Makes me wonder…

Why are we so dependent on our utilities?

We had a storm come through at 2:14 AM and we, along with 390 other customers, lost power for nearly 12 hours. It was starting to get cold in the house as the gas furnace needs electricity for the pumps. The battery operated sump pump nearly depleted it’s battery. The basement did not flood, it couldn’t because the water would flow out the garage door like it did the first mid winter thaw we had some 25 years ago. I was ready to go out and buy a generator when the power came back on.

Still thinking about a generator…..

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Gun owners are guilty until proven innocent!

Colorado enacts ‘red flag’ law to seize guns from those deemed dangerous, prompting backlash

This sucks! As I understand it, nearly anyone can attest to a made up fact that a gun owner is dangerous and his guns will be taken away in violation of the second amendment. The gun owner will have to prove to the state he is not dangerous.

Damn them, I have my compound and re-curve bows and I can still use them effectively.

I’m fairly sure that criminals will turn in other criminals with this law in place. Yea right, keep dreaming.

Read the report, It will disgust you.

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Petrified Sand Dunes

Southwest Utah is known for having, and showing plainly, strata from all geologic periods.  Snow Canyon, ten miles northwest of St. George, is included in a state park featuring giant Navajo sandstone petrified dunes accented here and there with big messy piles of black volcanic rocks, all in a wide open valley with vistas and sunshine all day long. Looking north in late March:

A dune can be a quarter-mile long, hundreds of yards across, and a couple hundred yards high.  Yet it is easy to climb, being nicely-ridged, hence providing good footing.  No technical arts are necessarily required; just scramble up and look around many of them.  Cloud shadows dramatize the hills across the valley floor:

The Snow Canyon dunes, like all the formations exposed in Utah, have one thing in common with snowflakes: no two are alike, as far as we know. Looking south from the top of a dune we see an outrageous formation:

John Wayne starred as Genghis Khan in an interesting-looking 1956 movie filmed in part in Snow Canyon.  I’m sure the best scenes must have been shot there so I have put popcorn on the shopping list for when the library coughs up The Conqueror.

We merely climbed a handy dune and ate sandwiches under a brilliant blue sky with cool breezes caressing us from all directions, each originating in a hypnotizing vista.  None of us had imagined anything like this fantastic and beautiful place.

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