Life Elevated - Rising Higher
- Feb 25, 2013
It was time. Jay and I were headed to Lake Powell for another beUTAHful adventure!
This trip was a bit more special than most. Jay was diagnosed with cancer last year. and despite the successful treatments and such, it had just been to long since we had seen each other. In only a short few months, Jay had changed jobs, relocated his family, and participated in cancer treatments! Between what Jay had gone through, and me changing jobs myself, we had a lot of life to catch up on.
Lake Powell seemed like the perfect place to make that happen.
I hopped in my car Thursday after work, and took off to pick up Jay in St. George. From there we make the the 2.5 hr drive to Page Arizona. We arrived at dark, but still managed to find a place to sleep in the Wahweap campground.
The rest of the trip was a blur! We picked up our Kayaks in Page and were on the water by 9am. A storm was moving in and the wind was gusting around 25 MPH. It was a bit crazy crossing the lake near Lone Rock, but we managed to make it without capsizing. Once we crossed the main channel and entered into Lone Rock canyon, things got much better. The wind was still blowing pretty good, but it wasn't as direct.
After a day of paddling and fishing in Lone Rock canyon, we landed a pretty sweet campsite! we were the only ones in the area. It was a treat to find solitude in one of Lake Powell's most popular Side Canyons.
When I think about my time spent on Lake Powell, I am filled with so many emotions. My kayaking trips on this special lake ignite strong feelings of adventure, challenge, serenity, and exhilaration! There are moments when I am concerned and fighting to stay upright in a kayak. A few moments later I am chilling and relaxing and overcome with feelings of beauty and gratitude. Soon after I am taken with the rush of catching a fish, and then it is back to being overwhelmed with the grandeur and allure of my surroundings.
What. An. Incredible. Place.
These trips are more than just opportunities for adventure. This is cherished time where two best friends can get together and spend time reminiscing about life. God is a huge part of our life, and it is out here where we find much opportunity to express our feelings about Him and how our lives are so good because of His ways
My true feelings are expressed very well by A favorite Book of Mormon prophet:
Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God... Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God... yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God
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