Sunday, August 24, 2008
We went to church with Ryan, Teresa, and Haylee this morning. After church, we took naps before going over to Jayson and Heidi's home for dinner and to watch the closing show for the Olympics.
The dinner was great... we had grilled teriaki steak and chicken, with rice and some great salads to round it out. Katy and Joy were also there!
After dinner, we layed around and watched the Olympic closing show while playing "Fat Dog". The show was kind of disappointing but the Olympics were great... what I got to see of them in the motels at night (what were we thinking taking a road trip during the Olympics with a ten foot HD screen at home????)
Tomorrow we will move to Jayson and Heidi's for a few days while Ryan and Teresa get ready to go to Disneyland. I am not sure yet whether we will get to go or not... We have to figure out the rest of our trip tomorrow.
Well I am going to bed so I can get up early in the morning and help J Dawg cater a gig for the BYU Football team.
They selected 3 girls and 3 guys to go to the finals... the 3 girls they chose were younger than 11 years old! It was pretty obvious the judges were going for the cutesy factor for the Boyz To Men show (where the finals are held this week). We were quite disappointed because Katy should clearly have been a finalist with her excellent performance... but she was OK with it when it was over... Heidi and Jayson enjoying the show.
After the show we all went out to CPK for dinner... it was a fun night.
Today we spent the entire day in the Family History Library... Well actually, I dropped Deb off at around 8:30 am than I went back to the hotel for a couple more hours of sleep... we didn't get into the motel This morning until almost 1:00 am.
After my nap, I joined Deb and helped her do some research. I also did some research for Valerie Schomburg (with no success).
Deb had a lot of success and I was able to find some information on her Ford County, Illinois folks in the books on the third floor.
Tonight we surprised Haylee by getting to her house a day earlier than we told her we would be there... It was great to see her again.
I also got to go to Springville to deliver a bed to Jayson and Heidi's and sneak a peek at Mae Mae... Don't tell grandma!
Tomorrow, Katy sings!
Just outside Vernal, Utah, we decided to visit the Nation Dinosaur Monument... It was very hot his afternoon they had cancelled the walks to the fossil beds...
but we did visit the visitor center where we saw this actual femor bone from a dinosaur dug from the fossil beds near here...
and then we took the auto tour... this is an area where the limestone has been forced up in an area known as Tilted Rock on the Green River... It would have been interesting to witness the forces that were involved in this kind of rock bending...
At the very end of the road, we found this cabin that was built by Josie Basset Morris...
She was a very interesting woman and lived in this cabin for 50 years...
Just behind the cabin was the most amazing box canyon, which was use by Josie as a natural corral for her pigs... she just fenced off the narrow entrance to the canyon and she had a perfect corral with walls close to 1500 feet high!
We hiked the half mile to the end of the canyon and were blessed with this incredible view lit by the late afternoon sun... Those are full sized trees in the floor of the canyon...
My rock girl fell in love with this boulder that she wanted me to air lift home for her... I told her that we would just have to come back and visit... it was a very peaceful place... Deb said it would have been her Sacred Grove.
Before we left Vernal, we stopped to photograph the Temple... it is very unique in it's look, but I really liked it!
It was a very long drive in the dark down the canyon to Salt Lake City... many warning signs about deer and elk crossing the highway... I took it very easy... that would not be good for the Mini!