Date: 23/10/2020
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Utah Loop 2013 Day12 Page to Kanab, UT

We went back to the overlook for Lake Powell’s Wahweap Marina to get a better photo. I estimate there are slips for 400 large houseboats. It is the largest marina on all the US inland lakes. There are many more slips for small powerboats but I only saw one megayacht. Lake Powell is a very different boating experience than any of the other places we have been to. I am glad we went out once, but I would not be too keen on doing it again. I’ll stick to the Tennessee River. Kanab was 75 miles from Page.  We went past the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument which is a 1.8 million acre geological territory of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, and canyons. It occupies most of Southern Utah and was declared in September 1996 at the height of the 1996 election campaign by President Bill Clinton under the Antiquities Act (which saved Mesa Verde), and was controversial from the moment of creation. The declaration ceremony was held at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and not in the state of Utah. The Utah congressional delegation and state governor were notified only 24 hours in advance. That November, Clinton won Arizona by a margin of 2.2%, and lost Utah to Republican Bob Dole by 21.1%. (credit Wikipedia).  The park is managed by the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Parks. No doubt that ruffled a few feathers. However, in our view there is little to see that is different or unusual from what we have seen already and the visitor center was closed as it was Wednesday. Kanab was a town we stayed in on our 1950 trip. We stayed at Parry Lodge and it is still there today. There have been about 5 different owners since then I was told at the front desk. The restaurant now only serves breakfast and lunch so we missed out on that.

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