National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Hidden Passage, Cathedral, Music Temple. A few, like Music Temple, a vast, fern fringed chamber that Powell had found "filled with sweet sounds," now lay more than 100 feet beneath our hulls, but others, like Cathe dral and Forbidding Canyons, had surren dered only their outer defenses. Raft Carries Party up Narrowest Channels The lake had opened many remote beauties to the eyes of the voyager. Cathedral had been one of my favorites. In 1962 we had pene trated only three of its reputed 30 "rooms" cavernous bulges sculptured out of the sand stone gorges by millenniums of water-borne sand and gravel. The lake had risen more than 300 feet since then, and this time we 56 cruised for almost two miles in a channel that contracted and expanded as it twisted, until finally it became too narrow for our jet boats. Here we unshipped our Sport Yak, a hard plastic boat shaped like a life raft, not much larger than a bathtub, unsinkable, and ap parently indestructible (page 45). At various times we had paddled it, rowed it, sailed it, or dragged it along the ground loaded with duffel. Inverted, it served Buzz as a bed. In this tiny craft Buzz ferried us still farther up Cathedral Canyon until the passage be came too tight for even its 42-inch beam. From that point, balancing on driftwood logs, or straddling the space between high curving walls, we made our way to higher ground and picked a route over smooth boulders until a high overhang, the lip of a dry waterfall, frustrated further exploration.