Refresh Your Physical Self with a Trip to Legendary Lake Powell
By Neal Brown
It is known among locals and visitors alike that Lake Powell might be the greatest place on earth. The beauty of Lake Powell has been written about plenty, so here are three non-obvious reasons why it is one of the best vacation spots in the world. 1. Overcoming fears: As a teenager, I got my first taste of overcoming many fears, the first; cliff jumping. As a newcomer to cliff jumping, it was exciting to see the veterans jumping off cliffs with blatant disregard for safety. Some of these cliffs were dangerously high at 40, 50, or 60 feet and seemed terrifying as a 14-year-old. As I leapt off my first 40-foot cliff, I forgot to point my toes, and slapped the bottom of my feet. The pain wasn’t bad enough to make me quit. On to the next challenging cliff of 50 feet, I had time to think in the air and remembered to point my toes, and magically I popped up out of the water with no pain. So of course, the top level 60-foot cliff was in my sights. Half of my friends remained frozen at the top of the 50-footer, so another friend and I climbed to the 60-foot cliff as others watched in nervous anticipation. This was my first taste of feeling brave, albeit for a teenage brain, brave translates to stupidity pretty easily in the English language. As I hit the water after the 60-foot plunge, the time it took to resurface was noticeably different than the other two cliffs. But as a young boy, overcoming my fears, feeling brave, and walking away with no injuries proved Lake Powell had a place in my heart forever. 2. Warm temperatures: Most of my vacations center around water and for good reason, since water is refreshing to the mind, body and soul. Whether it’s the ocean at Huntington Beach, Bear Lake, or floating the Colorado River, there is always an adjustment period to the cold water. This doesn’t hold true for Lake Powell in late summer, however. It reminds me of being a kid and taking a warm bath after playing in the rain. I think there is nothing better than laying on a floating device, listening to music and getting a little sun. For my vacations, I like to spend 90% of the time in the water, which is why I’ll pick the warm water of Lake Powell 90% of the time. 3. Marina Tag, Grease Ball, and extreme amounts of fun: As a kid growing up in a small town, we had to learn how to create our own fun. It was no different when we found ourselves at the lake. My first memories were playing tag around the boat dock. We hit our heads multiple times, swimming in, under, and through all the huge houseboats docked at the marina. It was so exhilarating to see who could hold their breath the longest, while the person who was “it” slyly swam around looking for everyone. As we got a little too old for tag, our next adventures turned to Grease Ball. A game involving greasing up your body with sun screen, kicking a greased-up soccer ball, throwing it at someone, and finally getting tackled into the lake. Of course there are other fun activities that Lake Powell has to offer like tubing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, camping, fishing and boating. Just like it’s always hard to leave the lake, it’s just as hard to stop writing about how amazing it is. Every time I go, I get the chance to hit refresh as I bask in the cherished memories of the coolest place on earth.