Last week brought us the good – nay, GREAT – fortune of a trip to Lake Powell and the stellar Antelope Point Marina. Life along the waterfront was certainly good, and the friendly marina staff made sure we felt welcome and perfectly pampered. For those unfamiliar with it, Lake Powell is a reservoir of the Colorado River, a man-made lake created within a breathtaking canyon, with looming rust-red canyon walls and towering buttes so gorgeous they left me breathless. And grateful to have been there.
Sure, eyeballing luxury houseboats, dawdling on the world’s largest floating marina, traversing the watery canyon’s nooks and crannies by speedboat and enjoying chilled Sauvignon Blanc on the back of a yacht I called home for 2 nights were all, well, unbelievably awesome — the trip highlight was hands down a helicopter tour over the lake with Lake Powell Jet Center. Seeing aerial views of the lake’s vast scope, otherworldly topography and spectacular colors was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had in my travels — no lie. Horseshoe Bend is as epic as you’d imagine, the lake’s water is a blinding turquoise, and landing in a chopper on the tippy top of Tower Butte? Off. The. Hook.