Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Weather and Travel

The monsoons have been a hit or miss situation this summer. Several storms have passed through, some only leaving a trace of rain and others up to a quarter-inch. The have been pounding the east side of the valley with up to three inches and they need it. Last night we received a good inch and it helped a lot to settle the dust. A 20% chance of rain today.

We were out of town over last weekend. We drove to St. George, Utah, through Laughlin and Las Vegas. It took about nine hours and my nephew's place was a welcome sight. We left our car there and Russ, the nephew, drove on up to the foothills of the Uintas for a family reunion. The weather was absolutely perfect and the scenery was divine driving through the mountains of central Utah. The weather in my old hometown of Altonah was refreshing. That evening the wind picked up pretty good and the temperature dropped to about 55 degrees. Did I say refreshing? It was downright cold to us as we shivered through at the 8,000 foot level.

We stayed at a motel in Roosevelt. The town looked prosperous compared to the last time we were there with many new businesses and large houses added. We had a good day in the Party Pasture with about 70 relatives there celebrating our reunion with visiting, games for the kiddies, and an auction for the adults and older kids.

We traveled through Ferron, Clawson, Huntington, and Price. Many of my mother's relatives were born and lived in those areas. My cousin was Curator of the Natural History Museum in Price before he passed away. Price is a coal-mining town and several relatives worked in the mines off and on.

We took a different route back to St. George on Utah 6 highway and back to I-15. We picked up our car a couple days later and went through northern Arizona, the Kaibabs, Marble Canyon over the Colorado River and down through Flagstaff to Phoenix. We were having lunch at Cameron Station when it rained hard for about a half hour and we had sprinkles and light showers down into the Valley of the Sun. Marble Canyon is a beautiful cliff that runs for miles and is well worth seeing if you get the chance.

And a good time was had by all!!


  1. We've got a lot more rain than usual and we always get at least 80 inches a year. Not sure how far ahead we are now.

  2. You've had an over-abundance this year, Charles!

  3. Sounds like a fun time. We are finally experiencing cool nights here, several in the high 40s. Better rains this year also. Did you find a setting for another story?

    1. Nah, I'm still working on one set in central Utah. We received another much-needed inch of rain yesterday and a small amojunt this morning. The monsoon is finally kicking in.