The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Here’s proof:
This shot of the footbridge was buried in a PowerPoint presentation that was sent to me a few years ago. It’s undated. Click on it to enlarge.
The photo above was taken from the west side of the canyon. Behind the photographer was a circular parking lot built around a small sandstone hill. The next photo shows the parking lot and the photo below it is an image I took today using Google Earth that shows the remnants of the circular parking area as it appears today. This temporary foot bridge spanned Glen Canyon and was located just upstream of Glen Canyon Dam.
Here’s a view of the parking area on the west side of the upper footbridge.
Here’s the image I captured this morning on Google Earth showing how the parking area appears today.
From Google Earth. The horseshoe-shaped parking area is wrapped around the sandstone hill on the west side of the canyon. The spillways are visible at the bottom of the photo.
I’ve written other posts about the upper footbridge. To see them all, type “footbridge” in the search box at the top of the page.
This shot looks like it was taken at Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend is off of highway US 89 just south of Page.
The area around Page has always been a prime location for movies and TV shows. The rugged and unusual terrain in the area makes it a unique spot for movie making. Here are a few of the movies/TV episodes I remember being filmed near Page:
- Route 66 Season 1, Episode 9, Layout at Glen Canyon (1960)
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
- Planet of the Apes (1968)
- Easy Rider (1969)
- The Outlaw Jose Wales (1976)
- Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978) – A made for TV mini-series. I was an extra in one of these episodes and will be signing autographs later.
- Superman III (1983)
- Maverick (1994) – There’s a scene in this movie with houseboats visible in the background. Ooops!
- Broken Arrow (1996)
- Planet of the Apes (2001)
- Gravity (2013)
There were more, but you get the idea. Here are a couple more pictures I wanted to share with you from the first Planet of the Apes, filmed at Lake Powell in 1968, four years after the completion of Glen Canyon Dam. I don’t remember where I got these.
Those cool waters of Lake Powell were always so refreshing on hot days.
Boating and fishing in these side canyons was always a treat. But as we all know, these guys are heading toward disaster.