2014 Trip Four, May 13, The Southwest

Sunday May 18 in Monument Valley AZ for Tuesday,May 13 on Lake Powell

Lou and Chris looking out at Gunsight Bay

Lou and Chris looking out at Gunsight Bay

Tuesday was a hiking day. In the morning, Lou, Chris and Ed returned to the canyon stream bed they discovered Monday and hiked it further to the point of no advancement-unless you were in to rappelling which we were not. Along the way we came across several places with a profusion of wildflowers. At a bend in the creek bed, Lou and Chris discovered several schools of tadpoles. We followed the stream bed out to the lake and then went up the cliff.

A view along the morning hike

A view along the morning hike

Climbing the cliff was a challenge but we handled it. This was an intermediate cliff, not the several hundred foot cliffs behind the houseboat. The views were grand and we felt proud of ourselves for accomplishing the climb up-and back down.

Lou jumping the creek

Lou jumping the creek

After lunch, since Joyce was still feeling poorly, Chris and Ed went hiking in the opposite direction along the base of the cliff. Chris resisted the urge to stop in at the other three houseboats parked a ways down the beach.

Area of the afternoon hike

Area of the afternoon hike

The hike was flatter than the morning hike and I can not say that we discovered anything unusual, but the open air and grand vistas were rewarding. When we returned from the hike, as we were sitting on the deck of the houseboat, we saw a coyote prancing along the area where Manning usually takes his walks. After that, Manning was always on a leash.

Our coyote visitor

Our coyote visitor

Dinner consisted of grilled pork tenderloin, baked potatoes and fresh green beans. The moon rose over the lake again providing dramatic views. Even better, the wind was calm and the water was smooth so the boat was pretty much stationary during the night.

Moon rise over Gunsight  Bay

Moon rise over Gunsight Bay

Ed and Chris May 17 9:25 pm

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