We are now at Lone Rock Beach on Lake Powell just outside of Page, AZ. We stayed here for a few days last April and parked right on the beach. This time we decided to stay up in the big gravel parking lot above the beach, since there were only three other RVs here and we were afraid the beach would be way too crazy over the weekend. For $10/night there is a dump and water, not always easy to find in southern Utah, and we have a commanding view of the lake. We met up again with Debbie, who has been here for a few days at an RV park in Page.
Yesterday afternoon we did a couple short hikes we missed last year. The first one took us to a view of Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River takes a big turn.
Next we went to an overlook for the Glen Canyon Dam.
And now for the lucky part. As I was researching the area, I realized we were very close to The Wave, a world famous slot canyon. BLM manages the wilderness area, and only allows 20 people a day to hike the canyon. 10 of the permits are given out through an on-line lottery months in advance, and the other 10 permits are issued the day before at the BLM Paria field office 20 miles west of here, in another lottery. We arrived there this morning shortly after 8:30, I filled out an application for Jim, Debbie and myself, and we were given #18. There were 34 groups and 70 some people vying for the 10 slots. At 9am sharp they drew the numbers, and lo and behold #18 was the first one picked! So tomorrow we will be hiking the three mile Coyote Buttes trail to the Wave. I’m sure we’ll have lots of photos!