Prattle & Jaw

Two blogs about a whole lot of nothing

Flagstaff to Page via not much

Today was a good day. I’m feeling a bit better, and I had a really good afternoon. Let me tell you all about it, I know you can't wait. 

I ended up getting up quite late, well, relatively late, and went for breakfast at the fantastic La Bellavia. They’re known for their eggs benedict, so I finally decided to try them. They were good, but a pint of Hollandaise is just a little too much in the morning – even for me. Anywho, I ate them all (and a pancake), and hit the road. Under a clear blue sky I went straight up US-89 towards Page, only stopping once to say hello to some lovely old Navajo women selling jewellery, and to stretch my legs.

I was too early to check in, so I had some lunch then went to Glen Dam for a visit.

Lots and lots of concrete

Lots and lots of concrete

I had hoped to do the full tour, going deep down into the dam, but because it’s me, the lift down was closed for repairs. I could, however, go on to the dam and walk around a bit. That was fun.  

It’s all really big. Here’s one of the turbines. Old people for scale

It’s all really big. Here’s one of the turbines. Old people for scale

After a walk around, I moved on to Lake Powell for a walk, a swim and a lie down. I love it here. It’s so peaceful. 

Shade!

Shade!

I won a prize (in my head) for finding a spot with shallow water and shade. I win.  As boats occasionally go past, forcing rolling waves up the rock, I think how much Melvin would like it here. I can’t wait to bring him.

I sit, I wander, I swim and I stare out across the water for a couple of hours then make my way back to the motel where I check in successfully. After a trip to Sainsbury's for food and bits and bobs, I sit outside and do internet things for a 30 minutes.

I like Page, always have. The whole town was built to accommodate the men who built the dam. It just sort of appeared. There’s a whole street of motels that used to be the workers’ houses. I’ve stayed in a couple of different ones and they’re lovely. Worn, but lovely. Unfortunately they were all booked up this trip, so I'm in a motel down the road. Anywho. The good thing about Page is it has the world’s best burger joint which I’ll visit tomorrow. Today, I fancied something simple for dinner, so I added some roast chicken and salad to my basket.

They're everywhere

They're everywhere

After stocking up, I hit the road and went to Horseshoe Bend to watch the sun set. So did everyone else, but it was beautiful. I think I’ll come back tomorrow too.

Pretty place

Pretty place

Actually quite hard to get a shot with no people in it

Actually quite hard to get a shot with no people in it

The masses

The masses

Back at the motel, I ate my simple dinner while I prepared for my hike tomorrow. I’m very excited. I’ll leave quite early to beat the heat, and so I can spend a few hours out there – all day if necessary.

Well there you go. A short but great day. I’m so pleased my cold is moving on. It’s not fair to be poorly on holiday.

Until tomorrow!

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