Lake Powell, Utah - My Family Travels

On July 9th through July 13th, I had the privilege to go to Lake Powell, Utah.  I have been to many lakes before, including the Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake, but none compare to the amazing scenery of Lake Powell.  The heart of Lake Powell is in Utah, but it stretches as far as Arizona and New Mexico.  The lake is surrounded by canyons which make it one of the prettiest places in the world.  I went to Lake Powell with my friend Kyle and his parents. 

We spent all of our time on a house boat with eleven other people that were good friends with Kyle’s parents.  These people were some of the nicest and most interesting people I have ever had the opportunity to meet.  Half of the people were from Colorado and the other half were from Pennsylvania and each person came with a story that was worth telling.  One man named Mike claimed that he encountered an alien on a hike and he also told us about his skydiving experience.  Another man named Jim Tange told us a story about his backpacking experience throughout Europe and all of the wonderful places and we were constantly woken up by him at about 6:30 every morning.  During the trip, we constantly spent our time either hiking, climbing, tubing, wake boarding, cave exploring, cliff jumping, etc.  It was the most fun I have ever had. 

Growing up in St. Louis makes it kind of hard to do these kinds of things frequently, so being able to do them in Lake Powell was pretty remarkable.  My friend Kyle and I had the experience of jumping off a 60 foot cliff into the lake.  It was one of the scariest things we have ever done but it was well worth it.  One day we all decided to go for a hike.  We arrived at this mountain that looked pretty interesting.  This hike was more like a climb.  It was about a mile long hike, and when we got to the top, there was this interesting poster that told us a little history lesson about the hike we just did.  The poster said that 300 Mormons climbed down this mountain with wagons more than 200 years ago.  Reading this historical fact made the climb feel a little less self-accomplishing.  At the end of the trip, we all gathered around in a circle on the house boat and said what our favorite thing about the trip was.  One of the women on our house boat had such a great experience that she broke out in tears when she was telling us her favorite part of the trip.  Sitting in a circle with these wonderful people and hearing their stories was a life changing experience for me.  It was tough saying bye to these people at the end of the trip, but I will do everything to make sure I stay in contact with them.    

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