Leave the wing-tips and high heels at home. You’ll want to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking. Even if you plan to take it easy, many walkways in the area are unpaved, so choose a shoe with at least a minimum of tread. If you’re the type of person who lives in sandals, forego the flip-flops and pick up a pair of Tevas or Chacos. Invented by a Colorado River guide, these “sports sandals” have sturdy soles and Velcro ankle straps that will keep most pebbles and stickers at bay while hiking through the desert, yet allow you to walk through water without removing your shoes (or worrying about ruining them). You can wear them with socks in cooler weather, and they last forever. Similar sandals are sold at most retail shoe stores. For more information visit www.teva.com or www.chacousa.com .
Travel Tip 26 – We Want to See the Grand Canyon; the Kids Want to Play in the Water
If vacation just isn’t vacation without making a splash, consider making Lake Powell your “base camp” for exploring the Grand
Located near the Arizona/Utah border, Lake
Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation area boast
stunning scenery, fun activities and lots of water! Lake Powell is situated almost exactly between the North and South Rims of the
Grand Canyon, which means that either side of the canyon would be an easy 2.5 hour drive away (perfect day trip). Other
attractions nearby are Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Kodachrome Basin, Paria Canyon, and that’s just to name a few. Other popular things to do in the Page/Lake Powell area include rafting, scenic cruises to Rainbow Bridge and other attractions on the lake, dinner cruises, safari-style slot
canyon tours, hiking, scenic flights, boating, swimming (the water warms up in mid-April and can remain warm enough for swimming well into October!) and world-class fishing.
There are also many events and festivals held throughout the year, especially during the fall. At the Pumpkin Festival in October, citizens of the town pool their carved jack-o-lanterns in an attempt to break the record for the most lit pumpkins in one place. November’s hot air balloon regatta is a three day event culminating with a night-time balloon glow right on the very main street of Page. Room rates and gas prices in Page are typically very reasonable. For more information about including Page/Lake Powell in your vacation plans, call Grand Canyon.com at (866) 944-7263 or (928) 645-6845. For more information on the Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation area, visit www.nps.gov/glca . For Lake Powell water temperatures and fishing information, visit www.wayneswords.com
Travel Tip 27 – How are Gas Prices Out There?
They are high around Grand Canyon South Rim, but you can find surprisingly reasonable gas prices in some of the surrounding areas. Just remember it can be a long way between gas stations, so fill ‘er up when you have the chance. Also, the best gas prices are not necessarily where you’d expect to find them. Check out www.arizonagasprices.com , or www.utahgasprices.com .