Saturday, November 1, 2008

Timpanogos--A Place of Outer and Inner Beauty

November 1st, the first day of the blogging frenzy. It reminds me of a beautiful mountain stream, beautiful trees all around, the quietness of mountain grandeur. And then you run across a fish hole, throw in a baited fishing line and wait for the results--dinner. And that reminds me of some wonderful memories of living in such an environment, when the water was clean and the air fresh.

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, it was awesome to go just outside of the city, see the rivers coursing downstream from the glaciers of Mt. Timpanogos towards Utah Lake. The stream had rather strong deadly rapids in spots, then all of a sudden calm, peaceful flows of pristine water. In the upper streams are tributaries to the Provo River running through quaking aspen, mountain grasses and fields of wild flowers. Camp grounds and cabins for nature lovers.

Every morning I could look out the front room window at the peaks of Mt. Timpanogos. The Native American Indians have a story about the mountain. If you look at the peaks it looks like a woman, Timpanogos, laying down. Deep within the mountain are caves that are part of the National Park Service--US Department of the Interior. The story continues that her love had died and she died of a broken heart. In part of the cave is "Tica's Heart."

During the spring and summer, tours groups walk up the mountain path all day long. The caves are so interesting and unique. The path is paved for easy access. The view is breathtaking of the glacier that never melts, mountains that create the range and just a unique splendor that makes it worth the vacation or trip if you live close.

On the links above, are many photos of the cave, the area surrounding it, and other information if you're interested in visiting. Central Utah, a place of calm mountain oases, cold water fishing holes and lakes, great rainbow trout and walks through God's handiwork. I haven't been back in years, but the mind and memories are never too far away.

Join me tomorrow as we go into day 2 of the blogafest, and we'll see what other scenic travel idea we find. For today, think about the places that mean something to you. For me, this month is going to be a month of travel through memories--and share some of the highlights with you.

Abundant blessings!


Donna said...

I enjoyed it Susan, thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of your life with us. And thank you for inviting me to read about it!! God bless you!! Donna xoxo

Servants Heart said...

Hey Susan, this sounds beautiful. I've only seen the Blue Ridge Mountains and I love seeing the leaves change that is so awesome. I wish I could walk the trails but can't anymore. I think Timpanogos would be a great place for children to visit it would a great educational experience and also witness the wonders of God. Great blog post!

Love and Hugs,

Etienne A. Gibbs said...

I was wondering what you meant by "MUD Splats", but found the answer on your blog. Thanks for explaining. Now I don't have to go around wondering.

Thank you for introducing me to Mount Timpanogos, but give me beaches instead. (Hey! That might be a topic for your next blogfest entry.) You're right. The peaks of Mount Timpanogos do look like a woman laying down.

Blogafest? Blogging frenzy? My! How ambitious! Best of luck to you!

Thanks again for your blog and for my mini-education about your part of this world. I'm eager to learn more. So, as a follower, I'll be back often.

Your Humble Servant and Faithful Follower,

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW
Internet Safety Advocate and Educator

Tone said...

Simply beautiful, want to go there one day:)....

Sheila Kline said...

Oh Susan! I feel like I have just taken the most wonderful trip, as I have hung onto every word of this journey, and description of that which is so very beautiful! I can hardly wait until the next posting about it!
How majestic is this mountain. I had never heard about it until this....thank you so very much!
Love and Hugs!!!
Sheila, Along for the Trip!

The Surrendered Scribe said...

I'm a girl who left her heart at the Adirondacks so what a nice treat this was to read.

Way to go on NaBloPoMo AND NaNoWriMo. WOW.