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Utah Again, Day 1: Venezuela

sunny 120 °F

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Flora was, as always, very helpful in our packing process.

This year, we are going to Brian Head, Utah again with more of Catherine's family: her parents, her brother Nick and his wife Crystalynne and their kids, and her Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary's family. Her brother Fr. Michael will also be joining us for part of the trip. It is exciting to be back with a larger group!

We picked up some pastries in Tehachapi at a German bakery, and also got some bierocks to have as our group dinner.

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In Las Vegas it was extremely hot and extremely crowded. We tried for some time to find parking, which was difficult. We wanted to go to Cornish Pasty Co., but there was no parking to be found anywhere nearby. Instead, we found a place called Viva Las Arepas, which is Venezuelan food. They had empanadas (which are of course very similar to pasties) and arepas, which seem more like a sandwich. It was very good, and we will probably go back another time when we are on our way through Las Vegas.

By the time we finished dinner it was dark, and we journeyed through Nevada, the northwestern-most tip of Arizona, and southern Utah in the darkness, reaching our destination at 12:30. We had to check in with the security guard, and we were exhausted. We're very excited about the upcoming trip!

Posted by danielcatherine 19:33 Archived in USA Tagged las_vegas arizona cat utah flora venezuela nevada empanadas selma arepas pasties bierocks tehachapi Comments (1)

A Note to Our Readers/ Utah Day 6, 7, and 8

We apologize for not having finished our blog last year. We had a poor internet connection, and then when we got home various responsibilities made it hard to finish the blog and it kind of slipped our minds. However, we are now starting another trip and would like to blog about it, so we felt we should recap the last three days of last year's trip.

Utah Day 6: July 10th, 2020
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We went for a hike at Cedar Breaks, which was relaxing after the heat and intensity of Zion the day before.
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The short hike provided some amazing views.
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We went for a drive and saw the nearby lakes.
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Then we tried Sasquatch Donuts. It is the strangest doughnut place we've seen, but one of the best. It seems that there is constantly a DJ and dancing going on, and that the doughnuts are delicious.

Utah Day 7: July 11th, 2020
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We went on a drive around the area, past Cedar Breaks and the lakes. It was interesting exploring the overall area.
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We ate at a Chinese restaurant in Parowan...
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That had images from old books on the table. Apparently they're concerned about witches...
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We also tried Cheerwine, one of the sodas we bought at the grocery store. It was delicious!

Utah Day 8: July 12th, 2020
This was the day we left. Anthony and Katie's car began to make awful brake noises as we approached Las Vegas, so we ended up stuck in Las Vegas for about four hours. What would you do with four hours in Vegas? Apparently go to a small Mexican restaurant and then sit in a tire shop.
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We will be updating the blog for our trip this year, where we seem to have much better internet access.

Posted by danielcatherine 19:32 Archived in USA Tagged las_vegas utah chinese tires doughnuts sasquatch parowan brian_head cheerwine Comments (0)

Utah Day 1: Mountain Meadows

sunny 113 °F

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Flora was a lot of help with our packing!
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We stopped in Las Vegas at Cornish Pasty Co.. We have gone there before, to the location in Flagstaff, but this was our first time visiting the Las Vegas location. Usually we go to Flagstaff in the winter, when the weather is between 0 and 15 Fahrenheit. In Las Vegas today it was 113, so not usual "pasty weather" for us. The pasties were wonderful as they always are in Flagstaff. We will stop by on our way back to pick up some half-baked pasties to freeze and have at home.
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We diverged from the path to visit the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. It was a very sad event in history and it was amazing to see where it actually happened. It was a beautiful location and it's sad to think that such awful things happened in such a peaceful seeming location.
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The memorial, sadly, seemed a bit sanitized and doesn't go into much detail about what happened. The original memorial had a cross, which reflected the Christian faith of the victims of the massacre, and the current memorial does not. We both thought that the cross should be replaced. Nevertheless, it is good that there is a memorial there at all. The flags are the United States and the flag of Arkansas, which was the point of origin for the people killed in the massacre.
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This is supposed to be the old wagon road, and the ruts are still visible in how the grass grows. It makes it easy to imagine wagon trains coming through this location.

We arrived in Brian Head, where we are staying, late. Our room is very nice, and we are staying at a very high elevation which will help us get acclimated for our hikes.

Posted by danielcatherine 14:59 Archived in USA Tagged las_vegas utah flora arkansas massacre pasties mountain_meadows Comments (0)

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