|View from the Glen Canyon Dam down to|
where to floats disembark
The floating trip itself was more serene than I expected it to be with four rafts and about 20 people per boat. The floats go down the river with a good distance from each other, so you can take pictures without blue boats in them. And pretty soon into the trip everybody was in awe of the scenery, and thus quiet. I came to understand a bit more about the geology of the canyonlands: Glen Canyon with its stunningly vertical walls is a fairly "young" canyon, its steep rocks haven't been exposed to erosion as much yet (in geological terms) and thus they look as if freshly cut out of the red rock by an enormous chain saw. Thanks to the dam, the river now doesn't flood anymore, which means vegetation can flourish as it isn't wiped out by spring floods anymore, and so the interplay of red rock and sage greenery and clear blue sky is breathtaking.
Lorelei Rock that juts into the Rhine, creating treacherous currents and inspiring the myth of a golden-haired maiden who sits up on the rock distracting poor fishermen. Being carried by the motion of a stream with the cool air wafting off the water added to the similarity in experience. Goes to show you never know what memory will be triggered when.