Friday Pam and John (our unofficial tour guides) took us across the street to the Fort Bluff Museum to see a short film about the Hole in The Rock expedition or the San Juan Mission. A little known but inspirational story about a group of 250 Mormon men, women and children who followed the "call" to form a settlement in the four corners area of Utah in order to become a buffer between lawlessness and civilization. They began their journey in November 1879. They weren't fleeing religious persecution, they weren't looking for monetary gain, they were making this arduous trail through mostly uncharted and extremely hostile land because they believed it was for the safety and good of the overall community. An unbelievable story and one that I can't begin to do justice to. You can either wait for John's rendition (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) or look it up for yourself if you're interested in learning about their trials and successes.
|window in Fort Bluff|
|good thing John knew where the road was.....|
and that we were in his jeep, not ours!
|10 and 2.......what's over this hill?|
|on the way to the top of the trail|
|higher and higher|
|looking back down the "trail" at the jeep far below|
can you see it?
|looking down to watch our footing gave us unexpected beauty|
|ruts of 100 wagons worn in the stone|
|bright Indian Paintbrush blooming|
in the rocks
|can you see the trail's scar running diagonally up to the top?|
|I almost slipped this rock into my pocket....I loved it!|
but I resisted
Our day wasn't over yet. We piled into the jeep and drove a bit more to a wonderful lunch spot.