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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Fashioned Food Storage

The root cellar. While I worked hard this summer on feeding
the neighborhood chipmunks our garden, Dean worked really -
really hard on the root cellar. He wanted to keep the cistren
water tank from freezing and what a great idea to also store
foods the old fashioned way. ( I do hope he wasn't expecting
me to GROW the food ) DARN CHIPMUNKS. The broccolli was lookin
sooo good, other vegi's growing. A cat wandered in one day
and we are keeping him! He is friendly and cute to.

He dug - he hauled & stacked rocks - he dug - he hauled
and stacked more..........many more rock. He measured,
suppoted, calculated and planned. It took months to complete
and his little helper Eli was surely hoping for a new hut or

Doesn't it look old fashioned and earthy? ( pretty sure
earthy's not a real word ).

We read that the "new green word" is a Geo-Thermal room that
built right, can even replace the refrigerator in your kitchen.
WHAT! I am going to kick our propane sucking - onion smelling -
space taker upper fridge right out the door to the curb!

Oh, we dont have a curb.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Spider man Pictures

I took soooooo many pictures of my son - son that
if you view them on the camera with the button
held down, it looks like he is climbing up the
wall in a very speedy climb.

A Fact about Ben that someone may not know......
He served 4 years in the Marine corps and has
served and been in many places of our world.
Iraq was one.
He is the strongest kid (adult) that I have ever
known. Physical and mental.
Very proud of the kid (adult)

Check out Skylar Deans huge proud smile.
He kept yelling - Thats my dad !!!!!!