Return to the Planet of the Apes (Apr 24 2014)

LoneRock2.JPGThe critters were back! They are stowaways from the night in the Kaibab Forest! Unwanted hitchhikers! Or maybe they are new intruders. I rattled around the cabinets last night, hoping to scare them away but I guess I was unsuccessful. Note to self: get more snap top plastic storage bins.

LakePowell6JPGThere’s a shower at the store/office but it’s a pay shower and somehow the fact that the $26 camp fee doesn’t include the shower pisses me off (even though they never did send anyone to collect our money) so we split.

LoneRock1.JPGLone Rock is a few miles up the road and into Utah. Time change, again! The campground charges for camping but it’s a boondocky place without any designated sites. You can drive right up to the edge of the water and park/camp if you want, although you’d need a good 4X4 for that.

There are port-a-potties on shore with micro-flush systems, and up closer to the entrance, an outdoor shower and indoor toilet facilities with running water.

LoneRock5.JPGLoneRock6.JPGWe find a spot on a bluff that’s pretty level. It’s not at all crowded and there aren’t many noise makers on the water either. Most of the campers here seem happy to just chill, and as we help one lady get her car unstuck from the sand, we learn from another camper that the best thing to use is the rug in your car. Slip it in under the spinning tire for traction. If we’d only known that in Death Valley!

LoneRock7.JPGThe scenery here is discomfortingly familiar. Where did I see it? It takes forever to remember that it’s probably the location for the opening scenes of the original Planet of the Apes, where the space capsule crashes down into the water.

And we hairless apes will take the kayak out for her maiden voyage! The lake has a zebra mussel and quagga mussel problem so you can’t put the kayak back into another body of water without a good cleaning and drying but we figure it will be a while before we get another chance to kayak.

LoneRock11.JPGLoneRock18.JPGBig Dog had researched kayaks for months and finally decided on the Innova Swing, an inflatable kayak that weighs only 26 pounds or so. It goes together quickly and we’re able to carry it to the water very easily. Oars seem a bit short but once you get the hang of it, everything seems to maneuver well. It’s a great way to explore this part of the Lake, although to really get the most out of today’s Glen Canyon, you need something motorized since many of the sights are only accessible by boat. Big Dog thinks a house boat shared with friends would be fun.

LoneRock19.JPGThe water is a strange blue-green that pops out against the white of the rocks. The quiet serenity is broken by a couple of big boats going by but otherwise we are all alone out here by a Lone Rock.



Author: ontheroadwithsprockets

I've been traveling since I was born -- the first big trip was before I was two, across the Pacific, from my native Japan to Los Angeles on a cargo ship. There have been many journeys since then, through many continents and cultures.

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