Friday, July 16, 2010

Day Fourteen - Moab UT to Ogden UT - July 12, 2010

It is hard to follow the mountain scenery we saw yesterday, but today north of Moab has more to offer.  We successfully navigate the construction of widening the highways and get to Century RV Park in Ogden UT, which has a swimming pool and weather that lends itself to a dip.  No time for that, however, as we are looking forward to spending as much time as we can with our long time friends, Karl and Emily Bailey from Louisiana.    They pick us up and we drive up the mountain to see some of the residential areas, as well as condos for skiers.  (We did see snow on some mountains on our travel earlier today.)  We stop at one restaurant which appears to be 'fine dining' for the casually dressed, but they are closed for a private party and do not invite us in.  We find The Oaks Restaurant set beside a mountain stream, and are seated at an outside table beside the rushing stream.  Hummingbirds visit us -- but not too close -- as they are headed for the flowers in the garden.     

    What a great place to continue our visit.  I think if Emily had brought her fishing pole, she and I would have been down by the water trout fishing, as it is one of her passions.  First time for Herb and me to have bison, and it is served with sweet potatoes.  What a feast!  As we return to Ogden, we pass a waterfall, then Karl drives us through the downtown square area, where the young and old are still out walking around after 9 o'clock in the evening.  The town is preparing for a rodeo, and display some painted horse statues on the street corners.  I like the one with ice cream cones painted on the side, but see too late for a photo op.  In the short time that Karl and Emily have been on location in Utah for Karl's consulting job, they have made great friends.  Emily volunteers at the hospital, using one of her special talents of hair styling to serve the patients who are not ambulatory.  They will complete the work here and move back to Rayne LA in Cajun Country later in the month.  I will ask Emily to send me a picture of the trout she catches this week.

Willie of Walldog, Willie and Jake

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