The National Parks Service is my favorite Government Agency With a great ethic. I hope the present administration doesn't destroy it.
We left Cedar City and drove down to St. George, UT. (by the way St.
George, UT is not named for our President or his father and of course it
is not named for his eventual successor, Jeb) At our instructions Susan
had sent our mail there. The Post Office holds general delivery mail for
30 days before returning to sender. St. George is a growing retirement
community. The winters are short and mild, still to much winter for
us but we weren't staying long.
We camped at the Snow Canyon State Park with water and electric.
When we first got to St. George it was warm and we had the opportunity to attend one of our favorite camping entertainment's. In the canyon next to Snow Canyon is an outdoor amphitheater where a local musical "Utah" was playing. Throughout America there are outdoor theaters designed for performances of musical theater based on local history. In Cherokee North Carolina we saw "The Trail of Tears", on the Outer Banks we saw "The Lost Colony", in West Virginia we saw "The Hatfields and McCoys" as well as a musical about the secession of West Virginia from Virginia and in Ohio we saw "Tucumsah". If you are ever in an area that has these shows, it would be a shame to miss them. Check the triple "A" or other guide books whenever you travel. Better yet check a library or book store somebody may have written a guide book to the more popular venues.
"Utah" was about Jacob Hamblin a local Mormon hero who smoothed relations
between the Mormon's and local Piute Indians. Included in the large cast
are horses and wagons which are ridden across the open air stage (they
also take care of business so cast members are always running out with
a large shovel). The music and acting isn't always the greatest but the
performance has always been educational and entertaining. Many times the
theater is designed just for the historical show and this one was no exception.
"Utah" included a flood scene, when the dam broke, off stage, there was
an entire river flowing across the stage. Other more conventional shows
are performed at these theaters using the central portion of the stage
but we have never attended any. One unique feature of this theater was
its charter performing arts high school.
One morning with dark and forbidding sky we went for our morning constitutional and got caught in a rain and hailstorm. The hail was a little larger then pea size. By the time we got back to the trailer, about a mile and a half, I had covered my head with my wet sweat shirt to stop the hail pelting me in the head. As you may have guessed when we were fifty feet from the trailer the hail and rain stopped but the weather turned much colder. We were glad we had gone to the show while it was still balmy.
While we were in St. George we also had the opportunity to visit a Dinosaur track dig. A local optician clearing his land with a back hoe found and recognized the tracks. Now he is trying to preserve them.
The neighbors these days are much smaller.
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