Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lake Powell and Petrified Forest National Park

Ok, I know I said no more pictures of lakes, but Powell is the exception that proves the rule. House boats are everywhere here and you can see why, with the blue water and red hills/cliffs all around. I’ve also shown a picture of the dam which is over 700 feet high and the Colorado River downstream from the dam.

I hiked the lake rim trail as well as a trail to horseshoe bend in the Colorado river about 3 miles down from the dam.

Then, it was off to the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona. I arrived just barely in time to get a backcountry permit, which allowed me to hike into the Painted Desert. I’ve included a picture of a rainbow I saw on the hike as well as the sunset over the Painted Desert. Also, check out my campsite on a plateau alongside a dry wash and the Onyx Bridge (actually a petrified tree creating a bridge of sorts) as well as petrified wood and petroglyphs from around 11-1200AD.

Finally, a view of the Painted Desert and a Puebla, again from around 11-1200 AD.

All in all, several good days. Great scenery and great weather. Highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Now that is weather a Texas boy can appreciate.


Ryan J. Mattox said...

Hey man, Nicole and I have really enjoyed checking this blog daily! You've taken some amazing photos and it looks like you are having an amazing time!! I hope the good weather keeps up for some time and that you keep exploring this beautiful land. Who needs 2000 year old buildings and statues when you can see God's handiwork that are many, many more millenia older....and far more impressive in my humble opinion.

Please continue to keep us posted and enjoy the adventure!!

nemattox said...

I'm glad the weather is better there than up further north; I know that makes everything a lot more pleasant! -Nicole

Earl said...


I also have enjoyed your trip. Seeing the country through another's eyes and thoughts is sometimes more revealing than first hand.


jonathanmmoreland said...

wow, these pictures are really incredible!