Sunday, April 21, 2013

on our way to the Grand Canyon

We have been on vacation to Utah, Arizona and Nevada since Easter Weekend. I have so much to blog about! We made our way to Mom and Harold's house and spent the night and then rested up a day and then we all took off to St. George, Utah to spend a few warm sunny days with Jon and Lisa. Our first adventure was off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is a 3 hour trip on a dirt and very rocky road (not for sissy's) going in the back way to the Grand Canyon with Jon and Lisa as our guides. We never could have found our way in if not for Jon! It is very deserted and a wrong turn could mean hours lost in the dessert. It was Jon's 11th trip in! Tyson had never been so he went with us too. We stopped at a few scenic sites along the way. First stop was the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse which was built in 1918. Noone mans it. It is open for all to see.

I just had to take a picture of this old picture of these brothers standing from tallest to shortest.

us with all our modern electronics sitting in the old school house!

a swing break for Miriam and Sherry

We stopped at the sawmill site on Mt. Trumbull where they cut down trees for the St. George temple. Over a million feet of lumber was used in constructing the building. Much of it was hand-hewn, then hauled from Mt. Trumbull, 80 miles away. It took 5 days to travel the 80 miles to St. George.

We stopped at one of the largest known rock art sites on the Arizona Strip; Nampaweap (Billy Goat Canyon). Nampaweap means "foot canyon" in Paiute. This canyon may have been an important prehistoric travel corridor from the Grand Canyon to the resources of the ponderosa pine country around Mt. Trumbull.
The rock art is all petroglyphs (incised, pecked or etched into the stone) as opposed to pictograph (painted) designs found at other rock art sites. Most of the major prehistoric cultures known to have inhabited this area over the past 10,000 years left symbols on the rocks here. Archaic, Anasazi and Paiute gyphs can all be seen at Nampaweap. It was too cool!!!

lunch break: a bologna sandwich never tasted so good!

 the guys with an old horse drawn road grader.

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