Trail Pictures

Tracy packing up

Starting out

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Tracy @ Lake Powell

Tracy @ Lake Powell

Tracy @ Lake Powell

Forgotten Canyon

Forgotten Canyon

Forgotten Canyon

Tracy @ Bullfrog

Tracy @ Bullfrog

The moon and Venus

The moon and Venus

The moon and Venus

Kayaking Lake Powell

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Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, Tracy and I went to Lake Powell.  We rented kayaks from

REI, and started from Bullfrog (Google Map).    We had started from Bullfrog before, but we

went down lake on that trip, so this time we went up lake.  We paddled a little up Moqui Canyon

the first day, and then camped across the lake from Moqui.  The next day we packed up and

went further up river to Forgotten Canyon.  We didn't find ruins that are in Forgotten, but it was

still really pretty.  We then paddled back and camped on the opposite side of the lake from the

night before.  The next day we hiked up above the lake on the slickrock, and found lots and

lots of great slickrock north of Moqui Canyon that I had wanted to check out since we flew over

it.  There is a lot more slickrock out there that I would love to hike more.  I think the best way to

get there is by hiking across Moqui Canyon, or even boating to where we started...it's just that

boating is more expensive...but probably much faster than hiking Moqui if you have a power

boat.

We then started back across the lake, but the wind seriously picked up.  We had heard this on

the weather report, but we had hoped we wouldn't have any problems.  But getting across the

lake was tough, and it was really funneling through the canyon past Moqui.  So we stopped at

our campsite from the first night, and battened down the hatches...the wind was really howling.

I hiked up above the canyon, and got some great views over the slickrock on the opposite side

of the lake.  Eventually, the wind died down enough that I thought we could handle it, and I

thought we had just enough daylight to make it back.  So we headed back out and fought the

wind back to Bullfrog.  It wasn't too bad, but we definitely hugged the shore and cliffs more

than we usually would.  It was a pretty good headwind as we turned toward Bullfrog, but we

made it without any problems.

As always, this is a great, great trip.  This is a great time to go because the lake is deserted.  I

do want to see more of the lake, though, and I think on the next trip we're going to rent a

power boat.