This week marks the final chapter in our Travelogue series since camps are opening today and we no longer need the summer fill to make it through the week. Today we stop in Page, Arizona which has a surprising amount of things to do for being out in the middle of nowhere in the desert.
Most folks that know about Page know that you have to go near there if you are traveling from the south side of the Grand Canyon to the north side. You might also know that Lake Powell is a great place for all types of water-sports and outside activities.
You probably don't know that there was nothing there until 1957 when the town sprang up to house workers to build Glen Canyon Dam, which created lake Powell. The dam is the second largest on the Colorado river and is 710 feet high. There is a dam tour that is well worth the five dollar entry fee. You will travel on top of, through, and under the dam and see exactly how it was built and where the electricity is generated.
A couple of other interesting sites are Horseshoe Bend, which is down stream from the dam and Navajo Mountain that is to the east of Page.
The real gem of the area is Antelope Canyon. Just about everyone has seen pictures from there and usually have no idea where they were taken or even believe that they are real. It is one of the most famous slot canyons anywhere in the world.
Antelope is a photographer's dream destination, with all the colors that the shades and shadows produced throughout the day as the sun passes over. The favorite time to enter the slots is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. when the beams of light from the sun come directly into the slot producing surreal beams of light that contrast the color on the canyon's walls.
When you make plans to head to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, or Southern Utah, don't overlook Page, Arizona as a place to visit and see some incredible sites.
We thank you for reading our Friday Travelogue series that we have had through the off-season. We hope you have enjoyed the travel suggestions. If you are interested in going to one of the destinations and want more tips and information, feel free to send us an email and we'll be happy to help.
Preds-Panthers Rookie Game 2...
On Thursday, in the matinee game against the Panthers, the Preds' rookies lost their perfect defensive record when they gave up a goal late in their 5-1 victory bringing the overall scoring margin to 10-1 for the two games..
The Preds got two goals from camp invitee, Chris Mueller, and single goals from Ryan Thang, Gabriel Bourque, and Taylor Beck. Anders Lindback was perfect in goal for the Preds while Chet Pickard gave up the only goal of the rookie games with 3:35 left in the game.
The Preds took the post-game shoot-out 2-0 on goals by Roman Josi and Gabriel Bourque.
There were two fights in the game including one where Blake Geoffrion was driven to the ice by Erik Gudbranson.
The Predators returned home after the game and will be up early today to head to Centennial Sportsplex for physicals and testing.
Recaps from Florida come from The Sun Sentinel, Panthers.com, The Rat Trick, and On Frozen Pond.
Nashville recaps came from Predators.com, Josh Cooper, and OnTheForecheck. Amanda at Predlines discusses the rookie games and gives a little information on Chris Clackson who knocked Linus Klasen out on Wednesday.
Predators' Camp Opens Today...
Today is opening day of the official Predators' camp. The rookies hit the ice for on-ice testing at 7 a.m. while the veterans begin at 10 a.m. There will be little to see today. The real action will start tomorrow when the team will hit the ice in three groups starting at 9:15 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. We hope to see you at the rink on Saturday. Please introduce yourself if you see us there.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond has ten pet peeves that deserve your attention. We all can relate to these issues.
Josh Cooper has a new story this morning on Pekka Rinne being the clear number one in goal.
The Predators had a big ice painting event at the Bridgestone Arena yesterday. It was really cool to see Jim Diamond, Dirk Hoag, Jeremy Gover, and Codey Holland doing a little on ice artwork. The Tennessean even got a video of the painting effort while Preds.com has pictures.
Daniel Bradley captured the most sinister moment of the paint job at Excellence Through Guesswork with a photo of Jim "Blood" Diamond in action.
Forechecker has updated camp information and an interview with David Poile from the Thom Abraham Show.
Jas Faulkner takes a look at the Predators' centers in her ongoing preview of the team.
Mark Willoughby has five Predators to watch this season and also his weekly "My View."
Jeremy Gover has three minutes with rookie goalie Chet Pickard who did nothing to hurt his chances in the rookie games in Florida.
Congrats to Paul McCann who filled up the bus to Carolina and also has a few updates at HockeyBuzz.
Breaking news from Toronto, Adam Proteau breaks tradition and picks the Predators to make the playoffs. This may be a first.
Scotty Hockey has his season preview of the Predators from New York.
Finally, hats off to @Sullivan26: Off to camp! Cant believe this is my 17th one! Still remember my first one like it was yesterday.
Around the NHL
Matt Reitz has the preview of the Northeast Division which completes his six part series with writers from all thirty teams contributing. Hats off to Matt for another good body of work.
Hawks Coach Joel Quenneville received a three-year extension on his contract yesterday as camp opens today. With the loss of many players off of last year's cup team he will have to work hard to earn his pay this season.
Ryan Porth has his top five training camp storylines and it is a different list than many I have seen.
Lyle Richardson has a look at a few players that have fallen victim to the leagues salary cap and team budgets.
Brendan Morrison has been given an invitation to camp with the Vancouver Canucks where he played some of the best hockey of his career. This may be the end of the line for the veteran center.
Adrian Dater comments on the NHL's new rule on shootout wins not being involved in the tie-breaker process.
Bruce Dowbiggin has more on the blogger/MSM debate at the Globe and Mail.
Coaching legend, Pat Burns, has taken a turn for the worse in his battle against cancer.
The Penguins announced that Jordan Staal will miss camp and up to six weeks with a foot infection.
Numerous reports came out yesterday that the Habs were going to announce Brian Gionta as the team's 28th team captain but no official announcement has been made.
Odds and Ends...
A tornado hit Brooklyn yesterday evening. That's something you don't see everyday.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass