Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Postcard from Beaver City, Utah

We covered 600 miles on the first leg of our trip from Tucson, Arizona to Oregon. Tonight we're staying in Beaver City, Utah, some 200 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Along the way we passed the amazing green-on-red-on-yellow-on-orange contrasts of northern Arizona and southern Utah. While we didn't have the time to stop at Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, I did convince my family to allow me a quick photo excursion as we passed Glen Canyon Dam, just north of Page, Arizona where U.S. 89 crosses the Colorado River, Glen Canyon, and (man-made) Lake Powell.

Good historical details on the Dam here, so I won't repeat them. Instead, I'll share some photos:

Glen Canyon Dam with Lake Powell on the left. There once was a time when you could drive, or even walk, on the dam itself. No longer the case, much to my chagrin.
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A wider view of Lake Powell. In the distance, smoke from Arizona and Utah brushfires combines with low clouds, giving the next 100 miles of our drive an otherwordly feeling.
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Looking from the crest of the dam roughly 640 feet down to the Colorado River.
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While this bridge spanning Glen Canyon was completed in 1956, the dam itself wasn't completed until 1966, and it took another 17 years for Lake Powell to fill completely. The glass windows to the right are the visitors' center.
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Tomorrow: Idaho!

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