Ohhhhh another long grueling travel day, yup Friday 10/9 we lifted our jacks, said our “see ya down the road” to our friends Leesa & Gary and started out on our long 71 mile travel day from Kanab Utah to Page Arizona. Yup, after spending over a month bouncing around Utah we have moved into Arizona.
It was a nice leisurely drive on HWY 89 all the way to our turnoff to the Lake Powell Resorts & Marina. We chose to stay at the Wahweap Campground.
After 3 years of being on the road this was the first time we got to a campground before our site was ready. We rolled in about 10:30 and checkout is at 11 and this time the person that was camping in our site was one of those that wait right to the very last minute to vacate, no big deal we just hung out in the parking lot which had a nice view of Lake Powell and shot the bull with a couple from Idaho riding a Can-Am trike that just happened to have been staying in Kanab while we were there so time slipped right by.
We were given a pull through site but once we pulled in and I started setting up I noticed a not so great smell as well as more than normal amounts of water on the site. I got my hose out and sprayed down the site the best I could but decided the previous campers might have had an issue while dumping their tanks and decided to walk up to the office and ask to be moved. Luckily there was a back in site right behind us that was available so we had a short easy move. Actually the back in sites are better anyway, more space and better privacy.
Once we were all set up we jumped in the Jeep and headed out for our “get the lay of the land” drive. Our campground was located about 7 miles outside of Page and about 3 miles from the Glen Canyon Dam & walking distance from Lake Powell.
Page has a population of just over 7,000 people and is a fairly young town being founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers and their families during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Nation. The city is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet above sea level and 600 feet above Lake Powell.
During our drive we stopped off at the Glen Canyon Dam visitor center and took a walk across the bridge. We also signed up for a tour of the Dam for the following day at 10:30 before making our way home for the evening.
Saturday 10/10 rolled around with blue skies all around, another start to a great day!! BUT when Diane rolled out of bed things took a downward turn, she wasn’t feeling up to par. It seems she had a stomach issue that that proved to be bad enough to change our plans for the day.
I knew during our travel day and while touring Page that she wasn’t acting like herself but like normal she wouldn’t admit to anything being wrong. And I noticed the night before during our Mexican Dinner that she didn’t finish her meal so I think it was a combination of the Mexican food AND the Polish dogs and Sauerkraut that we had Friday night that did her in LOL!!
We decided to kibosh the Dam Tour plans and as it turned out Diane was pretty much under the weather all day which kept her grounded around home. I took advantage of the down day by jumping on the bike and riding along Lake Powell for a while and also took advantage of finally being in a campground that allowed washing the RV.
We have not been able to wash the rig since leaving Oregon and after hitting the rain and bad roads leaving Moab the motorhome has been a filthy mess and was bugging the heck out of me LOL!! That pretty much sums up Saturday.
Sunday 10/11 was our scheduled guided hike of the Antelope Slot Canyon, OH BOY!!
From what we read Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest and we see why.
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing.
Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months between March 20th and October 7th so we just missed the peak times by a few days but it was still pretty.
You can’t hike the slot canyon on your own any longer, private tour companies have been permitted to offer tours since 1987 and has been accessible by tour only since 1997, when the Navajo Tribe made it a Navajo Tribal Park.
There are a number of tour companies to choose from but after a little research we chose Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsosie. Here is a link to his tour service if you are interested, http://www.antelopeslotcanyon.com/about_us/chief.html
We opted for the 10:30 tour because it was one of the peak times that would be during the best light of the day and cost $58 each.
Once we checked in we watched an Indian Hoop dance performed by Paul. He used 10 hops but we were told that during competition the dancers would use up to 50 hoops!! 50!!!
After the dance we were loaded up onto the back of pickups and we headed towards the slot canyon. Once we reached the wash it was almost an E-ride LOL!! It seemed they liked racing through the wash to a certain extent which made for a fun ride.
I guess we expected there to be far less people in the canyon at the same time, sort of like the way the Wave is limited but we were wrong!! The entire canyon was wall to wall people and there were numerous bottle-necks but to be honest we were always looking up it seemed and didn’t really notice the crowd. And as far as the bottle-necks, it just gave us a chance to spend more time in the canyon to take in the sights so it worked in our favor the way we look at it.
I took and easy 200 pictures but not being a true photographer many of them were blurry because of the slow shutter speed needed in darker areas ( I would suggest bringing a tripod or even a hiking stick like I have that holds a camera on top to stabilize your shots (I didn’t bring mine).
Our guide (Lionel) was a wizard with cameras it seemed. He would take your camera or phone and change the settings for the best pictures and at times would even take your camera and take pictures for you. Even some of the people that at least “looked the look” of true photographers had him do so.
Lionel was full of knowledge and also during a couple of the bottle-neck moments played his flute which was pretty cool. He played a song once we reached the end of the slot canyon as well which was a nice touch.
After our hike we were loaded back into the pickups and taken back into town where they picked up there next load and were off again and it was time for Diane and I to find something for lunch.
We were wanting to try the Navaho Taco’s but as soon as we saw the 3 big smokers siting by an old tractor and a full parking lot and we changed our minds and headed to Big Johns Texas BBQ.
Parking was minimal and the place was packed inside and out but it didn’t take too long before we were sharing a full rack of ribs and a side of potato salad. The ribs were not the best we have ever had but they were good. They make a dry rub rib and I like a wet mop but other than that they were tender and had good taste.
After filling our bellies we headed out to Horseshoe Bend which is located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and is said to be one of the most photographed sections of the Colorado River.
I had the “toy” with me in hope of flying it to get some great shots but the place was packed with tourists so I decided against it and once again not being the best photographer and not the most daring along the cliff edge my shots really were disappointing but the view we had with our naked eyes while there were worth the hike. I would also recommend seeing it in the morning for the best pictures because of the sun angles.
By the time we finished at Horseshoe Bend we were ready to call it a day and headed home.
Monday 10/12 was our last day in Page and we didn’t really have any plans other than enjoying the weather and nice views from our campground, taking a walk and making a trip into Walmart to pick up a few things (Diane used up all the Pepto-Bismol during her bad day so we needed to replenish LOL!!).
During our walk about the park we ran across Diane (while in Kanab I helped her and her husband Frank with a jack issue they were having on their rig). After leaving Kanab they headed home to Tucson but made their way back up to Page for a camping trip with their son & daughter-in-law (once again it’s a small world).
A little later Frank came by our campsite and visited a bit and invited us to Happy Hour which we of course accepted!! So shortly after 5 we headed down to their campsite, had a few adult beverages, watched a little football and had a great time visiting with them all. Another batch of new found friends on the road (well they have homes in Tucson but still).
The next thing we knew it was pushing 9pm and Monday was a travel day so we gathered up our things, said our “see ya down the roads” and headed home.
We had a nice but short 4 day stay in Page and liked the Wahweap campground. Here are a few pictures of the sites. We didn’t care for the pull through sites because every other one you pulled in a different direction so you patio was somewhat shared with your neighbor and your utility side was shared with your neighbor on the other side and the RV’s were pretty close together.
The back in sites were pretty spacious and provided decent privacy. We think it would be a lot of fun to return again with friends and rent a houseboat for a couple nights, ANY TAKERS!!!!
We are sort of sorry we didn’t hang around Page a little longer but it was time to move on. Monday morning 10/13 we lifted our jacks and had another travel day. This time 130 miles to our new home for a week. See ya next time Lake Powell!!! We hope there is still some water left when we return.