Five Story Mansion by Lake Powell
Five Story Mansion is an awesome place to stay in Big Water, 20 minutes away from Page. I payed 100 dollars for one night. When I arrived I was kinda surprised by the whole concept: ‘what’s ours is yours’. You can literally use everything in the house. A great chance for me to cook myself as I stopped at the supermarket on my way to Big Water to buy some meat and vegetables. Okay, to be honest, it felt kinda weird to use someone else’s kitchen at first but it’s just a nice experience. You know, cooking in a huge, typically American kitchen? That’s awesome!
Rent a paddle board
In the morning I drove straight to Lake Powell Paddle Board and Kayaks and rented a paddle board for 40 dollars a day. A life jacket and car racks to transport the boards are included in the price. The owners are extremely nice people and they give you an explanation about how to use the board before you leave.
Tip: Take you own waterproof bag because you really need one. You can also buy bags at the shop but they’re pretty expensive.
I parked my car at the Antelope Marina parking after dropping my paddle board on the shore. A board is pretty heavy so believe me when I say you don’t want to carry it all the way down. You can sit on a paddle board and stand on a paddle board. It’s not as hard as it seems to stand on it. Basically I was pretty surprised by how smooth it went.
After paddling about a mile I reached the mouth of the canyon. Once in the canyon, I entered a labyrinth of vertical walls with very few ledges or beaches you could get out on. As I went further, the canyon got narrower and narrower. I expected a lot of people on the water but most of the time it was just me with nobody around which made this adventure even more beautiful and peaceful.
It took me 2,5 hours to reach the dead end. You can choose to paddle back or to park your board and hike into the canyon. I went for a short hike but I regret not going deeper into the canyon. The whole adventure took me 5 hours, and it was great!
Tip: Use sunscreem and take a hat with you.
Some bad luck
After eating a pizza I drove to Horseshoe Bend. Unfortunately things don’t always go as planned when you travel. I just reached the parking of Horseshoe Bend when my tire blew off. And at that moment I realized I’m a woman traveling alone with no idea how to replace a wheel. On top of that, I discovered my phone didn’t have service so I was unable to call the rental company. This is what they call Murphy’s law, also known as ‘what can go wrong, will go wrong’.
Just at the very moment I accepted my destiny to be stuck in here forever, a young Israeli couple stopped to check up on me. The guy discovered there was no spare wheel in the car (I told you, Murphy’s law). In the meantime the girl asked a passerby to use his phone to call the rental company. Unfortunately the company couldn’t help me because it was Sunday and all the car repair shops were closed (Murphey). 2 hours went by when we decided we couldn’t do anything anymore that day. So I parked my car on the side of the road and went to Horseshoe Bend together with the couple.
Horseshoe Bend is where the Colorado River makes a complete turn in the shape of a horseshoe. It’s an easy walk out, and a gorgeous spot to watch the sunset. It scared me to see how people risk their lives for a picture. I’m afraid of heights so I searched a safe spot and watched the sunset together with the couple from Israel.
Bad luck or lucky?
By the time we reached the parking it was already dark. The couple didn’t want to leave me alone so they gave me a ride to Page. They just wanted me to be safe before leaving. Incredible, isn’t it? In Page, I found a motel for the night. The room had two double beds so I offered the couple to stay the night with me. I was very happy I could do something back for them. In the morning they left and my car got repaired.
It’s crazy how strangers can be this good to other strangers. Maybe it wasn’t bad luck. Maybe I was lucky enough to meet random people that sacrificed time to help me. Maybe this isn’t a negative story, maybe it’s a wonderful story. A life lesson that learned me to take care of other people and to trust strangers. A story that shows me that in the end everything will be okay, always…