Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mudslide Slim

A little homage there to the great James Taylor. You've probably guessed by now that I am talking about the "Thistle mud slide," no? I must have made to quick a jump, I thought it was fairly obvious. Not to worry I know your with me now. Sally and I were looking for some cooler air, so I thought a cruise up Spanish Fork Canyon was just the ticket. I was nice and cool! What a great place we live in to go just 15 minutes from home and be in a number of spectacular canyons! There is not a dud in the bunch. We stopped at the top of the long climb and pulled over so we could view the Thistle slide area. If you haven't been there it is worth the trip. What a lot of earth was moved that day, in just seconds! I remember when it happened. We had all that rain, like we've just had, and it made the area so heavy and soft it just slid down. It made Thistle a ghost town. I remember driving past all those houses under water, how sad for them. In 1976 the Teton Dam broke and also washed away many homes. One home was my friends, Ray Hawkes, he was killed in a car crash just a short time before it happened. His family lost all the photos they had of him. I don't have one either. Nature can be very cruel at times. Anyway, we had a good time and came down the canyon before it got dark. Spanish Fork canyon is risky at the best of times. We putted around the palacial homes in Mapleton and headed for home. See ya soon.

1 comment:

  1. Every time I drive through this area I am in awe.