August 22, 2014 To Beaver

Before leaving this morning we have an early breakfast at Hell’s Backbone Grill. Everything
seems a bit super-sized, giant toast, thick bacon. We are quite full from what we could eat of it.

Good thing because circumstances transpired to keep us from lunch until 3 PM.

Our original plan had been to take a combination of scenic byways and dirt roads to Beaver, UT. When he was checking out John asked the proprietor about the condition of the dirt roads due to some rain recently. He was warned not take the dirt roads due to extreme downpours in the region. so now we have to rethink our day.

Signposts for the Boulder Mountain Lodge
Signposts for the Boulder Mountain Lodge

Sunflower at Boulder Mountain Lodge
Sunflower at Boulder Mountain Lodge

We start off traveling north on UT-12. As was true yesterday the scenery is spectacular . We pull into many viewpoints where as usual people feel compelled to talk to me. Tidbits from today – one woman is so excited that we are from St. George because she is from Cedar City. Cedar City is 50 miles north of St. George. We are not neighbors. Another lady who was in the lady’s room at the same time as I explained that towels were better than hot air machines since the air can blow the flora from your hands up to six feet away. She also mentioned that she was a scientist. I have some weird attraction that makes people want to talk to me. They can’t help themselves.

Any way, the trip over Boulder Mountian is beautiful and we see deer and chipmunks scurrying across the road and cows on the verge looking at us balefully.

View of the land that we traveled over yesterday from atop Boulder Mtn.
View of the land that we traveled over yesterday from atop Boulder Mtn.

It is really chilly up here
It is really chilly up here

A cow gives us a look
A cow gives us a look

Coming down the other side of Boulder Mtn.
Coming down the other side of Boulder Mtn.

Our new plan is to visit Capitol Reef NP. We stop for photos along the way and drive the scenic drive. We have to avoid the washes since there are flash flood warnings.
Twin Rocks - the two on the left look like they are gossiping about the one on the right who is yelling
Twin Rocks – the two on the left look like they are gossiping about the one on the right who is yelling
View
View

At the Visitor's Center
At the Visitor’s Center

Another view
Another view

The only other place we stop at on our ride to Beaver is Antimony because who can resist a place named after an element. John thinks the town motto should be, “Antimony-It’s elementary.”
Antimony - It's Elementary!
Antimony – It’s Elementary!

Antimony probably has a population of about 40 people, no wonder the USPS is going bankrupt!
Antimony probably has a population of about 40 people, no wonder the USPS is going bankrupt!

We drive and drive and drive. There is no place to eat lunch. Reaching Beaver around 3 PM we have a quick lunch and scope out the town. There is no place to eat dinner. We finally decide on a trip to the local liquor store, Beaver Liquor, and the grocery store and end up eating dinner in the room.

Tomorrow we are off for Great Basin NP in Nevada!

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