Easing into the Tour
Trip Start May 30, 2011
11Trip End Jun 09, 2011
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After Continental breakfast at the Inn, Dr. Adler gave a lecture on area history, giving us an overview of the Mormon settlement. Then he led a tour to historical sights, including the tabernacle, court house, opera house and an early adobe dwelling used by the pioneers. In the tabernacle and the courthouse, Dr. Adler acted out the roles of early Mormon leaders, including a mock trial of David, one of our group, for water theft. David had to bear the brand of water thief for the rest of the trip. It was a very entertaining method for us to develop and understanding of life in those times. He also explained how the canals brought water to farms and home plots and how the settlers shared the water by use of a stringent schedule of opening their water gate. We visited an example of of this watering method at a home across the street from the Inn when they opened their gate to flood their back yard garden
We had lunch at the Dixie College student union, called the Red Rock cafe. A large mosaic mural there depicted the history of the area, from the early prehistoric settlement and on to the Mormons.
After lunch we went back to the Inn. Rod began a lecture on geology that he expanded upon throughout the trip until we fairly oozed with Navajo Sandstone, Kayenta, and Chinle formations plus monoclines, grabens, and laccoliths.
We then went our for our first trip out to Snow Canyon. We stopped on the way at a volcano cone. At the park, we walked up the dome shaped rock for a terrific view of the area. I picked up a loose moki marble (don't tell anyone..)
We stopped at the Tuacahn Amphitheater on the way back- Little Mermaid was being rehearsed. This is a large amphitheater with a red rock backdrop. By the size of the parking lot, they were expecting a few folks!
Dinner at Chuck-a-Rama which is an all-you-can-eat place with a huge buffet. It set the stage for a number of buffets to follow, though I think it was the best of the lot.
John, a fellow photography enthusiast, dragged me up the red rock hill a few blocks from the Inn for some evening shots. We climbed all over it. I was surprised by the number of folks we bumped into. It's apparently a popular spot for the locals. John gave me pointers on using the polarizing filter. I was well worn out by the time we arrived back at the Inn. Quite a few of our group were busy playing cards. I went to my room and sacked out! I knew I'd need all my energy for this trip.