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.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
What a peaceful walk I took today. I grabbed the sled, the camera and of course the baby and Shelby the dog followed. We have had a lot of sunshine this mild winter and until this morning we were down to mud (yucky). On our side of the mountain it was gray and misty, on our road and 15 minutes later walking, was a pure blue - yet cloudy sky. Check out the suns rays. I guess a little closer to heaven is also a little closer to melanoma. We all need sun pro even in winter. I did'nt expect to walk into such direct sunlight. The only thing missing I realized was my mom. She loves the fresh falling snow and I miss her. It was a picture perfect warm snow day.