A trip to Lake Powell turned into the perfect summer vacation

Greenwich-Voices-DadakisIt’s the dog days of August, but for Greenwich those hazy, hot and humid days haven’t materialized. We haven’t had a single day so far in which the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

So much for liberals’ insistence on raising taxes and imposing draconian environmental requirements to stem this so-called catastrophic global warming.

But, despite cooler than normal weather our fellow Greenwich citizens are still rapidly fleeing town for vacation. Many have headed to East Coast beaches from Squirrel Island, Maine to Long Beach Island, N.J. and everywhere in between. Others are jetting to Europe or Asia to investigate museums, artifacts and ancient buildings and still others are heading off to explore America.

I chose to explore America scheduling a week of house boating on Lake Powell. It was an amazing and spectacular experience. Lake Powell straddles the Arizona-Utah border and was created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. The dam was completed in 1963 but it was not until 1980 that Lake Powell was finally filled with water.

We all know the mighty Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon. In the 1930’s the Hoover dam, an engineering marvel in its day and still “dam” impressive in 2014, was built corralling the Colorado River south of the Grand Canyon creating Lake Mead. The Glen Canyon Dam controls the Colorado River north of the Grand Canyon. The rock type and scenery at Lake Powell is very similar to the Grand Canyon. In one word — magnificent.

Arriving to pick up the houseboat, people at the marina were abuzz. Apparently, 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family had just departed on their rented houseboat for a Lake Powell experience. But despite spending a week on the lake, I never saw her. I guess you can get a lot of anonymity on a lake with a shoreline of 1,960 miles, which is greater than the entire West Coast of the United States.

The area around Lake Powell is characterized by prominent pedestal rock structures soaring towards the sky, deep winding canyons, a total of 96, which extend quite a distance from the main lake, natural bridges, caves and arches that have been carved over the centuries by the river and wind. All of this is wrapped around the shimmering blue lake water with a high desert climate. The colors of red and beige rocks are especially spectacular at sunrise and sunset.

Activates abound including hiking, all types of water sports, fishing, exploring and just communing with this extraordinary creation of God. The highlight of a trip to Lake Powell is a mile and a half hike to Rainbow bridge. Rainbow Bridge is one of the longest known natural bridges. The neighboring American Indians consider it sacred and it is rated as one of the seven wonders of the world.

But, for me, the best part of Lake Powell is the lack of contact with the outside world. The only way to communicate reliably is by VHF radio. Cell service is almost non-existent, although occasionally an email might pop up. It was difficult for me to put my Type A personality aside but after a day or two I realized my second favorite phrase had become “I’m incommunicado.” But don’t worry my favorite phrase is still “Republican victory.”

So if you too can put your Type A personality aside, I’d recommend heading to Lake Powell for an amazing experience.

I still look forward to the last three weeks of summer in town where the roads won’t be clogged, parking will be available on Greenwich Avenue and our town provides a plethora of summer activities.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

 

Ed Dadakis is a former chairman of the Republican Town Committee and has spent more than 30 years serving on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). He may be reached at [email protected]

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