Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 136 - Utah Rocks - Cedar City - See What You See

I have a saying, See what you see so you can say what you saw.  We were seeing alot!

On the way from Salt Lake City (SLC) through Mona we headed toward Cedar City.  It rained the entire way and a three and a half hour trip took five hours.  The roads near SLC were in the middle of construction and weaved back and forth across old lines so for a four lane highway it was hard to tell which lane to stay in so as to not run into the other cars. But what was ahead was my pleasure.  Speed Limit signs that started at 70mph, then further south they were 75mph and about an hour south they were 80mph!!!  I can't drive 55 and I was loving Utah already.  80mph is about what I drive anyway.  Actually it is always been 7mph above the posted speed limit.  (Remember the advice from the Maryland State Trooper Official?) I was happier than a pig in mud. The right thing to do was to go the speed limit Woohoo! Did I mention I love Utah already?

As we drove to Mona, we stopped to take photos of birds on the fences.  We thought it was one kind of bird but when we looked at the photos of the birds and they were many different kinds of birds we had never seen before.  One lady at the convenience store said they sing a song like this: "Suuuuuuuchhhh aaaaaaaa [now sing the last words really fast] pretty little bird."  That was exactly how they sang. After much research we discovered it was a Western Meadowlark which sounds different than an Eastern Meadowlark.  We also saw Western Bluebirds.  (Can you tell we were in the west?)

Western Meadowlark

Western Bluebird

We also saw Horned Larks and it was like being a kid in the candy store.  We had never seen so many different birds before. Utah has 291 birds, more than Florida's 286 birds so we knew this was going to be quite a treat.

Horned Lark

House Finch
We finally arrived to our destination and found out that Cedar City is the home of the Utah's Famous Shakespeare Festival.  It is what literally keeps the town afloat.  They make so much money during the week of the festival that it allows them to stay in business throughout the rest of the year.  We checked into Amid Summers Inn where we were greeted with lemon bars. Mmmmmmm  The Inn is going through a transformation from the Victorian to the Renaissance to align itself with the Shakespearean theme.  And of course we stayed in the room for all birders...the Peacock room.  It was a bird filled day and I was chirping with delight. I leave you with some photos of the Inn...saying what I saw.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare
Peacock Room - our room

Beautiful Victorian Furniture

Dining Room
Peacock Room Bed

Teacups on the Wall (reminds me of Grandma)
It's better to die doing good than to live doing evil. ~ Brigham Young

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