While Dad was flying cargo missions over The Hump during World War II, Mom arranged for Dad to become a partner in Rainbow Lodge and Trading Post, located at the head of the trail leading down to Rainbow Bridge on the west side of Navajo Mountain. Lake Powell did not exist at the time so riding a mule nine miles from the lodge was just about the only way to see the bridge. Mom purchased Dad a half interest in the concern as an anniversary present. He invested time and money toward improving the lodge, including the construction of a 2,000 foot runway, the installation of a walk-in refrigerator, a 5 –kilowatt generator and a half dozen one room cabins, which he hired Del Webb to build.
Along with its status as a favorite hangout for my parents and their friends, Rainbow Lodge and its rugged surroundings, including the primitive road featured here, proved a favorite subject field for his photographic pursuits both during his tenure as owner and beyond.
- Michael Goldwater