The weather can be quite extreme up here and because of the loose sand your typical tent stakes will not hold your tent down in any wind. My solution is to get some weight on the stakes by piling rocks on. The last thing you want is to find your tent sailing into the lake!
It’s quite a long ways down as you can see by this photograph looking down into Gunsight Bay. Although on our many trips we’ve discussed the logistics of climbing either up or down these cliffs it’s a challenge that does not need to be met.
One year the normally clear sky was punctuated with a mushroom cloud of atomic proportions. A very nearby wild fire plumed straight into the ceiling and mushroomed out. Coupled with the scenery of Lake Powell and incredible golden hour light the images are absolutely astounding.
We could smell the smoke, wafts of juniper or maybe mesquite, and it was a pleasant scent despite the danger and menace that a wild fire can be.
After camping the night on Alstrom Point I arose to find the fire still burning, as it would for many days.
One of the few creatures you will find up on Alstrom Point is the Kangaroo Rat. Another is the Western Diamond-Backed Rattlesnake, so be careful.
The Kangaroo Rat is neither a Kangaroo nor a Rat, but it is definitely a hopping rodent. This particular one found our campsite at night and despite our best efforts to keep the area clean managed to find some tidbits. He was slightly timid, would move quickly, freeze, grab some morsel and hop away with lightning speed to an unseen burrow.
Kangaroo Rats are very well suited to the desert. They survive simply by breaking down the seeds they eat with their metabolism and do not need to drink water! They can also conserve water by lowering their metabolic rate when hot and dry.
Unfortunately later that evening we heard a slight rattle of a Western Diamondback and upon investigating a juvenile was located with the tail of this fuzzy snake-snack protruding out of his jaws. Sorry little guy.
So now that I’ve tried to scare you from driving your car to Alstrom Point I thought I’d throw out a photograph of the nearly perfect vehicles for exploring around Glen Canyon NRA and Lake Powell.
These Honda ATVs (all terrain vehicles) made for a fast and nimble arrival to Alstrom Point and continued to be our modern horses for some exploration off-lake around the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
I will venture off virtually to the Grand Staircase Escalante in some future posts.