For my summer vacation this year, I met up with my family in Lake Powell, located on the Arizona - Utah border. These photos were taken around Page, AZ at Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and at a scenic overlook near Lake Powell. I visited the museum in Page and learned a lot about John Wesley Powell, the explorer and geologist that Lake Powell is ironically named after.
Powell's expedition was the last great exploration in America and the first to chart the Green River. He started his journey on a small boat in Green River, Wyoming and ended his trip at the Grand Canyon. Powell's main goal of the expedition was to prove his geological theories which later gave him the title of the Father of American Geology. What's unique about the Colorado Plateau is that it's walls reveal the secrets of the earth's surface--of how it formed and changed over millions of years. But now, much of Powell's discoveries are now under water...at the bottom of Lake Powell.
"The landscape everywhere, away from the river, is of rock, cliffs of rock, tables of rock, plateaus of rock, terraces of rock, crags of rock, ten thousand strangely carved forms...cathedral shaped buttes, towering hundreds or thousands of feet, cliffs that cannot be scaled, and canyon walls that shrink the river into insignificance, with vast hollow domes and tall pinnacles and shafts set on the verge overhead; and all highly colored." - John Wesley Powell