St. George, Utah 7/2-4/22

We are staying in St. George, UT for three days before continuing our northward trek. We are staying at The Inn at Entrada which has rental condos and is just across the street from where we used to have a home. We like being able to cook most of our own meals and be close to the tennis courts.

Front of our rental unit

Front doorway

Kitchen/dining area

John in the great room with Clark and Lewis

Back patio and view

During the three days we are here we do pretty much what we do at home except in beautiful red rock country. The scenery here is so extraordinary that just a trip to the grocery store is a fabulouse experience. Here are a couple of things you can look at coming home from getting groceries.

My favorite, Red Mountain. I took this photo this afternoon riding home from Harmon’s grocery store.

This isn’t my photo of Snow Canyon State Park but the park is only about a mile from where we are staying

As I said our days are pretty much like our days at home. We get up early and play tennis. We need to be on the court by 7 AM because otherwise it is too hot! Every day we have been here the temperature is over 100F. It is usually around 75F-80F at 7 AM. It makes for a very long morning. We go out for lunch and mosey around for a while looking at stuff mostly from the confines of our air conditioned car. We lived here off and on for eighteen years so it always is interesting to see what is new.

And so much is new! St. George was named the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States recently. There is building going on everywhere. Our little outpost by Snow Canyon used to be fairly isolated but now more houses are being built and another resort is going in right next door. The traffic has become heavy even during the summer when the heat usually made St.George a ghost town. We used to know pretty much everyone at Entrada and now we know almost no one. I have no idea where the water is going to come from for the increase in population. This is a desert here and the government both locally and state do not seem to have a plan. The big reservoirs of Lake Mead and Lake Powell are at historic lows. In the meantime building continues apace.

Here’s some stuff we looked at-

A giant spider partially made out of license plates in front of Morgan Pest Control.

Sadly our tennis courts are falling into disrepair as the Pickleball fans are now trying to take over the third of what used to be our four tennis courts.
This is the infamous Indian creating a petroglyph sculpture near to our old house. Once we climbed up to be with the Indian in the dark. I stepped into the sloping edge to the far right of the the sculpture and fell off.. Ow!

We also take a look at our old house. We listed it for sale furnished. The people who bought it wanted it exactly as we had it. Not only did they want the furniture but also our sheets, our pots and pans, our dishes and silverware, our artwork, everything. We had to fight with them to allow us to take the pottery we had collected. We peeked in one time and it was exactly like we left it. Today we can see they are still using our patio furniture but we are afraid to go up and peer in the windows.

Our old house with somewhat overgrown landscaping

Another view

The view of the back of our house (center) from across the pond. The pond seems to have a major alga problem

We end each day in St. George with a happy hour of popcorn and wine and a dinner that we cook ourselves. We brought along a suitcase full of kitchen essentials so that we could make meals here. On the first night we had chicken wings and cole slaw.

On the second night we had penne with shrimp and broccoli

Sunday was the third cooking night. Sunday is always make-your-own breakfast for dinner. John made a flat open-faced omelet with bacon, onion, mushrooms, and cheese. I made this vegetable stir-fry with scrambled eggs.

We go traditional for the Fourth of July with hamburgers, tater tots, and cole slaw

On Tuesday we are on the road again, destination Pocatello, Idaho. It is one of our longer driving days but we hope to get out and see a few sights along the way.

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