2014 Trip Four, May 10, The Southwest

Monument Valley AZ Friday May 16

Post for Saturday May 10, Lake Powell

Morning dawned and miracle of miracles, the houseboat was still anchored at the location we had beached it. The winds and the waves had made the boat sway during the night but it was still beached. Some slept soundly through the night, others not so much due to concern of being unanchored. Unfortunately Joyce was not feeling well and ear/sinus issues would plague her for most of the trip.

Out powerboating Saturday May 10

Out powerboating Saturday May 10

The five others went for a power boat ride, with Dave doing the driving. We explored Padre Bay and its many coves. The water level is low and so even Dave and Toni were viewing new formations. In warmer weather, these coves are locations where people would park their boat and go swimming. Many of the boats have slides for people to land in the water. Today’s water temperature was not conducive for that.

Padre Bay is large

Padre Bay is large

At one location, we were all amazed by the sight of a rock arch along the water’s edge. As we got closer, we realized the sun’s angle and the colors of the rock had created an optical illusion and there was no arch.

One of the coves off Padre Bay

One of the coves off Padre Bay

With Dave driving, we were comfortable coming closer to the edge of the cliffs and seeing the rock formations from just a few feet away.

exploring Padre Bay

exploring Padre Bay

We stopped and beached the boat once and went for a short hike among the rocks, Since we were unsure how secure the beaching was, we did not stray too far from the boat. All in all, we spent most of the morning out boating.

walking around on Saturday

walking around on Saturday

Lou checking out the rocks

Lou checking out the rocks

The afternoon started getting cloudy and windy and the group stayed on the houseboat. Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs with Joyce’s homemade meatballs.

The clouds start gathering

The clouds start gathering

This night, the wind and rain came and rocked the boat quite a bit. Chris repeated her mantra “out of my comfort zone” quite a few times but the anchors held.

Ed and Chris May 17 at 7 am for May 10 Still getting caught up for after a week of no internet

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2 thoughts on “2014 Trip Four, May 10, The Southwest

  1. Jude

    Beautiful pictures!
    This is your year for pushing the boundaries, right? I guess this trip was very successful in that regard.

  2. Colleen M Tigelman

    Beautiful rock formations. So glad the anchor held time and again. You are gutsy folks. Love, Bob & Colly

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