Sunday, 19 April 2015

What We-saw in Utah

We followed the “Beehive” highway signs driving across Utah.  The beehive symbol represents industry, an attribute of bees and honouring the people who have been industrious in settling and developing the beautiful State.  We took in many incredible vistas, numerous intriguing rock formations, many small towns who have held on to quaint old buildings and retro signage of earlier days.  There are many canyons, mountains, cliffs, pink sand dunes, scrub grassland across which deer migrate, plains where we spotted antelope and a few watering holes and reservoirs.  I remind the readers that we have an advantage sight- seeing from the coach as we are so high above the road and have a huge windshield as our viewing platform.

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Our destination was Otter Creek State Park, located on a huge manmade lake where folks come to boat and fish.  We had a beautiful view across the water and up into the mountains.  Hiking along the Old Spanish Trail, watching people catch trout after speckled trout and enjoying the osprey, ducks, loons, robins and meadowlarks, we had a very relaxing few days there.  The camp was family friendly and full of fisher-folks holidaying on Easter weekend.  The weather changed often with one insanely cold and blustery day followed by temperatures warm enough for shorts and t-shirts.  A young couple next door gave us two of their freshly caught trout, which was a real treat cooked on the barbeque.  Want to stop for some trout Wendy?

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On leaving Otter Creek we continued through more amazing high desert scenery.  We stopped for a picnic lunch at Castle Valley Salt Flats.  The ruggedly beautiful formations across Utah were formed eons ago when geologic upheavals pushed up giant domes of red rock.  Over centuries, wind and water have carved those domes into buttes, canyons, pinnacles and mesas.  The rock extends into Colorado.  There are many national parks which feature unique views of the world famous geographical wonders that we must return to explore further on another trip.

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