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.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Face of a graduated swimmer

Eli has been in swim lessons for the last 8 days.
We got up early and went to the library in hope
the internet was up (they have had big problems)
and then off to his lessons. After his lessons
I dressed him in the Trooper and we went to
Duchesne high for the school lunch program. It
is a free lunch program for kids ( usually in
the park). It is a great program.

From there we strapped on Eli's bike helmet
and rode our bikes at the high school, the
park and through the neighborhoods to his
elementary school (in the fall of 2010).
It has a great fun playground and he typically
begged for me to quit playing and continue our
bike ride. The age requirement for swim lessons
is 5 but they wanted to see how he may do at 4
years old. On the second day the teacher said he
is doing good but not listening as well as he did
on the first day, so I let him know if he didnt
listen to his teacher there will be no more bike
rides. They told me he was one of the best listeners
ever. He loved the bike rides and we will continue
them 1 day a week till the snow flies ( shutter )

Some days we went back to the library and some days
we went to the river walkway and soaked our feet
in the strawberry river. All days I was wiped out
but so was he. we ate ice cream cones and I think
he had a lot of fun.

He graduated as a level 1 swimmer.
I am still wiped out.

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