Previous blog posts: Zion National Park
After a spectacular but short stay in Zion National Park, we continued out of the park the second morning of our trip but did the Canyon Overlook Trail hike like I mentioned in my previous blog post. We then traveled 117 miles east toward Page, Arizona - which was our next destination to stay for a night. We had a kayak rental reserved to kayak on Lake Powell in Page at noon. This was easily our next highlight of our already epic trip! Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir off the Colorado River and the closest source that begins to carve out the Grand Canyon several miles away. This beautiful oasis of water out in the middle of dry desert land is easily a major playground for people in the surrounding Page area. As I said, the 5 hour long kayak trip became a highlight of our trip as we were able to paddle to several unbelievable locations such as Lone Rock, a slot canyon, and a jumping-off rock. I wasn't crazy enough to bring my SLR camera with me on that trip, so I didn't get any pictures. But I have plenty of GoPro footage that I plan to use for a trip video. Or you can check out the pictures the kayak guide got of us on their Flickr site (scroll to the bottom of the link to see our trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/hiddencanyonkayak/sets/72157645041533337/
I will post pictures of Lake Powell on my Seth Berry Photography Facebook page if you're interested in seeing them. But, the main photography highlight from our day in Page, AZ was definitely sunset. Only two days into our adventurous packed trip, sunset #2 easily won my #1 on my trip favorites! Welcome to Horseshoe Bend, AZ!
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Little do you know that only 5 miles outside of Page, Arizona on US Route 89 lies one of the most amazing scenes foreshadowing the Grand Canyon! This site which is accessible by pulling off the side of the road and hiking about a mile on sand dunes is surprisingly not an official park, so it is often passed by travelers with great regret. After the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell, the Colorado River continues to wind it's way toward the Grand Canyon. In doing so, it has created a magnificent gorge with canyon walls high above the river down below. The Colorado dramatically turns in a horseshoe fashion creating what we know as Horseshoe Bend. Viewing Horseshoe Bend will leave you in complete awe and shock as you see the unusual beauty and the terrifying depth of the shear drop off from the edge above. But the view is completely worth it and even more worth it during a sunset.
On our particular trip, we started out of the car hiking toward Horseshoe Bend around 6:30. The so called "monsoon season" that the area was beginning to experience thankfully brought us some amazing clouds in the sky! It also brought us forceful brisk winds. So hiking on the sand dunes toward Horseshoe Bend was actually painful as we were constantly getting stung on our arms and face by blowing sand. As you see in my first series of shots, as you're walking its hard to believe there is a 1000 foot drop off around the horizon. You can also see the sand storms off in the distance.
Unbelievably as you approach Horseshoe Bend you notice the shear drop off, but only as you get closer to the edge will you see the beautiful green Colorado River way down below. Its a remarkable site to see. It didn't take me long to claim my spot on the edge and set up my tripod to prepare for the sunset. I say this because evening brings multiple dozens of photographers and even more viewers trying to get the perfect shot at the perfect location. It was nice to be able to find my spot and sit there for the next several hours as I just took in the amazing view I had before me. Its funny, actually back in February my roommates and I built a puzzle when we were snowed in our apartment and the puzzle was an unrealistic view of Horseshoe Bend. Little did I know that I would be sitting in the exact location see just how real it really is!
It's my pleasure to share with you some of my favorite pictures of my trip - Horseshoe Bend! But remember, God designed this...I just had the opportunity to capture it!
Approaching Horseshoe Bend
To show you a little perspective of exactly how big this place is, when you zoom in there are about 10 paddle boats along the shore with dozens of people getting ready to camp! Now that's pretty awesome!
Stay tuned as my next blog post will showcase some of the most unique and abstract photos I have ever taken! I can't wait to tell you about where we went!
Until then, God Bless!