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  •  We came through and stocked up on supplies (15+ / 0-)

    as usual at the Safeway in Flagstaff on the way to kayaking/camping at Wahweap on Lake Powell over Thanksgiving.  

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    Although we remain   Monkey Wrench Gangwannabees  at heart,   and opposed the billboards and the damn that have brought all the tourism you mention, fact remains that paddling on those waters in winter when few others are around is a peak life experience. We are hooked.

    Afterward we drove remote backways through the Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah to kayak again at BullFrog. Still no one else out paddling or boating but us.  In the summer it is  far different story.

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    Then we spent the night at a lonely overlook on the Trail of the Ancients scenic byway high above the magnificent Hite area of Lake Powell.
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    Next morning we read the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Signage info about the historic town of Hite now below the waters:

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    Ack.  "Uranium on the Cranium"  !  Wonder if there is still uranium ore swirling around down there beneath the waters of Lake Powell?  I know we get traces here in Santa Fe downstream from Los Alamos...

    Besides the importance of tourism you mention in your diary, the sordid history of mining in Arizona, Utah, and many other states is a cautionary tale.  

    We must continue to work to prevent mining in the Grand Canyon and Escalante/Grand Staircase areas for all the reasons stated in your fine diary imo.

    We must double down on new sources of energy and work to rid ourselves of the old.   A killer cloud of coal pollution hung over Wahweap Lake Powell while we were there,  and over Farmington when we passed through on our way back to Santa Fe.

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      fellow 4-Corners-er:) I'm envious about your trip, thanks for the warm and gorgeous photos.

      Republicans...What a nice club that is. A club of liars, cheaters, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses. Der Spiegel

      by CanyonWren on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 10:55:24 AM PST

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    •  I worked Wahweap as a biologist in 71', and had (0+ / 0-)

      Bullfrog and Hite as part of my route. When I had to use the road to go north (instead of going by boat), I went up Cottonwood Canyon, and then The Burr Trail, or the long route through Escalante.

      You being from the part of New Mexico that is sort of the cause of all of the radioactive mess on the planet, I'm a bit surprised that you make no mention of the millions of tons of radioactive waste now being removed just up river from Powell in Moab. Or of all of the Uranium mining caused cancer clusters all over the Four Corners area.

      The smog at Wahweap is from the Navajo Plant coal burning generator just outside Page, and the stuff next east of there from the plant over by Farmington.

      Stuff like this used to be common in the old days, but almost all of the new proposals were defeated by Clinton using an end run to force creation of the Grand Stair Case Escalation National Moniment.

      And some people ask if there is any difference between Democrats and Republicans.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 08:25:18 PM PST

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