5.01.2009

::wandering:: toroweap grand canyon

We have a new goal! We've realized how little we've been getting out lately...the jobs, the dogs, short weekends, too tired, etc. Excuses, excuses, excuses. So now we're re-dedicated to exploring our backyard before something happens and we have to leave it. We bought this book*a few weeks ago at Cosco, before realizing it didn't include Utah. It's okay...close enough. We've been pouring through it the last few weeks, marking things that sounded fun, so last weekend we packed our tent and headlamps and hit the road!

So, first stop: Toroweap. Toroweap is a part of the Grand Canyon where the North and South Rim are the closest - it's crazy remote - not at all like the main parts of the park. The drive is on dirt roads the whole way - but it's totally worth it. We got out there and snagged the last campsite inside the park, started our fire, pitched our tent, and enjoyed some tasty chicken tin foil dinners. After a solid nights sleep, we woke up early (thanks, husband!) to eat breakfast (homemade granola and yogurt) out on the rim in the wind.

After hiking through the wildflowers and exploring different parts of the rim, we headed back to camp and got packed up. We left the park a different way that we came in so that we could explore parts of the "Polygamy Tour" from our book! We stopped at Pipe Springs National Monument, a mini oasis that played a small part in polygamist history. There was a spring that ran in the middle of the desert where a small ranch and fort were built. In the mid 1800s, when US Marshalls were trying to use polygamist wives as evidence against their husbands, they would be sent to Pipe Springs to "hide out". One well-known wife said, "I was sent to jail to keep my husband out." Apparently, she didn't like it too well out there. It was an interesting place, but we especially liked the layout of the fort - and the courtyard!
Next was the REAL polygamist action. We went to check out Centennial Park, an area where modern day polygamists live - these are folks who weren't necessarily born into polygamy, but have chosen that as a life they want to live - amazingly HUGE houses! We drove to Colorado City (former home of Warren Jeffs) and actually drove around the town! I was way more weirded out by this than Husband - all the times I've driven through Colorado City, I've never driven on more than just the highway passing through. (This is the town that they visit on Dateline, only to see doors swinging shut everywhere they turn.) I see polyamists all of the time at our Wal-Mart, but it was very strange to see them outside, hanging around. I think hoeing is a girls job in 'rado City because we saw lots of girls hoeing around the sidewalks. (Like, I mean, literally. With a hoe.) Then we stopped for some grub at the Merry Wives Cafe. I really wanted to take a picture in front of the mural with the three wives doing work outside (for our sur la mur photos) but ::he:: convinced me that would not be a good idea. I agreed, especially once I saw a guy SITTING BEHIND US that I'd seen WHILE WE WERE DRIVING THROUGH TOWN! Coincidence? I think not!
Then we headed home. It was a quick trip, but great to get out without the dogs. If you ever want to visit, just request the "Polygamy Trip" and we'll show you around!

1 comment:

The Merk-ster said...

There is a sweet hike behind Colorado City and Hilldale - Water Canyon. You hike up next to (or in) the creek. I hear if you go all the way to the top of mesa, it gets even better. We have yet to make it that far. This should be added to your polygamy tour because it adds something to be able to meet our neighbors on the trail.

p.s. we love toroweep. we have pictures on the same rocks!

 
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