Day nine was cold and cloudy but this was the day we were scheduled to take a tour boat over 40 miles up what had once been Glen Canyon to view Rainbow Bridge, the largest known natural bridge.
I can still remember the controversy in the 60's over the flooding of the canyon to form Lake Powell. Proponents of the project said it would make it easier for people to see Rainbow Bridge. David Brower of the Sierra Club responded, “Should we also flood the Sistine Chapel so tourists can get nearer the ceiling?”
Since it follows the line of the canyon, the lake is relatively narrow with many arms. It is down one of these arms that the boat took us to access the bridge.
A short hike from the dock took us to the bridge
There it was! Enlarge this shot and you can see not only the ranger in the foreground but some tourists at the base of the left leg of the bridge. It is huge. I can't describe the feeling of being in the presence of such an example of nature's grandeur. I didn't want to leave. But it was a long hike or swim if the boat left without me so I hiked back to the dock with the others.
On the ride back the skies started to clear and the wind came up. As we had on the way out, Hubby and I braved the cold and stayed on the upper deck to better see the scenery.
You can find more watery sites at Watery Wednesday, hosted for us by 2sweetnsaxy.