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Ga-lump, Ga-lump, Ga-lump… Click, Click, Click… Ga-lump Ga-lump, Ga-lump June 23, 2007

Posted by Kim in Camping, Cruising, My Trip Logs, Travel, Utah.
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Rainbow Bridge

When my cousin asked his neighbor whether or not she had ever visited The Rainbow Bridge near Lake Powell and if so, was the trip worthwhile, she answered; “All morning to get there; Ga-lump, Ga-lump, Ga-lump… Take a few pictures; Click, Click, Click… Then all afternoon going home; Ga-lump Ga-lump, Ga-lump. 80 some miles of fighting the waves and dodging boats.” Well… it was something we had to try.

 

Earlier this week, we loaded up the Air Stream, the 15 foot Boston Whaler and hooked them up to 2 cars and headed for Page, Arizona, Lake Powell and the worlds tallest and longest natural bridge… The Rainbow Bridge. The only practical access to this National Monument is by boat on Lake Powell. The current closest launch ramp is at Antelope Point Marina a short distance from Page, AZ some 150 miles east of St. George, UT. From the launch ramp it is approximately 40 miles to the bridge.

 

We spend the night at an RV park in Page and after breakfast Wednesday we launch the boat and head out on our quest. Shortly, it becomes apparent we will be sharing the lake with many, many other boaters. Although we had little wind the “seas” were choppy. All that excess boat traffic through the relatively narrow fingers of the lake make for very unusual, haphazard wave patterns. Our little Whaler was jumping all over the place (Ga-lump, Ga-lump, etc.) We have a portable GPS with us so finding the narrow Forbidding Canyon leading to the bridge was no problem and several hours after launch, we approach the courtesy dock about a mile and a half hike from Rainbow Bridge. We are not alone as the dock is crowded with boats. We have probably the smallest boat there so it isn’t difficult squeezing in to the dock. We definitely won’t be alone in our trek to Rainbow Bridge. It is HOT, but we take our time and reach the bridge where we take a short timeout to catch our breath and enjoy the sights. The park service has a ranger on duty I guess to keep people from attempting to climb over the bridge. He tells us that until a few years ago, there was a registry book on top of the bridge for those climbing to the top to sign. The Native Indians have long considered this natural wonder to be a holy site and have expressed concerns about visitors approaching or walking under the bridge. Today the National Park Service asks that you visit this site in a manner respectful of its significance to the people who have long held Rainbow Bridge sacred. Yes… we did do a bit of “Clicking”… Additional photos of the trip can be found in my Picasa Album.

 

The return was pretty much a repeat of the trip out… We did stop at the remote “Dangling Rope Marina” some 10 miles from the bridge to sample some of its renowned soft-serve ice cream. The ranger we met at the bridge insisted it was a “must” thing to do. The only access to this marina is by boat but it is spacious and new and filled with people. In addition to the ice cream, they maintain a small supply store, ice house and fuel dock. The ice house was interesting… a semi-truck trailer on a barge (2 of them). There were a number of larger house boats docked stocking up. The ice cream was excellent. It was really more like frozen custard… much better than what you would get at most fast food outlets. We make one additional stop before returning to the boat ramp. We navigate up a small side canyon and find a small sandy spot where we anchor the boat and take a swim. The water was cool, but it felt really great on our hot, dusty bodies. By the time we leave our swimming hole, the sun is low and we have to head right into it for the remainder of the trip which thankfully isn’t that much farther. It was a long tiring day by the time we got beck to the RV park. We had traveled some 82 miles round trip in something over 5 and ½ hours of lots-a bouncin’ around. There would be no problems getting to sleep that night.

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1. Changing Woman -Anna McKinney - June 27, 2007

The Rainbow Bridge is indeed a sacred place to the Navajo or Dine’ Rainbows serve as messengers to the people and often their Gods rode on the rainbows when they came to help the Dine (people). Rainbow Bridge must have been an awesome sight to the Navajo as they visualized their main diety, Talking God riding it to earth. All the earth is sacred which is something many forget in their daily lives filled with technology and far from natural places. Take the time to walk with nature just as Kim and his cousins do. It can only make you feel better inside and walking is healthy too!


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