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Boat Friday

Our Navajo guide, Jason, said when he was a boy he and his friends would picnic up on top of these cliffs and jump into the water to cool off on a hot summer day.  The water level was much higher at that time.    He referred to the Desert Varnish here as "The Tapestry".  Lovely, I think.  

 

Upon completion of Glen Canyon Dam on September 13, 1963, the Colorado River began to back up. The newly flooded Glen Canyon formed Lake Powell. It took 11 years for the lake to fill to the 3,700 feet (1,100 m) level, on June 22, 1980. The lake level fluctuates considerably depending on the seasonal snow runoff from the Rocky Mountains. The all-time highest water level was reached on July 14, 1983, during one of the heaviest Colorado River floods in recorded history, in part influenced by a strong El Nino event. The lake rose to 3,708.34 feet (1,130.30 m) above sea level, with a water content of 25,757,086 acre feet (31.770898 km3).

 

~From Wikipedia

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 101b.jpg

 

Boat Friday

Our Navajo guide, Jason, said when he was a boy he and his friends would picnic up on top of these cliffs and jump into the water to cool off on a hot summer day.  The water level was much higher at that time.    He referred to the Desert Varnish here as "The Tapestry".  Lovely, I think.  

 

Upon completion of Glen Canyon Dam on September 13, 1963, the Colorado River began to back up. The newly flooded Glen Canyon formed Lake Powell. It took 11 years for the lake to fill to the 3,700 feet (1,100 m) level, on June 22, 1980. The lake level fluctuates considerably depending on the seasonal snow runoff from the Rocky Mountains. The all-time highest water level was reached on July 14, 1983, during one of the heaviest Colorado River floods in recorded history, in part influenced by a strong El Nino event. The lake rose to 3,708.34 feet (1,130.30 m) above sea level, with a water content of 25,757,086 acre feet (31.770898 km3).

 

~From Wikipedia

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 101b.jpg

 

comments (20)

  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 26 Jan 2018, 03:42
oh, wow, what a perspective on the vastness !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Sherri!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Jan 2018, 04:28
What a journey and adventure here. Love the pictures, it does not get better than that!
A lake 3708 feet above sea level...mindblowing for a 'Dutchy' 26% of Hollandshire is below sea level....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it incredible to imagine. Thanks so much, Astrid!
You could fit most of the highest points in England below that water level! smile
It really is astounding, Elizabeth...and you get to see it all up close and personal. Lucky you.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ginnie! We are lucky, indeed!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Jan 2018, 05:32
Les bateaux sont vraiment minuscules à  côté des falaises.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Gives some perspective, doesn't it! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2018, 06:15
I was surprised to read how the Lake took so long to fill up
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a big area, I guess.
Très interessantes toutes ces explications ..quel spectacle encore !Merci
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2018, 06:35
This must be very deep water
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I can't imagine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jan 2018, 06:53
Now the kayak looks a like a fun way to see the nooks and crannies in the canyon. Not to o any places to haul out, though?Love the colours and the sparkle on the water.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It would be great! You're right - the haul out places are going to be far up river... or the marina. Thank you, Alan!
That is a lot of water and that canoe really gives a sense of the size of this place.

Here is a useless fact for you

There is more fresh water in Loch Ness than there is in all the lakes in England and Wales combined
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You are certainly right on that note...

Useless, but really interesting!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Jan 2018, 08:32
That must have been fun Elizabeth, leaping into the water.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I imagine so!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jan 2018, 08:43
What a story of Jason - and what for wonderful images!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Philine!
I have noticed and admired the varnish in the previous shots. Kayaking would be delightful here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Mary - it is beautiful isn't it!
Wouldn't it though?
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 26 Jan 2018, 14:55
An excellent sense of scale created here as the cliff walls tower over the kayakers!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steven!
That sounds like a mighty large lake and very deep.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed, it is!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2018, 15:44
A tapestry designed by time and nature - fantastic!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Really beautiful, isn't it?! Thank you, Anne!
I wonder if they realise what has been lost?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do, too...
I wonder if they realise what has been lost?
Impressive, I have now seen the Grand Canyon in some documentaries and in films, as well as some quick past with Goggle, your images widen my views
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Claudio. It's impossible to describe. This is not quite the Grand Canyon... It's up river on the Colorado, before it feeds into the Grand Canyon. I do have a lot of photos of it though, we live close by...
http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/image/2017/11/20/and-a-river-runs-through-it/
http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/image/2017/12/01/point-imperial-perfection/
http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/image/2017/02/13/splendor-in-the-canyon/
what a great Boat Friday Elizabeth... thanks for all the information about the Glen Canyon Dam....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Peter! And you're welcome!
Sparkling waters...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Lovely, aren't they!

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