Our journey continues with anticipation, curiosity, wonder, possibility, and joy!
We left Monument Valley and drove the 110 miles to Lake Powell Resort near the border of Arizona and Utah. Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River and it is the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. created when part of Glen Canyon was flooded. We spent some time at the visitor center and acquainted ourselves with local history. My oldest son was really impressed with how the reservoir was created and enjoyed reading about the process and early pioneers. Learning is so much more fun when you actually get to see and experience what you are reading about!
We spent 2 days in the area, and while we made time to explore and take a couple of tours, we also took time to regroup and relax. The boys took advantage of the pool and we just chilled whenever we could. We had been on the road for 12 days, and each of those days was filled with nonstop activities, hiking or exploring. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it felt great to take it easy for a couple of days. While at the pool we ran into a family that had seen us at Monument Valley. They were on an epic 3-month road trip across the U.S., and it so happens they were from South Florida too! Because so many like us were exploring the Grand Circle, it was not uncommon to recognize families that we had encountered at previous destinations.
Our room had a great view of Lake Powell and a little courtyard. We had daily visits from cute bunny rabbits that enjoyed taking naps outside our door. And I was lucky enough to see a real ROAD RUNNER!!!! and no, they look nothing like the cartoon. I was up early to catch the sunrise and when I headed back to the room, I sat on the terrace with a cup of coffee. I see a strange looking bird run by. If I hadn’t glanced up at that exact moment I would have missed him completely. I ran after him with only my cell phone in hand. As much as I wanted to wake my husband and get my DSLR, I couldn’t or I would have lost him. So I watched this funny little bird for a few minutes before he took off across the grounds. So cool!