Saturday, May 16, 2009

From Lake Powell,AZ to The Bryce Canyon,UT

On October 15, 1956, the first blast occurred and the construction of Glen Canyon Dam was officially Glen Canyon Dam on July 4th underway. Before that date, the site was virtually inaccessible and construction crews were forced to drive 200 miles to cross from one side of the Glen Canyon to the other.


Glen Canyon Bridge
was actually constructed in California, disassembled and half of the bridge was transported to each side of the canyon. By 1959, Glen Canyon Bridge was completed permitting trucks to deliver equipment and materials for the dam and the new town of Page, Arizona.


View down into deep green water coming out of the dam


The sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell
are magnificently framed by towering rock formations and soaring red cliffs which surround the area for as far as the eye can see. There is truly nothing like it anywhere on the planet. Each year millions of visitors, most from outside the United States, flock to the area to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and numerous water activities including boating, water skiing, scuba diving and fishing.


The marina at Lake Powell in Page AZ


Interesting rock formations in the Lake Powell, Utah


"The Lonely Rock" in Lake Powell, UT


We went to the Bryce Canyon National Park - another majestic view of a Canyon!

Bryce Canyon
is a small national park in southwestern Utah. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1924.

Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." Tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name, these whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.



Hi my friends,

it was a beautiful day today with a lot of excitements, pretty sights and majestic landscapes! We've visited the Bryce Canyon, another beautiful Canyon and so totally different to the Grand Canyon! We are now somewhere in Utah on an almost deserted campground and heading tomorrow towards Salt Lake City.

I'll show you tomorrow more of the photos I made of the Bryce Canyon - it was breathtaking again!I wish I would have better words than just "beautiful" :)

Stay with me :)
Susanne and David

P.S. as always:
click in the photos to see them bigger...
and thanks for all the comments and compliments to my last post!

7 comments:

tricia said...

Okay, if not beautiful-- how about stunning-- gorgeous-- incredible. They all apply to your photos. :)

RennyBA said...

What fascinating landscape and interesting constructions.

DianeCA said...

Lake Powell looks amazing, and that bridge...hmmmm not sure I'd want to cross it but it looks like a fantastic trip!

Gran said...

It's so beautiful, must be amazing to actually be there.

Double "D" said...

Susanne,

Your photo's are wonderful as usual.
My wife and I were there in 2007. The dam, Brice canyon, Page AZ. Your photo at the dam towards the lake is encouraging to me. When we were there the lake level was lower. Did you look straight down from the visitors center? The half circle on top of the dam is actually grass. When we were there a guy on a riding lawn mower was doing his thing. I envy you for being there and looking at all the wonders. The hoodoos, aren't they a sight to see. I love your photo's as they journal your trip.
Take care my friend and safe travels.

GoGreen said...

You are a gift to us all. Thank you for sharing the world through your eyes Suzanne. May the blessings abundantly flow in your life...
CSea Perkins

Anna said...

Susanne you are so right, this place is very majestic, all your photos are splendid, btw thanks for useful information, especially about the bridge. Very nice park to visit, hopefully one day I will be back, as I only had 2 hours with Grand Canyon in 2003. Thanks for sharing again, Anna :)

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