our heels at Glen Canyon.
slept in and had a late breakfast of corned beef and eggs. Woe is
me, no Sunday paper I can hold in my hands, but since it was so late I
just read all I needed on the web. I will get back to my fix on Monday
with the USA Today paper in full form online just like it is on paper.
So cool. Now back to what's real... This is the view from our
5er at the view at sunset.
above panorama that I made using the free program from www.autostitch.net
looks good, but I also love the more close up details of the scene as below.
I digress as I have not linked
to the Glen
Canyon Rec. web site
and the Glen
Canyon Guide 2010 Park Newspaper (pdf 1.89Mb)
Our plan right now written
in sand with a stick, is to stay here for a day or two more and then move
on to the Monument Valley Area. There is the John
Wesley Powell Memorial Museum in Page, (you know how much Terry loves
museums). We did stop at the Dam Visitor center but I would like to take
the one hour tour down inside. And do we dare try to investigate
the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park Antelope
Canyon Also see the Wikipedia link to this
No reason to rush off down
the road when we have more to explore right here. Getting past the vacation
mode is still a factor we fight at times. A couple of days in one spot,
and we think should we move on... we know the answer. Not till we
are ready. And who could ask for a better boondocking site that has within
a couple hundred yards water and a dump site and you saw the views we have
I like Page, AZ and me thinks
we need more time here, don't ya think...
We are now
calling Lone Rock in Glen Canyon our temporary home.
up and left Lees Ferry in good time this AM and later pulled up the 2000
ft climb to get to Page, AZ.
truck now that we replaced our fuel filter handled the climb like it didn't
we have landed at Lone Rock in the Glen Canyon Rec. area.
The above view from our spot
we chose to call home for a few days. We unhooked (a first for us) and
drive around to see where we could go so we wouldn't have a problem getting
stuck in loose sand if we wanted to go down closer to the beach.
This isn't an organized campground, but a do your own thing wherever you
want. Boondocking just the way we like it. The lower areas next to the
lake was a little iffy on the roads as some of them have soft sand, so
for us so we chose to set up in the area high above with grand views close
to the campground host site and dump station. There was a MH in the host
site so Terry walked over to say HI and he said they have been parked in
the host site for about two weeks but they are not the hosts. We asked
what the camping fees were, (we knew we got in free with Senior Pass) and
also till April 25 all entrance fees are free for all. But the big brown
entrance sign didn't talk about camping fees. These squatters at the host
site said not to worry as they have been here for two weeks and no one
has asked them for any camping fees. So we shall see how this goes. The
main restrooms are closed and locked up so me thinks we are very
out of season and not to worry.
After we unhooked we headed
back to Page for a tour of the area and to get supplies.
We stopped at this grand
overview high up over Glen Canyon.
By this time it was about
12:30 and I had planned to stop Mc Donald's for a craving of a Quarter
Pounder without cheese, but Terry spotted a sign for a Mandarin Chinese
Buffet across the road from Mc Ds. so we turned around and went back. It
was in a small shopping plaza right next to where a Bashas' food store
had closed. I was worried and still had thoughts of a Mc D. But it
had been a long time since we had had Chinese so I gave in so we stopped.
It was in a small place but many locals were inside and looking happy as
they ate. Less selection but more tasty than many big scale type places.
Me thinks it was all homemade. You could tell it was a family operation
and all were were there working so many hours each day. Who would think
a place like this would be a hit in Page, AZ. It was, and you could see
the locals were into this cuisine.
Next off to WalMart just
down the road where we needed to stock up. Terry had a big shopping list.
I was tired and depressed, because I was so full, so didn't have the urge
to pluck those fun food items from the shelves. I did find Corn Nuts in
the checkout isle as we were waiting in a long slow checkout line. Yesterday
in this same store we were in line in an under 20 or less item line and
they shut it down and there were no other 20 or less lanes even open.
I have not seen these in
years and they are so good. I plucked a couple and threw them in the cart.
Later as we were heading
back to our boondocking site Terry said since we had so much to eat at
the Mandarin Chinese Buffet don't expect much for supper tonight... And
I said... Not to worry "I never expect much for supper". That got
a look that could kill.
Stop back to see if I awoke
OK on Sunday...
day trip to scope out our next stop.
out of Lees Ferry over the Navajo Bridge and up HW 89 toward Page, AZ.
You have to climb 2000 ft
on the way to Page. so you know there are views to be had looking back
northwest form the highway.
On the way back the view
going down this same grade.
This is a great area for
got our truck tire fixed at Big O Tires in Page. They found we didn't have
a nail in it, but a valve stem went bad. So $12 for install of a new one
and a $5 tip to the nice young man who fixed it and we were on our way.
off to explore Glen Canyon Rec. area for our next campsite. The above map
shows Lone Rock that we were told at the Marble Canyon visitor center was
where everyone went to camp on the beach.
roads have places where loose sand will bog you down and we don't know
if it is safe to pull our 5er in here without checking out the many roads
before we try to pull over them. We almost got stuck with just our dually
truck. But then you know a dually is worse than a normal truck for getting
stuck even on wet grass we have found. There is space up overlooking the
area with solid ground so may go there to boondock. Close to the campground
host in a large like parking lot. Free to get in the Rec. Area and $10
($5 with Senior Pass). We didn't seen any place to pay so don't know, it
might be free to camp.
choice was was the main Wahweap Rec.Area. This shot shows just a small
sample of the pontoon boats that were up on blocks for use in the summer
rental season. Parking lot after parking lot were full of these.
area also has a large concessionaire RV campground and prices to match.
$43 for a full hookup and $23 for dry camping. They do offer a 50% discount
with Senior Pass in the dry camping sections only. No discount on the full
hookups. So $12 if we want to dry camp with use of the dump and potable
water. So let me get this straight, it costs $30 bucks more for a power
hookup. Sure the sites are paved and nicer, but still.
we will go back to Lone Rock with the same great views for $5 if they are
even charging. We have all the equipment to dry camp without missing out
on anything. And they even do have a new dump station at this location.
So what's not to like.
stopped at a Super WalMart in Page when heading back to Lees Ferry and
will do more in-depth shopping when we come back this way. It was getting
late and we wanted to get back to our cozy "it factor" campsite. It's the
weekend and the sites were filling up while we were gone. The weather has
been windy and cool but the forecast sez it's to clear up, no wind, and
be much warmer for the weekend. Like going up to 80.
on Saturday morning we may, or may not get excited and move on, or just
hang out at Lees Ferry for the weekend and watch the rafters float by.
We have everything we need to be happy and not in a rush to be anywhere.
We are very lucky, me thinks.
to watch Bill Maher on HBO later as it's Friday night.
is cooking a Friday night fish fry. From the frozen food section of WalMart
information overload and working on the web.
somthing was wrong when we heard my cell phone ringing early, we were still
in bed, and we didn't get to it in time. It was a call saying
the company I retired from (Qwest Telco) after 33 years had been merged.
Or as they say bought out. Not news you want to hear so early in the morning.
My heart was a pounding as I wanted to find out how this will effect us
as in my pension and benefits. I still do the Des Moines, IA local union
web site www.cwa7102.org
I knew I would have to update it big time with all this info. I spent the
most of the day researching the whole deal. Please do go to the the
union site if you want to learn more about this. I have on that site links
to some interesting aspects of this merger and how it will affect the Telecommunications
for some wonderful news you if you retired from a company with a Health
Ins. plan and you were an early retiree. If you took early retirement
and not yet 65. Do read this fact sheet from the White House.
Benefits from the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Reinsurance Program for Early
Retirees The historic Affordable Care Act is now law. Among
those benefits is a reinsurance program for early retirees that will be
available to businesses around this country. It is an idea that was advocated
by large businesses, which wanted it to be part of the Affordable Care
Act because they believe it will defray the high and often unpredictable
cost of early retirees, helping them to maintain retiree benefits at affordable
levels. The Act will pay your former employer to reduce, big time,
your monthly payments and co-pays including drug costs. Retroactive back
to the first of this year untill 2014. At last some good news so more of
us can get into the RV fulltiming lifestyle and get a great break on health
after all this above information you might have forgotten where we are
at, and what we are up to... Still at Lees Ferry..
up for a couple of more days as it's to be windy again on Friday.
got this shot of people heading out on the adventure of their lives.
in camp today.
was sunny but the wind came up as we knew it would, so we hunkered down.
We knew the great weather we have been having could not last. I downloaded
the USA Today with NewsStand
Reader checked email, and read blogs we follow on our site on www.hitchitch.com
Later I did stow the DataStorm internet dish as the wind was even more
than we thought we wanted to subject it to. It can take winds
up to 50 - 60 mph but today we were rock and rolling in the 5er so we shut
it down. We later watched movies, saved on our DirecTV DVR. No need to
start our generator as the sun kept us charged up enough with our solar
panels to power it all.
from our site to the west to the road coming down to Lees Ferry.
brave souls did take off in the wind as we saw from up high above in the
are on a schedule so had to launch me thinks. But in the lower canyon the
weather is not that much of a deal as you might imagine. You are in a hole
in the earth... and floating through it.
I worked to update Terry's
netbook computer in the afternoon while watching the DVR movies.
We were happy to sit tight
in this campground while this weather front moved through.
Terry took a pay envelope
with a whole $12 for then next two days.
This National Recreational
Area is a gift to us all, me thinks.
We may go for a day trip
to Page, AZ tomorrow to see what has changed, and plan our next move.
To end this post a shot from
yesterday from the raft launch point at Lees Ferry looking west.
We day tripped
around Lees Ferry.
breezy sunny day. We keep waiting for the weather to deteriorate
but so far it hasn't.
have been so lucky at GC and now here at Lees Ferry.
Maps, got to have maps so
you can follow along.
were a bit worried when we go here that our satellite would get not get
a signal out over the canyon tops the south, but it did at last. For you
DataStorm users I had to do a stow to stop a wondering search. Did a new
search and then it locked right on. Makes for happy internet connected
I forgot to mention they
have on the entrance road an automated electric fee machine to collect
a NPS fee of $15. Free for us with my Senior Pass and the campground
was $12 but for us $6. Life is good, but me wonders at times if I would
just rather pay the reguar fee if I didn't have the health issues
that go along with the age thing.
Today we drove back to the
Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center at Marble Canyon where HW 89A
crosses the Colorado River.
A very nice NPS visitor center will all the goodies of books, maps, etc.
that you could ever want about the area, both Glen Canyon and the Grand
Canyon. It had a nice person behind the counter to answer questions. There
is a nice motel gas staion and general store here for people to get the
items they need on their river trip. Our group many years ago spent a the
night in the motel the night before we hit the river. It was here we told
the outfitter what kind of beer and how much, we wanted to be placed in
the bags to be dragged behind the rafts. The river is cold and it kept
the beer cold all except for the ones who ordered Koors, as back then it
wasnt pasturaized, and it got kind of stinky by the end of the trip when
the river warmed up.
They were offering us big
time cash for our non fancy beers like
don't ya know.
A short video
by Desert USA about Lees Ferry.
The Interpretive Center is
located right at the bridges, the old one and the new one.
Old one built in 1929 and
the new one in 1995. Want more info see
Wikipedia on Navajo Bridge.
Back on the road to Lees
Ferry is this balanced rock.
Down a the put in point at
Lees Ferry for rafts headed west through the canyon for multi day trips.
Here is a biggy outfitter.
We saw their semi truck
and trailer come through with all this stuff so they could build this adventure.
I as I have said before I have been on one of these trips and they do treat
you well with great food. Only so many people are allowed on the river
each year by the NPS so as not to upset the conditions in the lower canyons.
I checked their web site
Western River Expeditions and they have openings in June of this year
for about $2700 each for 7 day trips to book online. Or they say call for
openings sooner. I don't remember paying near that amount so the less people
allowed to do this must raise the cost factor.
A shot from their site...
and let me tell you it is just like this.
I just had to search out
the outfitter I went with years ago. Moki
Mac River Expeditions.
Me thinks their prices might
be lower if you are looking to do a trip of a lifetime and cost is a consideration.
Now you get to the smaller
float trip outfitters who were getting set up and checked in by the Park
She had a clip board checking
off items they must prove they have to get approval for a river trip.
This is serious stuff as
if you are not equipped correctly you can get in trouble and it is a long
way down in the middle
of the GC to be rescued.
These small float trips are normally for 14 days. You are on your own with
4 or so people and your guide. The big boats are for 6 to 7 days and they
have outboard motors to move the big rig along.
Watching these outfitters
getting ready, will bring back memories of an adventure of a lifetime for
anyone who has done this.
You know who you are if
you have had the opportunity to do this life changing experience.
This is not an E ticket
ride at Disney World to be sure.
Trailer Village in the GC Heading to Lees Ferry.
as you can see we had a bit of a delay. As we hooked up I noticed the left
outside dually didn't look right so I kicked it and then knew it
was flat. Just what we wanted as we were ready to pull out and head out
of the park to the east entrance and on down the road. I know so
many of you have fancy tire monitors and so should us, but so far we have
been ok... we shall see.
Doesn't Terry look like he
is having fun getting the spare unhooked. Would you believe the spare DID
have air in it..
A RVer across the
drive, who had been on the road for two days straight from TX,
came over to help get the spare unhooked from the drop wire. When in a
RV park all you have to do is get under your truck, lift your hood,
or look confused and another camper will rush over to help. We of course
have a road service (we are fulltimers) but how long would we have to wait
for that at the Grand Canyon. So we, as in Terry changed it. There was
a small nail in it so we will get it fixed in Page, AZ in a few days.
Later we headed out the east
entrance of the GC and landed at
Lees Ferry. just west of Page,AZ.
This is where the float
trips leave from to go down through the full GC adventure.
Lees Ferry is the only place
within Glen Canyon where visitors can drive to the Colorado River in over
700 miles of Canyon Country, right up to the first "rapid" in the Grand
Canyon. A natural corridor between Utah and Arizona, Lees Ferry figured
prominently in the exploration and settlement of Northern Arizona. Lees
Ferry is now a meeting of the old and the new.
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