Depressing Than The Present
I can’t recall a recent time that has been more uncertain and depressing than the present. What with the pandemic and everything else that has plagued the world these past few months, it has become so easy to get lost in the negative. With so much of our physical health at stake, it is also easy to put our mental well-being on the back burner.
But it is more important now than it has ever been to take care of yourself and ensure that you are in a stable place, emotionally speaking. In times like these, it is crucial to surround yourself with friends and family (while social distancing, of course) so that you can revel in the good things about life and encourage positive thoughts and feelings.
Taking a Break to Recuperate
A good way to do this is to find an activity that your close family can do together without putting yourself or anyone around you in danger. With the restrictions easing up a bit as we get a better hang of this lockdown situation, you will find that there are a number of safe locations and activities that are open for service.
One great idea is to find an outdoorsy activity so that you can not only maintain your distance from other individuals, but also spend some time under the sun and the open sky. Breathing in some fresh air can do wonders for your physical as well as mental health. It helps to clear up your mind and rejuvenate your energy, enabling you to tackle the rest of your life problems with a new sense of purpose.
Heading to Lake Powell Utah
With all of this in mind, I decided that I would treat my family to a little outing back in August just so we could experience a change of scenery and re-energize a bit. The goal was to capitalize on the quickly retreating summer season and make the most of the pleasant weather that teetered between blissfully sunny and refreshingly windy. Really, there was no more perfect time than this for an exciting day out on a lake, motoring away on a boat under the gentle beat of the sun and dipping our toes in the water.
After doing my research, I settled on Lake Powell, a gorgeous body of water that rests between Utah and Arizona. I thought we could spend the day on the water, make our way through the stunning Antelope Canyon, and then stroll around the beaches for a while. So we packed some food and clothing, and headed out on our little vacation in our car. We also brought our mini labradoodle, Suzy, along for the trip.
Lower Antelope Canyon
We don’t go out to water bodies often enough to own any gear and accessories, so we headed over to Powell Adventure Rentals in Page to rent some. They were super understanding and accommodating, and made sure that we had everything we needed for a fun and safe experience out on Lake Powell Utah. They are a family owned business, so the hospitality was no surprise, but the customer service and standard of gear was just as exemplary. They know the area pretty well so we got some helpful guidance in that regard as well. We rented out a sleek speedboat for the entire day.
We also rented out some inner tubing so that we could ride the waves for a bit and have some fun. The thrill of motoring away on top of the water behind the speedboat was absolutely exhilarating and I had a great time just letting everything go as the wind swept past me, even as I was holding on for dear life.
There was a brief moment of panic when the speedboat stopped and the waves hit the inner tube a bit too harshly, causing me to lose control and topple over. Luckily though, I was able to break the surface and make it back to the boat. As frightening as it felt at the moment, I can look back at the underwater footage I caught with my GoPro Hero 4 and laugh at myself now. Thankfully no one else had any such incidents and we experimented with all sorts of tricks on the tube until we were tired enough.
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A Soothing Experience on the Water
Needless to say, a full day out on the water on Lake Powell was more than any of us could have asked for when we set out on our mini vacation. The water was warm, at about 85F, which proved to be quite soothing. Getting to lay back on the deck of a boat as it overlooks the vast expanse of the blue lake and the gentle rays from the sun warm up your skin is one of the thankless luxuries that we have the opportunity to enjoy in life.
When we weren’t sat in our seats enthralled by the gorgeously patterned rocks that surrounded us, we played around in the water. Making sure that all of us had our life jackets strapped on securely, we took turns diving in the water, some more impressively than others, and had a refreshing swim.
But no one, perhaps, had as much fun as Suzy did in the water! Content with going only as far as we let her, she was a sight to behold as she paddled around with her little paws, wading the waters in her cute little life jacket! She was just as excited to run around on the shore where we settled for the evening, splashing around with us in the shallow part of the lake with her tail wagging a million miles a minute. I am sure she wouldn’t mind if we took vacations like this every weekend.
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My Filming Accessories for the Day
Part of what makes me look forward to trips like these even more is that I get the opportunity to capture some truly mesmerizing shots. This time around, I had my DJI Osmo Pocket, Mavic Mini, as well as the Sony A6400 camera accompanying me. I got to film some gorgeous shots with the drone of the wide expanse of Lake Powell from the boat that we were on.
My waterproof camera also let me film my point of view as I rode behind the speedboat on the tubing and I experience the same rush every time I view that footage! You can also view the shots I captured in my YouTube video.
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