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September 8, 2005


Wednesday, we drove from Green River to St. George. On the way, I stopped at view spots overlooking the canyons of the San Rafael Swell. Holy cow.

Jay and I met up in St. George, a town in southwestern Utah, and headed up to check out our first site. We parked the Penske, headed up in the big white truck, found the site near the top of a hill and decided to start installing it (it was already 4:30), drove back down to the Penske, loaded up the appropriate equipment into big white, drove back up--and found the gate to the top of the hill locked. Hmmm, no locked gate noted in the site description.

[Loading our rig. From Penske into big white.]

Since it was already 5:30 by that point, we called it a night and I went to fetch the key so that we'd be able to go straight to the site on the way home. I got the key from Ray, a man whose number was noted on the sign and who told me, when I went to get the key from him, that St. George was established during the Civil War because of a shortage of cotton since the south was preoccupied. Folks from Salt Lake were sent to St. George to grow cotton. And that, he said, is why the region is know as Dixie--Utah's south, not because of values but because of cotton growing.

Ray also told me that about two years ago some boys tooling around the top of the very hill where we have our GPS site found a body sealed off with rocks in a cave. Nobody knows what the story is of how the body got there, but Ray said the general understanding is that the body is from the 1930's, the man was not from St. George and was probably from the east. All this because of the man's shoes. They were expensive shoes available only on the east coase in the '30s. Interesting, eh?

Jay and I stayed in St. George. We ate Japanese food and then too much ice cream.

Posted by beth at September 8, 2005 1:22 AM

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Hello Beth,
Wonderful fotos again! My colleagues can't imagine why I'm shouting "wow" again and again :-)
Have a nice time!

Posted by: Ediacara at September 9, 2005 6:22 PM

okay, you make me want to travel utah all the more! amazing views!

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at September 11, 2005 11:04 PM

Beth, I don't care where you travel, but don't forget your camera at home. :-)

Posted by: Ediacara at September 13, 2005 8:25 PM

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