Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lake Powell

Hello and good day! Today I'm here to tell you about one of the most amazing summer destinations I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The place, Lake Powell, and yes, it kicks ass! Have you been? If not, do yourself a favor and put it on your bucket list.

Lucky for me, my Uncle Joe has had Lake Powell on his bucket list for a solid decade now. And with nothing short of a little can do attitude (and some $$$ of course) we made it happen this year! I had heard of Powell, but honestly, I didn't know how phenomenal it truly is. Even leading up to our scheduled departure, I didn't really understand how amazing of an adventure I was about to embark on. 
What I did know, was that I was set up for the trip of a lifetime! Traveling with my amazing lady friend, best friends from childhood and family members on a houseboat for a long weekend, we were simply destine for success.  

The trip started with a hefty 12 and a half hour drive to Page, Arizona where we all rendezvoused the night before we inhabited the houseboat. It was dark upon our arrival, so we eagerly awaited morning to see what landscape surround us. We awoke the next morning to amazing views; Enormous cliffs ascended straight from the water's emerald surface and cluttered the horizon line. The black, red, orange and white hue's of sandstone melted into the water creating an almost fictional landscape. 

Needless to say, the crew was fired up and there was an overall feeling of excitement and anxiousness as we eagerly awaited to board the boat. Now I could sit here and continue to blah, blah, blah about Lake Powell all day, but instead I will just show you. Some people say a picture is worth a thousand words. So with that in mind, I'm going to save you the agony of having to read thousands more of my words, and instead share with you the story of our houseboating trip through these photos.

First Views on Powell

The Crew! From left to right Evan Daiek, Casey Lucas, Myself, Justin Daiek, Adam Dudek, Joe Daiek, Ashlee Daiek
The boat, anchored in at our 2nd night of camping. Not a bad "campsite" if I say so!

Evan going for bulls eye!

Casey and I, warming up for some bigger jumps!
My first cliff jump of the trip! This might be a little bigger than I thought...
Evan sending!
Justin sending this little buddy!

My beautiful girlfriend and I, loving life!
We stumbled upon what seemed to be endless canyons like this one. Having Evan's boat (pictured below) was key to the operation. We were able to explore deep into these tight canyons, such an awesome and unique experience!

Exploratory missions on "Ski Me", Evan's boat. The tight channels we were able to maneuver Ski Me through was nothing short of impressive.
Quick little walk off the boat to Rainbow Bridge. This place is stunning! Truly epic!

So much potential for BASE jumpers
But a nice lil' cliff jump will do! (Same wall as pictured above)
Speaking of parachutes...plenty of room on the boat to pack. I think these boats may have been designed with jumpers in mind???

and yes, there was plenty of jumps to be had there. In fact the opportunities seemed endless assuming you can get on top of the cliffs. Had a bit of a sketchy climb to even get on this one. Check the video link below!
Cut away after opening! Check out the link below to see p.o.v. footage from this jump!

"Joe D" keepin it "old school" with this mean can opener!

Do I even need to say anything?
Half way through our trip we found ourselves neck deep in the middle of a thunderstorm. Unfortunately the rain didn't really let up for two days. On the other hand, we never would have had the opportunity to see all these waterfalls! 

Casey not too bummed on the rain.
Early morning tee off for the boys!

The boys soaking in some sunshine!

More cliff jumping! Gainers are the funnest trick ever!

Evan trying to clear "Ski Me"
Another "Ski Me" mission, so fun!
Team huck! The Daiek boys sending it!
and how could I not have one last Gainer for good measure?

Big thanks to Ashlee for all the great photos! I hope you all enjoyed the show and I look forward to sharing more radness with ya in the future!

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