With winter almost over we felt the need to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend. So, we drove to Spring City and visited the DUP Museum. This museum is full of wonderful pioneer photos and tributes and furniture. The building was built as a meeting house and then used as a school. It seems quite small for a meeting house, but, the humans using it were much smaller in size in those days. The jail house in the back was very interesting. They have the ledger from the hotel that was across the street that was built in the early 1880’s by James Crisp. Later it was the Allred Hotel. It was really interesting to see who stayed there when it was in it’s prime. Guess whose signature we found????
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Just visited the Manti Temple. It’s a magnificent edifice and conveys the skill, faith and tenacity of the Mormon Pioneers. I would encourage travelers to bypass I-15 and travel south on U.S.89, which is truly a heritage highway. Go to Arizona on 89 and you will travel through the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, which was recently designated and signed into law by President Bush.
My wife and I rode our snowmobiles up Ephraim Canyon on Saturday afternoon. I though the weather was going to be sunny but I guess I was mistaken. We rode up the canyon road to the “Meadows” and then on to “Philadelphia Flat”. To get on to Phili you have to climb a small hill that takes you from the road up to the top of the flat. Depending on how daring and how fast you drive, you can jump your sled when you come over the top. Since I am a beginner I climb the easier route, the cornice free area, and never make if completely off the ground when I come over the top. After playing a while it started to snow and we decided to head back home. The snow fall on the Manti-LaSal National Forest has been really good this year.
On the way down we stopped for a few minutes at “Bluebell” to watch a few guys do some “real” hill climbing. 40+ years ago Bluebell was a small ski resort with various runs down a steep side hill. In todays ski world, all of the runs would be classified as black diamond. I overheard one of the guys say he didn’t have his “turbo” turned up all the way……. I decided to pass on this hill climb so we headed home.
WOW!! I just heard about the legislature granting the Casino Star Theatre $100,000 for the restoration of this beautiful building. I actually drove by there yesterday on my way to and from the vet and was amazed at how pretty the outside looks now. I know they still have a lot to do to it, but, a great job so far. Congratulations to everyone involved with the restoration of this building. I wish someone had been able to step up and save the Manti Theater. What a loss for the city and the county.
Well, Finally the snow has cleared enough to spend a little time on my favorite hobby, Family History. I went to the Gunnison Cemetery to get photos of the headstones for my ancestry, John Christensen. I eyed the cemetery every time I went to Gunnison, biting the urge to trample through the snow to get the photos. Today the ground was finally clear of snow and I couldn’t wait any longer. The sky was clear and the sun was shining so I figured it would be a great time to satisfy my urge. I did get the photos!! When I got home and looked at them I wasn’t quit as happy as I anticipated. The grass was ugly and the photo were dreary. So, I will wait yet again until summer brings some green grass, then I’ll go for it again. But, I am still glad that the snow has gone, at least for a while. We might get hit again