See if you can find 16 acorns in the photo above. By the way, do you know how many acorns grow on the average pine tree? None, acorns don't grow on pine trees! :-) However, in a good year, one OAK tree can produce thousands of acorns.
Click on oak trees to learn more about America's national tree. Then watch the YouTube video below to see how an acorn grows into an oak tree.
Now that's a miracle!
Recently my photographer and I traveled to the beautiful state of Utah. Below is a brief summary of our trip
Day 1 - We flew to Utah on Southwest Airlines. It was a smooth flight with delicious peanuts. By the way, did you know the peanut plant flowers above ground and develops its pods underground? Since peanuts form underground, they are often called groundnuts.
Day 2 - Visited the Sweet Candy Co. in Salt Lake City Utah. It was interesting to learn that the company was started by a gentleman named Leon Sweet. I think it's pretty sweet that Mr. Sweet made sweets! Can you find me with all of that taffy in the photo below?
Following our visit to the Sweeet Candy Co., we went to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. There was so much to see and do here! First, we visited Farm Country where we saw many farm animals. Then we viewed the 3D movie "ASTEROID: Mission Extreme" in the Museum of Ancient Life. Did you know that asteroids range in size from nearly 600 miles (1,000 km) across (Ceres) to dust particles? In the Museum of Ancient Life, we also saw one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs. Did you know that dinosaurs lived 144 million years ago until 65 million years ago? We had a delicious lunch at the Trellis Café, and then we rented a golf cart and rode through the beautiful, 55-acre Ashton Garden. Finally, we did a very quick "trot-through" the Museum of Natural Curiosity so we could get to West Valley City, Utah in time to see "Beauty and the Beast" at the Hale Centre Theatre. It was a great show with fabulous costumes! The photos in the slideshow below were taken at Thanksgiving Point.
Finally, our busy day ended as we watched a rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Can you find me in the video below? Clue: I am sitting very still and being very quiet so I won't disturb the people rehearsing or the people sitting next to me. It's very hard to be silent and still but Gramma Mare says it's the polite thing to do.
Day 3 - We galloped through Big Cottonwood Canyon to see Donut Falls. I especially enjoyed smelling the wildflowers growing next to the stream that flowed through the canyon. Click on the thumbnails below to see a few photos from our hike.
The afternoon was spent at This Is The Place - Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. This is a great place to "step back in time and see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah." While you are here, you can dig for gemstones, pan for gold, or break a giant geode. Click here if you want to learn about geodes. Also, there were pony rides, train rides, Native American dance demonstrations, delicious donuts, and flavored, soft-serve ice cream cones. The photos below were taken at This Is The Place - Heritage Park.
Day 4 - In the morning we took a Trolley Tour of Salt Lake City where we saw many beautiful buildings including the Utah State Capitol.
After the city tour, we ate at the Lion House Pantry located in the home of Brigham Young. (See photos below.)
Then we toured the home of Brigham Young and watched a movie about Mormons. After supper we trotted over to the Salt Palace Convention Center for the taping of the 2017 season of "Antiques Roadshow." I brought Gramma Mare's old sleigh bell and a set of horseshoes to be appraised - which means that after something has been carefully examined by a knowledgeable person, then he/she can tell you how much the item is worth. The professionals closely examined the sleigh bell and the horseshoes that my grandfather (Stanley Stallion) wore many years ago. I was told each item was worth $20.
Day 5 - We spent the entire day at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. This was the home of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002 where the bobsled, skeleton, luge, and Nordic ski jumping events took place. Today the park is a U.S. Olympic training site that also allows visitors to ride in a bobsled, alpine slide, zip line, take a hike, or have fun on a ropes course. After I rode on the alpine slide and zip line, I watched the ski jump show seen below.
Day 6 - We traveled to Antelope Island hoping to see bison while viewing the Great Salt Lake. The following site https://utah.com/great-salt-lake-state-park/facts states: "Great Salt Lake is salty because it does not have an outlet. Tributary rivers are constantly bringing in small amounts of salt dissolved in their fresh water flow. Once in the Great Salt Lake much of the water evaporates leaving the salt behind." To learn more about this lake click on The Great Salt Lake . You can also click on bison to learn a few interesting facts about these amazing animals that can run up to 40 miles an hour! The slideshow below shows a few pictures of the bison we saw.
Following our visit to Antelope Island we went to Logan, Utah to visit Cox Honeyland. Here you can find a vast (large) variety of honey items and numerous flavors of honey.
After sipping on a few, flavored honeystix we were on our way to beautiful Bear Lake which is located in two states - northern Utah and southern Idaho.
In the evening we went glamping (glamorous camping) at Conestoga Ranch. I loved staying here! When we arrived we were given a goodie bag filled with everything you need to make s'mores at your own campfire. You can sleep in either a Conestoga wagon or a tent.
We decided to stay in a tent that had three beds, a rocking chair, and a bureau. It was awesome! Sleeping in a bed is much more comfortable than sleeping on a barn floor! In the morning, I found a silhouette (the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light) of flowers next to my bed. The sun's rays had cast shadows of sunflowers on the wall of our tent.
Day 7 - There was a restaurant at this campground so instead of eating my usual oats and hay for breakfast, I had French toast and fruit. It was scrumptious!
After breakfast we went for a surrey ride. It was great exercise and we got to see more of Utah's beautiful countryside.
Then we traveled to Montpelier, Idaho where we visited the National Oregon/California Trail Center . We stepped back in time and learned about the Oregon Trail as actors shared some of "their" stories and experiences on the trail.
Our next stop was the Butch Cassidy Bank Robbery Museum in Montpelier, Idaho. (Slideshow below)
Day 8 - We left the area of Bear Lake but not before we had one of their famous raspberry shakes.
Our vacation began with a visit to a taffy store so we thought it would be fun to conclude (end) our trip by stopping at another taffy store. This time we visited Taffy Town in Salt Lake City where they make over 70 different flavors of taffy!
Day 9 - We flew home on Southwest Airlines and look at all of the "goodies" they gave us. I especially liked the airplane cookies.
We had a great trip! We learned a lot and had so much fun. However, sometimes there are simple, special moments in life that can't be beat, such as when I gazed out the window of our airplane. I saw the most beautiful sky and immediately I thought of the verse from Psalm 19:1 .....The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. It was a perfect ending to a great vacation!