The Long Road to Zion

Trip Start Oct 06, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Shortly after 11 this morning, we were on our way. This time we were headed back east. The man from Jorgenson's garage that was sent by AAA was truly heaven sent. He was from the area and directed us back about 20 miles toward a more scenic route. He was a great guy and had a lot of stories and Native American folklore to share. We got off at the exit and took a scenic drive towards Loa, Utah. This eventually linked us on to Highway 12 which is where we spent the bulk of the day. It was an amazing route we were all (atleast 3 of us) amazed by how rapidly the terrain changes in this part of the country. Mom, John and I ventured into the Asanazi Museum along the way. In the 1950's researchers from the U of Utah uncovered an ancient Asanazi Village that had been buried. It was very interesting, especially because Jackie had studied this in social studies a few years back. After the museum the ride got really tricky. We careened on narrow roads up huge inclines and then descended at 8% grade. (Dad panicked when we started smelling smoke from the brakes.) The views were spectacular! At one point we were crossing Hogback pass and there were no guardrails on either side. The scenes inside of the rig were as dramatic as the Utah landscape. Mom was a trooper and we even have some great shots of her attempting to scale a barrier to gain a better view. (She only mentioned these photos being a part of her funeral montage a few times. (The irony of the sculpture of Sister Death from St. Francis's Canticle being done by an Irish artist is not lost on me :) This route provided by our roadside mechanic /aka "tour guide" also took us through Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon. (maybe he wasn't really a mechanic at all.....perhaps an angel in disguise. The grand finale of our epoch journey was our entrance into Zion National Park. (Mom and Dad have purchased a lifetime pass to the National Parks. It was only $10. This means that we must keep them in tow if we ever choose to return to any of our beautiful National Parks.) Here we were....Moses and Rebekkah and Abraham and Sarah entering into Zion!!!!! It was so Old Testament. This park is a must see. The boys would love the sights and the drive itself is an adventure! Running out of space...Next post
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ramblinraasch on

for those interested

rollen-terd on

Re: hogsback
this could bring on post traumatic stress disorder in dad.....

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