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.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pioneering or Crazy People ?

We now live in a very remote - heavily wooded - beautiful area with no
utillities. It's not from lack of hard work or financing. But we are
humbled by the pioneers and there strength at each hardship and what
they had to do just to survive. We haul water in jugs, in our Isuzu
Trooper and ( luckily ) not by covered wagon,horse back, or foot !
It's awful hard to to cook-n-clean with limited water that needs to be
heated for dishes and the babies(Eli)bath each night. We go into town
once a week to do laundry and get food for the week (45 miles - round
trip) while pioneer women dug in the snow for Sego Lily Bulbs. No need
to compare the washboard and a river. At least our awesome almost finished cabin/house was in place . Can't even imagine builing a place out of sticks
rocks - and mud, just to survive the winter. We have limited power
most due to the fact our wind generator blew down, but Eli gets a good mix
of movies, playing with his bazillion toys, and the great out door activities. Thanks to Dean and my techi Cody- Yody, I am writing this with a gas powered generator and Sprint Mobile Broadband. I may not have water but I have
internet. Signal can be a problem and some days I'm not able to connect and
read my Favorite Blobs ! Last - but not least - the outhouse - WE HAVE ONE !
How lucky are we ?


  1. Okay I would be screaming if I wasn't in a hotel lobby right now!! MY SISTER HAS A BLOG!!!!!!!

    I'm so proud of my cool sis!! It looks awesome!!

  2. I LOVE IT! How exciting is this! The cabin is fantastic- so cozy. U guys have done so much to make everything work. It is hard now but hopefully things will get easier.

  3. Babs - you guys are the coolest people I know!! I'm so proud of you and your efforts. You are simply amazing!

  4. Your new life sounds so exciting to me! I know it's lots of hard work, but it gives you the chance to experience so many things that most people never will. And...hey...I was raised to believe that a little hard work never hurt anyone!