lol: - but none the poorer for that! Thanks for sharing them. 8)
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Merry-walker » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:26 pm

Weak Chris??

Nonsense :)
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Paul Webster » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:30 pm

It's almost tempting for me to go visit these places :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Merry-walker » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:37 pm

talk of Walkhighland's meet-up? :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby ChrisW » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:06 pm

If I was still based in the US I would have invited guests.......but I'll be in Canada in 12 months(hopefully).....just 50 miles from this.... (Banff National Park)
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I'll extend the invite from there :D
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Re: USA - Lake Powell - Arizona

Postby Merry-walker » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:23 pm

brilliant :D
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