Wednesday, September 11, 2002
A Taste of the Past at Lake Powell
Team South continues their leisurely cruise along Lake Powell today, and will be proudly displaying their American flag, which was flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Tonight they'll camp at an undeveloped site at Cottonwood Beach, across the shore from Hole in the Rock, where 19th century Mormon pioneers blasted down the cliffs to reach the Colorado River.
The Escalante River flows into Lake Powell just north of where Team South will be camping, and the team will get a hint of the magnificent country that awaits them in a few days. Before the Mormons came through, the area was inhabited by various cultures for thousands of years. The Ancestral Puebloan ("anasazi") culture is the most conspicuous, but evidence of other cultures, including Paleo-Indian, Fremont and Paiute are present. Many ruins were flooded by the dam, but several still exist around the shoreline and throughout the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument.