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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Manti-La Sal National Forest

Aloha Everyone,

Happy Pioneer Day!

After visiting camping grounds in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Honu needs minor repairs. J.J. started to make phone calls this morning only to get voice messages, "Closed for the long holiday weekend. Please call back Monday morning." Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 each year. It is a state holiday in Utah to commemorate the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Utah's Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Thanks to our photo assignment, we are now well acquainted with the Manti-La Sal National Forest. This vast forest area covers more than 1.2 million acres. Located mostly in the central and southeastern parts of
Utah, the Manti-La Sal National Forest is divided into Moab & Monticello Districts, Sanpete, Ferron and Price District.

The name La Sal means "the salt" in Spanish. We read in a government publication that early Spanish explorers saw white on the peaks of the mountain range. These explorer did not believe that there would be snow in the summer and thought it must be salt. Thus the name La Sal. The Manti and La Sal National Forests were combined 1949 for more efficient management.

Please enjoy some photographs of La Manti -La Sal National Forest.

Pronounced "man-tie", we saw what appeared to be frozen glaciers on top of the summit at elevation nearly 13,000 ft.

From Aspen to pine tree forests.

Many of the camping grounds were challenging to reach with Honu but well worth getting there.

Spotted alarming smoke in the direction of "our forest."

We were relieved to learn that it was a field fire three cities away and people had been evacuated.

Here is a residential neighborhood of Nephi.

Celebrated Pioneer Day by dining at the only Chinese restaurant in Nephi.

Sweet and sour soup

Vegetarian broccoli with pepper and carrots

Shrimp with vegetable

Aloha -- Cathi