50 States Before They Graduate: Lake Powell, Kaibib National Forest, Arizona


I realized I wrote my post about our visit to the Grand Canyon National Park from the North Rim, but neglected to mention some of our fun little pit stops on the way there. And really the pit stops are sometimes what make the trip so interesting. 🙂 Am I right? We stopped near Lake Powell, drove through Kaibib National Forest, and ate lunch at Jacob Lake Cafe. On our way out of the Grand Canyon,we had to take a detour which tripled our drive time due to a landslide on our original course. Little tip: The National Park sites usually post updates of road conditions, so be sure to check them when traveling.


Lake Powell was very near where we stopped to stay the night before driving to the Grand Canyon. It straddles the border between Utah and Arizona. While we didn’t realize we would encounter it on our trip, it certainly seems like a destination in its own right. I’m glad we had enough time for a little pit stop there. With each trip, we realize we could take more and more trips to the same areas and spend time doing different things each time.

Evidence of a recent forest fire could be seen as we drove through Kaibab National Forest. Seeing the trees and grasses black, brittle, and lifeless was a powerful scene to drive through. It gave us a great opportunity to talk about forest fires with our littles: beneficial fires, controlled vs. uncontrolled fires, fire safety, ways fires start and extinguish, professional firefighters, etc. It also opened the door for spiritual conversations. Isn’t it amazing how the purifying power of fire can be demonstrated in creation? 1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. After the fire, new life will blossom where nothing but destruction appears now.


GrandCanyonLunch at Jacob Lake Cafe was such a fun experience for our little suburb dwelling family. We were surrounded by men in camo who were clearly eyeing us the same way we were eyeing them. Like what’s their story? Not being a hunting family ourselves, we probably could’ve asked lots of questions. The first question they might’ve asked us was “why aren’t these kids in school?” Oh, but they are. 😉 Everything we ordered was delicious! My honey mustard loving husband was surprised and amused when the wait staff and kitchen had no knowledge of a condiment by that name. Since they didn’t have any, I asked for the ingredients and mixed up some myself. I think the waitress was amused by that! And with that, I can say that’s another reason we love to travel. It gives us new perspective to see the world from someone else’s angle.





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