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Plan Lake Powell Family Vacation

Updated on March 5, 2011

Lake Powell - Vacation, Travel or Therapy - You Name It!

I shot this picture on a glorious August evening at Lake Powell. I did my best to keep my camera steady while photographing this beautiful sunset...  of which I shall never forget.
I shot this picture on a glorious August evening at Lake Powell. I did my best to keep my camera steady while photographing this beautiful sunset... of which I shall never forget.

Lake Powell for me, became a haven for spiritual healing...

I can hardly believe that nearly a year has gone by, since I was hit so hard - emotionally, that briefly - I wasn't so sure that I could get back up while still remaining even close to the person I had previously been...

I know. That sounds really tragic - doesn't it? It was. Let me just say, that I didn't go through a divorce, or a death, or an illness of myself or anyone else - a birth, financial crisis or a rebellious teenager, etc... It wasn't one of the typical experiences, that you would normally think - okay, that was really bad.

So now, I know what you must be thinking... You are thinking - "What in the heck could possibly be so disrupting to a person's life - other than the things already mentioned, that could rock someone's world so hard?

The Majesty of Lake Powell - A Family Vacation You Will Never Forget!

Everything changes continually on Lake Powell.  The position of the sun creates mood changes that will take your breath away...
Everything changes continually on Lake Powell. The position of the sun creates mood changes that will take your breath away...

Glorious Lake Powell In Full Sun And Ready For Anything!

Vacation On Lake Powell...

Everything you could possibly need to enjoy Lake Powell for your next family vacation, can be rented, leased or reserved through various online companies.

Whether you choose to experience Lake Powell by houseboat or camping and bring along a boat for exploring Lake Powell - you can get everything you need easily.

There are even condominiums available right along the water's edge - if that is your preference for accommodations. There are many motels and hotels within close proximity to Lake Powell, where you can easily spend your days on Lake Powell and your nights on solid ground.

Reservations for Lake Powell should be made well ahead, particularly if you are wanting to rent a houseboat. Reservations for houseboat rentals fill up fast.

Lake Powell For Spiritual Healing And Emotional Therapy...

Well, it is personal. The reason I bring it up, is because I wanted to share with you my state of mind when I discovered Lake Powell for the first time - and also how it basically came to pass that I did so...

I had never before realized just how therapeutic a vacation could actually be. But now, after my personal experience with going to Lake Powell for the first time, and experiencing the kind of inner healing that I desperately needed - now I know.

I think that most people when they think of places to travel or vacation, etc. and that would also be therapeutic or healing to the spirit -- they would most likely think of places in the Caribbean, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, France, etc... Certainly not a place of rock formations - amidst a great body of liquid!

I have traveled to some of those more exotic places, and never experienced what I experienced when I vacationed on Lake Powell. I remain confident, even now - that if I had gone to one of most any other of these type travel destinations, other than Lake Powell - I would not have experienced what I did on Lake Powell.

Lake Powell is purely awe inspiring, to say the least. If you have never been to Lake Powell - or are even remotely thinking about going on a trip and considering Lake Powell - just do it!

Because of Lake Powell's impact personally upon me, from a "healing" perspective - I wanted to share this amazing travel destination with you. Not in the typical way that you might research a place to visit, but more of the reason "why" you might want to consider adding Lake Powell as a place that you must see at some time in your life.

I really hope that you enjoy the pictures that I intensely took while on this trip to Lake Powell. As you can tell, this is more of a Lake Powell photo journal. Yes, that is what this is - because one really could not classify this Hub as a travel advertisement.

But - I do so hope that you get there.... sometime in your life!

Lake Powell - Stunningly Spectacular As The Sun Goes Down After A Long Day...

Lake Powell Vacations For Family Fun - Boating, Houseboats, Wake Boarding, Skiing, But So Much More...

I had known the popularity of Lake Powell for families who love to vacation together. Many of my friends have taken their families to Lake Powell yearly for their traditional vacation. Personally, I had never been on a houseboat,which is how I experienced Lake Powell. After doing so, I would highly recommend a houseboat for a complete experience of Lake Powell.

Many people camp at Lake Powell and love it. Boating is the "thing" to do on Lake Powell... for everyone! In fact, if you want to really see and experience Lake Powell to the fullest - you must have access to a boat that will allow many many day-trips to explore and see the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell.

About 20 years ago, I went to the Grand Canyon. Once you have seen the Grand Canyon - it is hard to imagine another wonder - as wonderful. But then - there was Lake Powell.

Lake Powell literally took my breath away as we set "sail" upon our houseboat for the next week - towing our "cool" boats behind...

Lake Powell Video Note:

Arizona Game and Fish Department have put together this very beautiful and very informative video. It is worth watching, as it gives an excellent overview of Lake Powell historically and recreationally...

Facts About Lake Powell - You Will Really Enjoy This Video Produced by the Game and Fish Department

Lake Powell - Explore Her Majestic Walls, Caverns And Rock Formations...

Experience Lake Powell For The First Time...

My trip to Lake Powell came about in sort of an odd way. My good friend who had supported me through my difficult blow and who had also experienced some similar trials - invited, actually my family to come along with them "this" year. Now, normally I am not the kind that would "separately" accept such an invitation - but this time I did.

The rest of my family were booked with other activities and responsibilities. Right then, for me - I figured, why not? I accepted the invitation and took on the roll of a "single" gal for this trip to Lake Powell -- with my great friend and her family. These are the best people on the planet, and for me during that time - it was an answer to prayer!

Because of the kind of people my friends are - they had invited others and so I was along for the "ride" with a variety of people - in all different types of personal circumstances. I actually felt that I fit in - even though really - I didn't.

I was not a single woman. I was not a young adult. I was not a divorcee. You get it, right? But out there, on Lake Powell - I was ONE with everyone and everything going on around me - and it was deeply healing.

Could it have been the company. Absolutely. That was a very important aspect of my total experience. But - it was Lake Powell!

Lake Powell - From A Different Perspective...

The Grandeur Of Lake Powell... Is Fine Art!

I wish I could explain it to you. I wish the pictures could do this exalted destination some justice... but they don't. You must experience Lake Powell personally to understand what I am trying to convey.

I had previously thought of Lake Powell as a hot, dry (I know it is a Lake) but dry temperature - the yucky dirty kind. I thought of it as a place that only people who "boat" and do water kinds of things, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing - that type of people - "did" Lake Powell.

I am not that kind of person. I like to float! I body surfed as a teenager and was "that" kind of person then. Now I am different. I don't need the thrill of speed necessarily. Although I do like to drive fast! I never thought of myself as the kind of person that would enjoy or even find a thing to do at Lake Powell.

Oh my gosh - was I wrong! Not about the fact that I am not your traditional water person, but that my thoughts that a place like Lake Powell - was not for me!

Lake Powell - You Must Experience Her Yourself!


Lake Powell - A Temple - A Cathedral - A Magnificent Creation Of Nature!

The moment we set off in our hotel on water - our houseboat - it wasn't very long before everything changed - dramatically!

I suddenly felt small, humble and embarrassingly emotional. As we gently traversed this powerful body of water - one suddenly noticed, that in every direction gazed upon - were glorious changing walls enveloping your entire being.

As we continued along this incredibly spectacular vision - the eyes were given a feast of magnificent beauty, which testified without opposition of any kind - to a Creator - who deeply loved, that which He Created! Thus, I was entranced by the beauty that engulfed me in every direction I looked.

I adore photography. I am a true amateur. I spent much of my time behind the lens of my camera, so that I could capture as much as possible - the grandeur of this place. I never wanted to forget this place... ever!

Video of Lake Powell - Note:

You must check this video out - aerial views of Lake Powell are able to give a really interesting perspective of this incredible feature of Nature! Then, imagine yourself set right down in the middle of this great wonder... GO!

Flight Over Lake Powell - Taken Via RC Plane - Cool!

Lake Powell Has A Lot Of Action Going On All The Time...

You Must Experience Lake Powell For Yourself - And Then You Too, Will Finally Understand...

I was beginning to feel whole again.

I found myself and my recent emotional pain - suddenly insignificant. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I have found that gratitude is the key to healing and wholeness.

This experience of Lake Powell completely took me off guard. It changed me. It healed me... and I was right. I would not return from my personal experience and "trauma" the same.

I would come out stronger, more resilient, wiser, deeper and more compassionate and passionate about my life and everything that I believe.

I came away from Lake Powell knowing, that I was just fine and I would continue to be just fine... It was and is, very personal.

Is there such a thing as "travel" therapy? For me, on Lake Powell - yes. But it wasn't and could not have been just any place. It was this haven of seclusion and complete reverence - which did it's miracle on me...

With all of the life that danced continually about us while we lived upon Lake Powell - there was also a solitude, of which I have only ever experienced on this planet - in very few other places - but never out in the open with such exalted beauty and majesty such as this - gift!

You must experience Lake Powell for yourself - someday... and then - you too will understand why those that have, are compelled to return again and again.

You must...

Write On!

Lake Powell - A Vacation Of A Lifetime!

Lake Powell Comments Welcome...

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    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      7 years ago from United States

      Wendi M,

      I'm SO excited that you and your husband are going to vacation on Lake Powell. I promise, you will not be disappointed. You will have an experience like no other and will cherish it for the rest of your life! Take tons of pics!

      I'd love to hear from you after you go. You can email me directly from Hubpages.

      Have a great time!

      Write On!

    • Wendi M profile image

      Wendi M 

      7 years ago from New Hampshire

      I have been trying to put together a unique vacation for my husband and myself for weeks now. He is not the type of person who likes to spend excessive amounts of money (even though he can afford it!)

      However, he was the one who suggested Lake Powell. I've been doing research, trying to find the cheapest way to take this trip, but after having read your hub...I don't care how much we spend.

      Lake Powell it is! What a wonderful job you did writing about my next vacation.


    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      8 years ago

      Lovely work describing Lake Powell! I've spent a lot of time there in the past and it is very mystical and sacred place.. I used to have a houseboat there and other friends did as well.. It was always so amazing how just weekend vists could be so refreshing.. Thanks for puuting this together. I really like how you approached from a personnal experience versus a sales pitch.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Fabulous photos! I have driven past several times but never stopped. Now I will. Hope you have kept that inner peace. Good luck

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States


      How wonderful! I am truly envious that you grew up with such beautiful surroundings. It is clear, that you have never tired of such an amazing presence.

      Write On!

    • Yippity profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Oh My My....

      What a wonderful surprise to see that you have visited Lake Powell!!! Oh My Gosh, if I had only known you were so close...I would have driven to Powell to meet you in person.

      Lake Powell is Amazing! You ought to see it in the winter, dusted with snow.

      This is the country where I had the Awesome opportunity to grow up in. A favorite place to go on an Easter Picnic.

      Thank You For Sharing!

      Have a Dynamic Day!


    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Doghouse -

      Yes - there is that reverence at Lake Powell, which comes with the gratitude that such beauty exist. I too am grateful to have had the opportunity of experiencing Lake Powell.

      As I also implied - pictures just could never do Lake Powell justice, but they do share a glimpse with those, like myself - who had not even a clue to what I had been missing.

      As well - my photographs always bring back the wonderful feelings and experience that I enjoyed during my trip to Lake Powell.

      Thanks for commenting. We have something wonderful in common:-)

      Write On!

    • In The Doghouse profile image

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Write On,

      You have done a wonderful job at describing the majesty and beauty of one of God's masterpieces.  I too have a love for Lake Powell, as I have traveled there for years, and have never come home feeling like I did not wish to return.  I think the perfect discriptive word you used was "reverent".  Although your pictures are beautiful and come close to the feeling of being there, they still simply do not do the location justice.  I think that there can be no photograph that could match the experience of being there, simply because of the grandeur that is presented, as you personally experience the feeling of being so very small.  It is even hard to verbalize it's beauty with words as well.  Thank you for sparking my remembrance of a wonderful gift of nature, and reminding me to express gratitude continually to the grand creator.


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