Monday, September 28, 2009


After passing so many amazing sites, (see earlier posts), the Mormon pioneers came to this! Scouting up and down the Colorado River gorge showed no easier way, so they chiseled and blasted this crevice wide enough, and with ropes, pulleys and manpower as their main equipment, lowered 80 wagons and 1000 head of cattle down the 1200 foot drop, then built ferries to take them across the 300 foot wide Colorado River. WOW!

Along the walls, some of those pioneers left their mark, including the date. Today this would be considered graffiti, but not those names! Some were big and bold and seemed to say, "we were here, and we are committed and up to any challenge required of us in the name of our faith and our God." It is a humbling experience to stand on this spot and see what men (and women), can accomplish with faith and tenacity. Can we say the same??

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chimney Rock


The pioneers past many awe inspiring sites on the way to Hole in the Rock. This spire stands alone & is surrounded by miles of flat prairie land. I tried to imagine a covered wagon or a hand cart sitting here instead of our little RZR & I chuckle when I wonder what those pioneers would think if they could see us zipping along and covering in a few hours what took them many, many months. And, at this point they still had no idea what they had waiting ahead of them!!! (See past post)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dance Hall Rock



A group of Mormon pioneers were sent by Brigham Young to southern Utah to colonize an area that became known as Bluff. They started from a point now known as Escalante and shortly into their journey camped near this huge, flat rock. Being in great spirits, and not realizing the challenge that lay ahead, they called this place 'Dance Hall Rock' where they enjoyed nightly dances and fiddle music under the protection of this natural alcove.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Morning at Devil's Garden

The three of us (Jeff, myself, and the RZR), took a quickie belated anniversary jaunt down to a few of our favorite places in southern Utah. This was taken on the road to Hole in the Rock. (More about that later.) Today it's clean up, laundry and canning.......no picture taking!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A New Day

I've mentioned before how I love having no drapes or blinds on our VERY large bedroom window. (Don't worry, we have no backyard neighbors, and our bedroom is second floor high!) This morning the room brightens with a hint of a new day. The light wakes me up, I roll over and see a beautiful sky and catch a glimpse of a beautiful morning sunrise. I sit up to get a better view, and this is the scene that greets me. I hurry out of bed, grab my camera and step out onto the deck, (door to deck conveniently located in our bedroom), to savor the moment and take a picture or two.
It's going to be a GREAT day!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I've Been Shunned!

Well, here is my sunflower collection for the year, although I have to say I'm a bit irritated with the results of my gardening efforts. To be honest, this is the first year I've ever planted sunflowers and stupid me, I ASSUMED that the reason they were called sunflowers was because they followed the sun. So I planted them on the east side of our house facing our back deck. I ASSUMED that by mid afternoon they would all be facing west giving us a glorious splash of color in our backyard that we could enjoy from the deck. I've spent all spring/summer watering and weeding and keeping the bugs away, and I end up with a sunflower garden which permanently faces the vacant field behind our yard. Every time I look at them I feel shunned, ignored.....and after all I've done for them!!! And that's why a lot of my photos are from behind. I had to go out in the field for the rest. Hmmm...... maybe Jeff was right when he said I probably planted the seeds backwards. Oh well, hope you enjoy them.

















Friday, September 11, 2009

Touched By An Angel!


Happy Birthday Gabe! We just heard the exciting news that you will be a big brother in a few months! How blessed and honored we are to be your eternal family.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A BEAUTIFUL Bride!








Wow! Where have the past 6 weeks gone! I know where...getting ready for Dalin & Emily's wedding. We all worked like crazy to make it happen that quickly and our efforts paid off big time. The day was perfect from the breakfast at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, then the beautiful wedding ceremony at the Salt Lake Temple, and finally the garden reception in our backyard. Here are a few of my favorite bridal photos that I took. For those of you who did not get my email and would like to see more, here's the link: http://karenlarsen.smugmug.com/Families-Are-Forever/Dalin-and-Emily/Emily-Bridal/9432351_oABFZ/1/632465324_LnmZr