Sanpete Narrows Dam and Reservoir

I'd Rather be Playing! on April 6th, 2010

Sanpete County intends to begin construction on a small dam and reservoir, hopefully in the near future. Called the Narrows, this project will be located up Fairview Canyon, Utah, along highway 31.

The Narrows has been discussed and promised to Sanpete County for nearly 80 years. When complete, it will provide a means of storing water that runs out of the mountains for use as mid and late summer irrigation and culinary water.  This new reservoir will be a great recreational destination for fishing, boating, and camping.

For Official Sanpete County Water Conservancy information on the Narrows Project visit:

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Hiking Mt. Nebo

I'd Rather be Playing! on July 16th, 2008

I have lived in the Sanpete Valley most of my life without hiking one of the most prominent landmarks in the area, Mt. Nebo. Over the years family members have often expressed a desire to hike it, but we never seemed to do it.

Probably the most scenic view of the mountain is from the Sanpete Valley. There are 3 peaks on the mountain with the highest being the one on the north. (11,928 ft.) To start the hike take the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. At the Nebo/Bench Trailhead parking lot, take a dirt road about 3/4 of a mile to the cattle guard. From here the trail heads west along the barbed wire fence. (Lat:39.84355 Lon:-111.72062) Nebo Information

The view from the top is amazing. I could see Sanpete Valley to the southeast, Mona reservoir to the west, and Utah Lake to the north. The round trip hike took us 7 hours. This of course included a 50 minute lunch and rest at the summit.

Yuba State Park

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 30th, 2008

I went with a church youth group to Yuba State Park this past weekend. We camped at the Painted Rocks Campground on the east side of the reservoir. The Campground is located on top of a hill and overlooks the water. The campground has only been open a year or two and is fairly nice. There are fire pits, pavilions and tables, running water, and bathrooms. Unfortunately there aren’t any showers and not a lot of shade.

There were 40+ youth and adults that came with 5 boats. By noon on the second day, Saturday, my boat’s gas tank was almost empty. Since there were other boats in the group I decided to keep pulling kids until I completely ran out of gas. Right in the middle of my turn to ride the molecule the boat stopped and one of the other boats towed me in. Overall it was a great trip! This video shows the campground.

Glass or Water?

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 24th, 2008

Last night I took my family water skiing after work. Our Daughter took along two friends. The purpose of the trip was to reteach my wife how to slalom water ski. She did it last year, but couldn’t seem to get up this year. She wanted to perfect her skill before the youth trip to Yuba State Park in a few days. When we got to the lake the water was smooth as GLASS. My wife hurried and jumped in and with a few tries she was slaloming. I grabbed the video camera and got it on film.

At the end of the trip, after all the kids had wake boarded or rode the molecule, I finally got a chance to get in the water. By this time all the other boats had left and the water was GLASS again. This video highlights the fun, with a few clips from a previous trip.

Molecule, Waterski, or Water Snake?

I'd Rather be Playing! on June 10th, 2008

Last night after work I took my family boating. It was the first time on the lake this season because of the cool spring weather. My wife gave us a new water toy for an Easter present a few months ago. It’s called a ‘Molecule’. We tried one out last summer when boating with the in-laws and decided we needed one too.

A few minutes after getting the boat launched one of the kids said, “there is a snake over there swimming in the water, I saw it’s head sticking up out of the water!” Of course we all thought she was full of baloney, so we headed toward the floating stick to prove her wrong. Read the rest of this entry »