The New Jersey Lighthouse Society trip for 2017 is going be a little different than previous trips. For one thing it will be March 24 thru April 1. The reason for this change is because of the location we are going to, Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. Yes, the desert southwest and March is the perfect time to go, where as in July it will be 120 plus degrees out and no fun. You ask what lighthouses are in the southwest part of this country? Well Arizona has 26 miniature lighthouses along Lake Havasu and the Colorado River. These lighthouses ARE used to navigate the lake. The lighthouses along the east side of the lake are ½ scale size of an east coast lighthouse, while ones on the west side of the lake are west coast lighthouses. A man made island that is connected to the main land has lighthouses from the Great Lakes. Besides seeing these lighthouses we will visit 4 National Parks.
Our trip will start with your arrival in Las Vegas on March 24 and our usual Welcome To dinner. The next morning we will head out to California and visit the lowest spot in the United States, Death Valley National Park. That night we will over night in Kingman, AZ. March 26 we head south to Lake Havasu City to board our jet boat to travel Lake Havasu to photograph the lighthouses. The lake is 35 miles long and several miles wide. When we return back at the dock we’ll cross the London Bridge that connects Havasu Island with the City where we will be able to walk up to the lighthouses for some great shots. That night we return back to Kingman.
The next day we will travel “The Mother Road”, Route 66, the country’s first “highway”. Arizona has the largest section still maintained by the State DOT. We will stop at several museums along the way and tour the Grand Canyon Caverns. That night we overnight in Williams, AZ.
The next morning we will board the Grand Canyon Railroad for a half day trip to Grand Canyon National Park. Once at the Park you will have the afternoon and night free to explore the Grand Canyon on your own. The Park has shuttle buses that will take you throughout the park. That night we will overnight in the park. The next morning is also free to do whatever you would like to do. We will board our coach and head north to Page AZ for our overnight accommodations. Before we arrive at the hotel we will stop at Antelope Canyon, a reverse canyon, narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. Inside are many different shades of sandstone rocks, a photographer’s paradise.
In Page we start our day by visiting the Glen Canyon Dam and then head to the bottom of the dam for a float trip down the Colorado River. This 3 hour trip is in calm water through the Marble Canyon with cliffs towering around 700 to 1000 feet above your head. Our coach will pick us up at Lees Ferry at the end of the float trip. There we will tour the Lees Ferry Fort and Homestead from the late 1870’s. That night we will stay in Kanab, Utah. Kanab was used for hundreds of Western movies and TV shows. That night we will have a chuckwagon cookout dinner. Downtown has many plaques along the street telling about the western shows and the stars who performed in them.
The next morning we head out to one of the most beautiful National Park, Bryce Canyons with its multi-colored “Hoodoo” spires. If the sky is clear that night, we will head to the end of the Park to do some star gazing. If you never have been in total darkness to witness the Milky Way, it is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see.
The last day of the trip we will stop for pictures at Utah’s only real looking lighthouse in Cedar City. The red and white granite Providence Lighthouse stands 88 feet tall with a light, but is not near any water. Then we will stop at a small section of Zion National Park before we head back to Las Vegas and our Going Away dinner.
The price of the tour for a couple or 2 sharing a room is $3400 and a single is $2300. This will include everything except souvenirs and alcoholic beverages: transportation, entrance fees to the National Parks, boats, all meals and hotels. The only added cost is your transportation to and from Las Vegas. We will need 30 people for this trip to run. The max number of people will be 43, due to the space on the boat.
To sign up for the trip send
a deposit of $200 per person and the
registration form to Mike Boucher, 15 Starrow
Dr., Newburgh, NY 12550. Make your check
payable to the New
Jersey Lighthouse Society. The final payment must be
received by March 1st. You can make monthly
payments or 4 payments if you like. A waiting
list will be in place in case of
cancellations. You must be a member of the New
Jersey Lighthouse Society to sign up and go on
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