Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Page, AZ

Short travel days are wonderful! With a mere 75 miles from Kanab to our RV park in Page, AZ we were able to get laundry done and relax a bit before we hit the road, and we still got to Page about noon, leaving a good chunk of the day to get some needed shopping done.

Page calls itself the "Hub of the Grand Circle". It is smack dab in the middle of an area that includes the Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Arches National Monument, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef and even more!

Personally, we would not want to drive the distances required to make this place our hub for visiting most of those sites. We try to keep our driving distance for day trips from any RV park well within 50 miles, then just move on to the next stop over.

Besides visiting Glen Canyon Dam, we've taken in a number of other beautiful sites. Here's a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. Also a recipe at the bottom of the post...

We hiked Bucktank Draw to Birthday Arch. The directions were slightly inaccurate, as we did not spy the arch until over 2 miles in, then you must head West at least a quarter mile cross country. The entire hike is through rather sandy terrain (the "draw" is actually a wash) and you are exposed for most of the hike so this would be pretty uncomfortable on a very hot day. Bring plenty of water as this is very dry country and you can get really parched!

First sight of the arch high on the cliff, we were actually quite a bit farther away from the arch than this pic suggests.
This is the terrain we scrambled over just below the arch wall.

Birthday Arch! 
We're in hoodoo land!

We decided to bushwack it back to the truck,
staying above the draw/wash so we could check out the cool rock formations.
We stopped by the lake at Lone Rock for lunch and got a sexy truck pic right on the beach! This fee area allows dispersed camping right on the waters edge.

Our awesome truck and my wonderful hubby at Lone Rock beach, Lake Powell.

We took a short hike to the lovely Hanging Garden:

A hidden oasis in a little alcove, only possible due to seepage from the sandstone.

It's a wall of maidenhair fern...

The Rimview Trail encircles the mesa that Page, AZ sits upon; affording beautiful views into Lake Powelll and the distant rock formations. It is about 11 miles of excellent single track for walking or mountain biking...though there are some spots where the trail would be pretty hairy on a bike.

Hiking the Rimview Trail in Page, AZ

And of course we couldn't visit Page without seeing the iconic Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River.

Horseshoe Bend

I am intrigued by how flat the land surrounding the river is...and then WOW, it drops into a chasm!

We've also met fellow Montana owners Dennis and Sheryl who are from Montana at our RV park.

That's it for us in Page this time around. We're heading South to Camp Verde for a few days.

Last but not least here's a recipe we enjoyed this week. This is my version of Chana Masala, an Indian spicy chickpea and spinach dish. This version is vegan and serves four good sized portions over rice. You can tell we are continuing our healthy eating on the road (not always vegan though, we eat just about anything)! Enjoy!

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