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More Awesome Utah – Images From My Visit – June 2011

Folks, I’ve been remiss for failing to post these pics much sooner than this.  Between a busted computer along with life and motorcycle riding I’ve just been caught up in all sorts of stuff :oops:  I didn’t take the motorcycle on this trip for a few reasons like incredible heat, massive wind, and the fact that I only had a couple weeks’ worth of riding experience :P  Still, it was well worth the time to go and enjoy more of what Utah has to offer :wink:

Now that I’ve gotten around to it, I hope you enjoy the pics and such :thumb:  Don’t forget to click on the pics for full size 8)

24 June 2011 - Panorama - Goblin Valley State Park

24 June 2011 - Panorama - Goblin Valley State Park

24 June 2011 - The Three Sisters in Goblin Valley State Park

24 June 2011 - The Three Sisters in Goblin Valley State Park

24 June 2011 - Valley of the Goblins - Click for full size and look at the people for scale :wink:

24 June 2011 - Valley of the Goblins - Click for full size and look at the people for scale :wink:

 After arriving in Utah at the end of a 10+ hour drive (3 of those hours due to my own :censored: stupidity :evil: ), I settled in for the night at Cindy’s place and got some sleep.  The next day we packed up her car with the two of us, Cindy’s mom, and her 90 year old grandmother for a relatively short trip down to Goblin Valley State Park :)  I love interesting desert landscapes like this :D

Goblin Valley is named for the “goblins” you see in the pics above.  Click here for the park’s website and more info :wink:

25 June 2011 - Entrance to the American West Heritage Center

25 June 2011 - Entrance to the American West Heritage Center

25 June 2011 - Barn and pasture with horses at the American West Heritage Center

25 June 2011 - Barn and pasture with horses at the American West Heritage Center

25 June 2011 - This foal just loved to run :D

25 June 2011 - This foal just loved to run :D

25 June 2011 - Pathway along the creek

25 June 2011 - Pathway along the creek

25 June 2011 - Panorama - The Wasatch Mountains in the distance

25 June 2011 - Panorama - The Wasatch Mountains in the distance

25 June 2011 - The visitors came by horse drawn wagon...

25 June 2011 - The visitors came by horse drawn wagon...

25 June 2011 - And they came by tractor as well!

25 June 2011 - And they came by tractor as well!

25 June 2011 - Wild roses at the American West Heritage Center

25 June 2011 - Wild roses at the American West Heritage Center

 After our visit to Goblin Valley, we headed north past Salt Lake City and spent the night in a hotel.  We wanted to get an early start to the day as we’d planned a few different stops :)  The first stop is the location you see above – the American West Heritage Center :cool:  Now, if you’ve ever thought about what it was like to live on the American Frontier, but wanted to know the truth you’ve got to go there :thumb:  Aside from what you see above, there’s a blacksmith’s shop, a carpenter’s shop, sod house, dugout house, mountain man encampment, Indian village, and quite a bit more.  The people in the shops make truly wonderful crafts and sell the products to help fund the center.  Admission was very affordable and I highly recommend this stop to everyone.  Folks, take your kids and show ‘em what it was like instead of leaving ‘em to read history books in school :wink:

Speaking of living history, wait until you see the pics and video in the next part of this post!

25 June 2011 - Monument at Golden Spike National Historic Site

25 June 2011 - Monument at Golden Spike National Historic Site

25 June 2011 - Monument at Golden Spike National Historic Site

25 June 2011 - Monument at Golden Spike National Historic Site

25 June 2011 - An authentic piece of history from building the Transcontinental Railroad

25 June 2011 - An authentic piece of history from building the Transcontinental Railroad

25 June 2011 - Jupiter and No. 119 on the rails at Promontory Summit

25 June 2011 - Jupiter and No. 119 on the rails at Promontory Summit

26 June 2011 - No. 119 with coal smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - No. 119 with coal smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Jupiter with wood smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Jupiter with wood smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Historic marker for the site of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Historic marker for the site of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - No. 119 with coal smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - No. 119 with coal smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Jupiter with wood smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Jupiter with wood smoke rising at Promontory Summit, UT

26 June 2011 - Controls for No. 119

26 June 2011 - Controls for No. 119

26 June 2011 - Big lumps of coal in the tender for No. 119

26 June 2011 - Big lumps of coal in the tender for No. 119

26 June 2011 - No. 119 and Jupiter face to face

26 June 2011 - No. 119 and Jupiter face to face

26 June 2011 - Info about No. 119 - Click for full size so you can read it :wink:

26 June 2011 - Info about No. 119 - Click for full size so you can read it :wink:

26 June 2011 - Info about Jupiter - Click for full size so you can read it :wink:

26 June 2011 - Info about Jupiter - Click for full size so you can read it :wink:

26 June 2011 - Information about rails and how they've evolved

26 June 2011 - Information about rails and how they've evolved

26 June 2011 - Controls for Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Controls for Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Looking at No. 119 from Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Looking at No. 119 from Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Builder's plate on Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Builder's plate on Jupiter

26 June 2011 - Sand container on No. 119

26 June 2011 - Sand container on No. 119

26 June 2011 - Sand container on No. 119

26 June 2011 - Sand container on No. 119

26 June 2011 - No. 119 just about to start moving

26 June 2011 - No. 119 just about to start moving

After we left the American West Heritage Center, we headed for another history lesson.  This time it was to be a truly historic site with nearly perfect replicas of the machinery of the time to bring it to life :thumb:

The National Park Service operates the Golden Spike Historic Site and the two replica steam locomotives that run there.  On May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Summit just north of the Great Salt Lake.  This rail link was incredibly important to the growth of the west coast of the United States :railroad:

Sadly, but understandably the original locomotives – Jupiter and N0. 119 were scrapped in the 1920′s.  They were worn-out machines of a bygone era that nobody was all that interested in at the time.  The National Park Service decided that they wanted replicas of these engines and approached Walt Disney to see if he could build them.  Walt declined saying he could not give them the realism the project deserved.  Chadwell O’Connor Engineering Laboratories of Costa Mesa, CA stepped in and underbid the government itself while spending twice what the contract paid so that they could do the job right :D

And folks, they got it RIGHT!  I felt like I’d been dropped back in the 1860′s for a couple of minutes as No. 119 huffed past me with the smell of steam and coal smoke wafting on the wind and the sound of the bell and whistle ringing into the distance.  This is another one of those places to take your kids for an experience they won’t forget.  It’s places like Promontory Summit and people like those who keep these locomotives running who allow today’s kids to make a personal connection to what they read in their history classes.  That personal connection can make all the difference when they’re learning to enjoy learning and very likely can be the difference between good grades and wanting to play video games :wink:

Click here for a great deal more information at SteamLocomotive.com :wink:

After the fun and interesting time we’d spent in the past so to speak, Cindy and I headed on over to Crystal Hot Springs to soak in the mineral rich waters :cool:  I didn’t take pictures due to the number of kids around and the possible misgivings of the other visitors, but we had a nice, relaxing soak and felt even better :)  After that we found a hotel nearby and called it a night.

27 June 2011 - Avionics bay in an F-111 at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Avionics bay in an F-111 at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Inert B-61 thermonuclear weapon - I've been told I can't have one :P

27 June 2011 - Inert B-61 thermonuclear weapon - I've been told I can't have one :P

27 June 2011 - F-16 and Old Glory at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - F-16 and Old Glory at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - A-10 Warthog (Glenn's jet's sister :wink: ) and the First Navy Jack
27 June 2011 - SR-71C at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71C at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71C at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71C at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71 start cart at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71 start cart at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71 flight/space suit at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - SR-71 flight/space suit at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Too much good stuff at the Hill Aerospace Museum :cool:

27 June 2011 - Too much good stuff at the Hill Aerospace Museum :cool:

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter info at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - Cushman scooter info at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - B-1B on outdoor display at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - B-1B on outdoor display at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - More good stuff on outdoor display at the Hill Aerospace Museum

27 June 2011 - More good stuff on outdoor display at the Hill Aerospace Museum

 We didn’t actually have plans for our final day up north, so we headed somewhere we’d been before so I could drool all over the floors again :lol:  The last time we went to the Hill Aerospace Museum we only had about 45 minutes to see everything.  This time that wasn’t a problem!  Cindy glanced around and read a book outside for a bit while I appreciated the cool flying machines, but we both had a good time.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering – Yes, I want one of those Cushman scooters :D

Finally we headed back down to Price, UT and kicked back for the evening with a movie.  I really didn’t want to go home so soon, but we can’t always get what we want.  At least it was an overall good trip with wonderful memories that also provided ideas for the next time I head north in search of cool old stuff and new experiences :)

That’s it for this trip report.  Here’s hoping you enjoyed reading it 10% as much as I enjoyed the trip itself and that you also might have learned a bit here and there :wink:  Have a great Tuesday, everyone :mrgreen:

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2 comments to More Awesome Utah – Images From My Visit – June 2011

  • Kath

    I can’t get over that Goblin Park. That is like something straight off a movie set about outer space or something!! Way, way, WAY creepy! Can’t imagine how scary it would be at night when there’s a full moon. They should have Halloween parties there.

    Love the trains, the detail is amazing. And to see that in person is truly the best way to appreciate it.

    Never, ever saw one of those scooters before. Yes, you MUST get one. They don’t sell them in the gift shop? ;) Isn’t Hill AFB just great?!? Plane pics are always fun.

    • Goblin Valley really isn’t creepy in person – really cool actually :cool:

      The trains were fun! You’ve got to go there sometime :wink:

      Yes, I want one of those scooters for short trips – they’d be a blast! And Hill AFB is always awesome :thumb:

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