Monument Valley AZ, Sunday May 18 for Wednesday, May 14 on Lake Powell
Wednesday we needed Joyce at her peak skills and she came through admirably despite still being under the weather. We were to drive the powerboat 35 miles and visit Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The final mile was down narrow canyons and then we would have to walk to the site.
Once again we navigated the main channel of Lake Powell. Lou and Chris did an excellent job of spotting the channel markers. One moment was memorable. We hit one wake and the boat bounced up in the air. So did Manning, we watched him rise a foot in the air and land again on all four paws as it nothing happened.
Joyce piloted us to Forbidden Canyon, and then down Forbidden Canyon to the floating dock the National Park Service maintains for visitors like us. Only, the NPS does not allow pets on the floating dock or at the monument. Ed and Chris took the first hike while Lou and Joyce stayed with Manning and ate their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The ride in and out of Forbidden Canyon was breath taking and nerve wracking. The canyon walls are tall and the stream is narrow. It took all of Joyce’s skill to avoid hitting the walls or getting grounded. Too bad we did not have any champagne to toast her when we got back.
Rainbow Bridge was not publicized until 1909 when two exploring parties joined forces and “found” it. In 1910 President Taft created the Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The bridge is 290 feet tall and the span is 275 feet across the river. The top of the arch is 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide. It was a remarkable site to behold.
After Lou and Joyce made their trip up, we retraced our steps, somewhat, to the houseboat. We made a secondary stop at Dangling Rope marina to top off the gas tank and get some ice cream. The way there was a challenge as we went down some narrow canyons again. We certainly got our fill of challenging power boat driving.
Back at the houseboat, we got ready for our final dinner and then a campfire on the beach. We had found several fire rings on the beach and selected a close one, upgraded it, and made S’mores watching the moon rise and fire burn. A great way to end the day.
Ed and Chris May 18 11 pm