Historic Manti Temple

I'd Rather be Playing! on March 20th, 2008

Manti LDS TempleJust 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.

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Bunny Hills or Black Diamond?

I'd Rather be Playing! on March 17th, 2008

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.