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Powell photos from last week (many photos in fact)

 
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Powell photos from last week (many photos in fact) Reply with quote

We towed from Norcal and learned a few things:

It gets hot (112) in Baker. That can make pulling up the grade towards Vegas interesting for some folks.

The Indian Smoke shop between Vegas and Mesquite has some incredible fireworks for sale. Not that we would have bought any because they're illegal at Powell. That's too bad because the sky morter things would have looked great against the canyon walls.

The Casablanca in Mesquite has good, secure parking but they are not pet-friendly. Special thanks to their craps table that coughed up $370 in 30 minutes. I just wish I could have stayed up longer.

If one of the families has a trailer with four year old Carlisle tires, have them replace them before leaving, rather than in Mesquite, after two have blown.

ON the way back we found that the Marriott Residence Inn in Vegas is pet friendly with very secure parking but no craps tables. However, special thanks to the Wynn which is right next store for the $300 in 20 minutes. Once again, I was too tired to stay up and lose it.

We rented from Forever Resorts out of Antelope Point. 70' of practically brand new houseboat.



After much scouting in my boat, we headed up to the end of Dry Rock Creek and claimed our spot.











We had one set of neighbors around the bend and that was it. We spent our time in Dry Rock Creek and the nearby fingers. Fantastic water and very little boat traffic. No main channel rollers.

We were able to get many kids up over the week.

First time. What a crappy wake on that X Star. It's practically flat.



Oh, there's the wake.



Second time.



Bad water, crappy scenery.











Every now and then we would ruin the butter for all of the other boats...



Side trips to Cathedral Canyon and Rainbow Bridge:











Some of the locals are really homely.



Our last morning, with an early pull out for the houseboat, meant...5:15 start.

Early water.



20 minutes later.



(disclaimer: the following pics were taken while I was also driving)







The long tow back.



There's a reason why you run a stern watch...it took these guys five minutes to figure out that they had lost two boats, even with us sounding the big ole air horn on the houseboat and trying to flag down passing boats to relay a message (not a single boat stopped to help). By the time they got to their boats they were bobbing and banging.



Special shoutout to the guy with the micro package on the "Southern Knights":

That shaved thing made the kids laugh but it kind of detracted from the natural beauty of the lake. Please, at least buy a speedo next time.



On our way back I detached and pulled some kids in the rollers so they could appreciate the butter that we had been in all week.



Then we stopped in Vegas for a few nights to recover before heading home. It was a great trip.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is soooo sick! I bet these pictures don't even do the background justice. Looks like you had a good time and thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I can't believe how great those pics are. Good job, and it looks like it was a tonne of fun.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics justsomeguy! Looks like alot of fun.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were on #401 out of Antelope Point the last week of June...Same model housebat you were on. We learned a lot also -- our first trip.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

man going threw that little inlet thing looked like one tight fit.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do most people do for speedboats when they don't live within decent driving distance of lake powell? Is it possible and financially reasonable to rent 'wakeboarding' boats near powell?
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures. I am so gonna go there when i get a wakeboat, money and live close to there. Looks amazing.

Where was the last picture taken? From the tower, or the houseboat?

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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2005 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that place looks sick exept the shaved
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for sharing. was that rainbow bridge? If so I was there about 15 years ago. I think it's where they filmed Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Looks like a hullava good time.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What camera did you use to take the pics? Looks to me like the owrd of a 20D...
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And yet another californian moves in on our local turf!! Love those rental boats, morons that cant drive a houseboat mashing into everyone!!!j/k

Glad to see people enjoying lake powell, it was much nicer 10 years ago when we didnt have people for 1000 miles coming to visit!! used to get glass water until at least noon. now when i go i will only ride from 6-8 am or so because its a zoo after that. it doenst help that the water level has been so low that 1/2 the lake is unaccessible. Ill actually be out there next week!!

Hope you had a great trip, looks like you did.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey of you build it they will come.....

I love Powell its like fantasy land for me, well Powell and Moab. I wanna move to right between the two places.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completely awesome photos.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-the last picture was taken standing up next to the driver, under the bimini.

-the big arch is rainbow bridge.

-I was shooting with a D2x.

-we got glass all throughout the day usually. The problem wasn't other boats but light winds that popped up about 45 minutes after sunrise (thermals) and then dissipated during the middle of the day.




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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those pics are just plain gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing

I need to go to Powell one of these days

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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely stunning photos. I hope I get a chance some day to go there.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you had fun, those photos were awsome, always wanted to go to lake powell.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, just wow. Now I know that there's another part of the country I need to see. Beautiful scenery, but most importantly, great photography.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chipsevila, Ditto, great work man, I now have plans for my vacation!
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that is nice looking! I need to make my way out there sometime.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is defanently (SP) a future trip for me
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice pics. thanks for sharing,
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice pics, powell is awesome
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like an awsome time... I still need to make that pilgamage
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait to go, thanks for the pix. Cool
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