Fun Utah Facts
The name Utah comes from the Native American Ute Tribe and means people of the mountain. Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef. Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep. Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-Lasal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache. Utah has two national recreational areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon. Utah covers 84,900 square miles of land and is ranked 11th largest state. The Great Salt Lake, which is about 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, covers more than a million acres. Of the 50 states, Utah has the youngest population; one of the highest birth rates; the second lowest death rate; the heathiest population; the hightest literacy rate; the highest percent of high school graduates; and the highest number of people with a college education.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Big Sky Basin
Montana, is big sky country. My son in-law Mike has huge family ties in Montana.
I hope someday to get a blog from my Mayberry on a trip they took there. Hint.
I must nominate the Uinta Basin for the second runner up award. Headed east on
hwy 40 from Fruitland, across the Freedom Bridge(Starvation Resevoir)into Duchesne is so awesome a sky. It never fails to show some kind of beauty as far as the eye can see. Majestic never ending views of fluffy white, lined with dark grey, big clouds against a picture perfect blue sky. Some days when a storm is brewing the heavy black clouds hang seemingly to the ground, a space opens up for a beam of
pure golden light that needs to shine on the scene. They say world famous artists come to Utah to capture our sky, the colors and backgrounds. I have enclosed a couple of pics that I hope work, but a camera will not capture the sight. The sky
is bigger than any lens. The last pic is of Freedom bridge. You just have to look
real close to see it.