mile 162.3
Imagine yourself taking a float trip down Glen Canyon as it was.  Start here, and click on the downstream links at the bottom of each page.  (There's an exploratory excursion at the Escalante River.) 

Then imagine what it would be like to do it again sometime in the future.  The reservoir, like any natural lake, is a temporary bottleneck in the flow of water from clouds to ocean.  Glen Canyon has dammed up naturally in the past, and Nature has always removed the dams.  But such events occur in geological time, and human knowledge of such things tends to be limited to human scales . . . of time and of understanding.  To err is human.  To get it right is precious . . . and too rare, because the profound guiding insights garnered by science in the past several centuries are much subtler than they seem.   Think about silt.

1962  White Canyon, a little upstream from Hite.  The little sand bar where the stream enters the Colorado was our campsite while we waited for the shuttle to return, and it's the put-in point for float trips from Hite.

Landing at the White Canyon airstrip.  The car shuttle involves driving all the cars from Hite to Crossing of the Fathers, that's about 300 miles over mostly gravel or dirt roads in earlier days, then using one car to drive all the drivers to the Page Airport where we charter a plane to take us back to Hite where our boats and gear are waiting for us.

Mile 162.6   Hite, Utah, at the ferry, looking downstream.

The Hite ferry, landing on the left bank.

The hand-crank phone for the ferryman. 
Picture by Slyvia Tone

Mile 162.6  Looking upstream from a flat overlooking the mouth of White Canyon. 

 Mile 160.1  Traychite Rapids.  The first "rapids" below Hite

Go down to Two-Mile Canyon

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