Have you ever felt alone, while you’re in a crowd? I have, and I’m sure I’m not alone (no pun intended), in this.
Last weekend, I just felt the need to get out of town. I knew on Sunday the weather would be fine, but on Monday (my second weekend day), the weather would turn to crap with a mix of snow and rain. So, if I was going to get out of Dodge, I had to do it that day.
I have really missed being around a decent-sized body of water. Back east, I had a reservoir out back behind my apartment building, and even while I was there, I knew how much it could ground me, being able to walk near it or see it every day. There were days I was very stressed out when I came home from work, and a short walk outside with little Osito, watching the waves while she did her business and sniffed every leaf she could find on the ground, and I would feel a lot better.
So, I decided to go to Page, AZ – specifically, Lake Powell. I’ve posted pics of Lone Rock Beach before, but every time you go, it looks a bit different. The changing light makes the lake look new each time I go, and as the minutes tick by during the day, it changes as well. It’s one of those places I can breathe. And the other day, it was just so amazingly quiet. It’s colder here now, so there were no boats out on the water (other than in the marina). I had said to my friend Dan that day, I needed to hear some waves. There were no waves that day, as you can tell from the photos. The water was completely still.
While I was at Lone Rock, there were only a few other vehicles there. It was weird to be there and not see any RVs parked along the shore. (You can dry camp overnight there, I guess, however, only during certain times of the year. You need to pay for a camping permit with the NPS, if you are going to be there between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am.) It’s weird, the things that you associate at times like that. I saw a couple with their dogs playing on the beach, running around and sniffing everywhere. It brought me back in my mind to a weekend trip I had taken once to Cape Cod when I was married. I remember watching my (then) husband play on the beach with our yellow lab, Ruthie, and remembered taking a photo of him while he was taking a photo of the sunset. It’s at times like these that I have missed having someone in my life. Someone to share quiet moments with. Don’t get me wrong – I’m ok with being single, and having the freedom that comes with that. But sometimes it would be nice to have someone again.
I sat near the marina that day for a while and just marveled at all the boats still in the water, in January. Back east, that would not have been the case, as many times even parts of the Boston Harbor would freeze up. I just listened to what I thought were generators humming – not sure. It was so quiet there, that the sound of just two people walking on the dock could be heard quite far away. I saw a boat named “My Viagra” and it really cracked me up. I remember thinking “Compensate much, dude?” 🙂 Being near the marina reminded me of many trips I’ve taken with my mom on vacations over the years. Anytime we were near a place with a marina, we liked to go and sit and watch the boats come in and out. We used to look at the bigger boats/yachts and think of what those people did for work to be able to afford them. (I know, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it, lol.) There was something with this visit that I noticed, though, that I had not seen at a lot of other marinas back east. So many of the boats had water slides coming off of the back end. I guess that’s just one difference between the northeast and the southwest. The water is usually so cold in the northeast (especially if we are talking the Atlantic Ocean) that you don’t really spend a ton of time in the water. It’s refreshing to go into it once, but you get in and get out. At least I did!
Before I hit the marina, though, I tried (again, unsuccessfully) to take a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam. I had looked online and seen that tours were given at 9, 11, 1 and 3. But when I got there, at 12:40 pm, the guy said the 12:30 tour had just gone down. I told him that’s not the time I had seen online. Clearly, there’s an outdated web page up there. Next time, I will call to make sure what I’m seeing is up to date.
I didn’t feel like waiting around until 2:30 to take the next tour so I walked around the dam’s visitor center for a bit and saw pictures of Horseshoe Bend on a big digital display they have inside. I know that walk to it can be pretty hot in the summer, so I decided to go look at it that day instead. I’m so glad I went.
It’s amazing how many people from different countries I saw there that day. And I realized I have missed being around people from many different cultures and walks of life. At my last job, I was exposed to students from all around the world, every day. I saw couples taking pictures of themselves, standing close to the edge of the cliffs (you could tell who was afraid of heights by the tentative steps they would take toward the edge, and I admit, I was one of those folks.) I saw groups taking “action” shots and people posing as if they were “climbing” up the edges, yelling to one another “use your trying hard face!” It was funny, and I found myself laughing at some of the jokes.
And I wished I had someone with me. Even if it was just a friend, someone to say “oh hey, look at that little building down there near the rock in Horseshoe Bend – what do you think it is?” Just someone to share the experience with, you know?
Anyway, the picture below is from out back behind the Lake Powell Resort. As I stood near the one bench and looked at all the empty patios at the waterfront views, I marveled at the difference between now, which is their low season and what the place will be like in just a few months when the crowds return. I can’t wait to return there at that time.
Anyway, I just wanted to share some images of the beauty that is within a very short drive from me – just 75 miles away. If you’ve never been to Lake Powell, I suggest going. And the resort of the same name is the only one with property that has rooms on the lake, just an fyi.
Have you ever felt the same way, alone but not alone? Luckily for me, it was fleeting and I comforted myself with knowing I was surrounded by beauty.
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16 thoughts on “Alone…. But Surrounded by Beauty”
I loved this. The beauty of the water was reflected in your writing-I felt like I was there, musing out loud too. Beautiful pictures, you are lucky to have such stunning scenery near you! 🙂
Oh, thank you so much! I love your blog by the way. And yes, this is only 75 miles away, I am very lucky. Even the drive to Lake Powell is beautiful too.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos, Terri. It’s always great to hear from you.
Of course, David. Do you have a new blog address now? I see it in the address you left.
Terrie, Like you, I like being around water. Where I am now in FL, I walk out on one of the little piers a couple of times a day just to look at the water and smell the salt air. When I’m back in the NC mountains, I like to hike to waterfalls. The experiences are totally different, but they both involve being around water.
I would be the same as you if I could live in two different locations, Jerry. Something about the water, it just calms me.
Yes, I understand. I grew up on an island, so like you, I missed being around water. It’s probably one of the biggest thing I miss about not being in the Caribbean.
The pictures are amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us all. Oh to be self-aware of your surroundings. Many people would just morn and complain…you my friend are making the best of your experience by enjoying what you have.
Keep us posted.
Enjoy your weekend Terri.
Thanks, Kelvin, and yeah, I can imagine, having lived where it was so warm and so tropical, how much of a huge change it is to be in the mountains now. Btw, I will message you on facebook with some updates – I’ve had some things going on that have kept me from blogging more.
Really evocative post Keep on writing – you’re good at it!
Thank you! I started writing part of it while I was at the beach, actually!!
It’s beautiful out there, and nice to see it when the tourists haven’t overrun the views. I go on photo tours alone a lot and I get what you’re saying about wishing you had someone to see it together. But also you get to stand in one spot as long as you want without worrying that someone else wants to move along…I am ALWAYS playing catch up because I stop to take a picture… when I’m with other people.
I totally understand what you mean – I did sit for a long while at the marina. I think it was when I was at Horseshoe Bend, hearing all the different people talking and joking amongst themselves, whether it be in English or other languages, and thinking how nice it would be to be with someone. I love your photo tours too!
Thank you Terri. I always look forward to you stuff!!
Aw, Karl, thank you!! I’m so flattered to hear that, I really am!
Fantastic job – will be using this writeup to plan for our own trip next month!
Oh I’m so glad I could be helpful!