Settling in

DSC03841I’ve been in Utah for three weeks now. Most of my boxes are unpacked and I’m settling into my new house and area. It’s now time to get back to blogging and connecting with friends again. I love my new house, especially the views from the windows and deck. I’m falling in love with sitting outside in the evenings and watching the sunset. It’s spectacular and fills me with joy. The neighbors seems super nice. My kids are all together again in one place (at least until the end of the summer), and that is probably the best thing about moving states. I’m close to family again.

One of my new house guests is Bentley. He’s my married daughter’s English Retriever, and is a big sweetie. When they got him last year as a puppy, he was this size (just a baby polar bear). Continue reading

Lake Powell 4: Slots of Fun

121Sorry for neglecting posting.  I’ve been out of town and had very limited wi-fi (frustrating); but, I’m home and can now conclude my Lake Powell trip.  Lake Powell has so many facets to it, that I couldn’t possibly cover it all…but I have tried.  On the flight home, I actually saw part of Lake Powell from the air, and it was magnificent!

You have the houseboat part of Lake Powell, which is lethargic and lazy.  You anchor Continue reading

Lake Powell 3: Surfing the Waves

063Wow!  This Lake Powell Post is taking longer than I anticipated. After the harrowing weather heaved us into a cliff last time, the sun came out and life was calm and peaceful once more–perfect conditions for SURFING!

Our relatives had a cool surfing boat.  I’m not technical, so forgive me for my simplified description, but basically we’d stop and Craig would push a button and the boat would take on water Continue reading

Lake Powell 2–Stakes are Rising

108When I left off last time, we had just turned off the main channel and headed down a jiggy-jaggy canyon to start our Lake Powell adventure. This photo shows where our final destination.

Our good captain pulled in, turned off the motor, and the men went to work anchoring the boat.  They did this by taking huge stakes and pounding them into the ground to keep the boat from floating away.  Once they were in, Continue reading

Lake Powell: Start the Adventure

114Lake Powell is one of the most incredible lakes I’ve ever visited.  This man-made reservoir straddles the border between Utah and Arizona and has over 2,000 miles of shoreline.  That’s a lot of shoreline–more than the combined Pacific Coast states.  Yowzers!  When you’re here, if your kids fight, make them walk the perimeter of the lake for punishment.  I bet they’ll learn their lesson. Yuck, yuck,yuck.

This lake is the 2nd largest man-made lake in the U.S. behind Lake Mead in Nevada.  It was named in honor of a one-armed American Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, who led the 1st expedition down the Colorado River in 1869.  If you want to read a good book about it, read Down the Great Unknown by Edward Dolnick.  You won’t regret it.

We went with our relatives who have a timeshare on a houseboat. Continue reading