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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ISSUE

mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah complimentary issue


May 1 - June 30, 2020 Volume 13 – Issue 3 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Sperry ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Jennifer Sperry WRITERS Donna Eads, Christine Ward, Kaylee Pickering, Ashley Centers, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Karen L. Monsen, Jennifer Sperry, Haven Scott, VVHS Staff, Cliff & Ilene Bandringa, Merry Bradshaw, Carol Sue Saldivar, Miri Reber, Shehan Peries, Linda Faas, Beth Lopez, Lyndi Wilson, Ang Black, Sean Reddish, Kim Lane, Linda Gault, Kayla Leachman, Denise Houston, Mary Beth Timm, Elise McAllister ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION View On Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Erin Eames PUBLISHED BY View On Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES info@ViewOnMagazine.com ONLINE ViewOnMagazine.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers,

The air is clear, the highways are empty, the rivers are cleaner, we are spending much needed time with our loved ones, and our animals couldn’t be happier. People are finding creative ways to help one another. Unfortunately, this is due to the horrible arrival of COVID-19. Although this is a difficult time for many, there is so much good happening in our country if you just look for it. Large and small businesses have come together to help us get through this crisis. Neighbors are helping neighbors, and we would never get through this without our first responders, our amazing medical community, and our store employees. If only everybody would realize there is no shortage of toilet paper, each household would have enough! We’ve discovered ways of communicating with one another which we never thought possible. I for one, am so happy because I, and many other parents and grandparents, now have the opportunity to visit with our children and grandchildren through Zoom, FaceTime, Marco Polo, and Google Duo just to name a few. Speaking of technology, our children have been able to continue their education, take free online art classes, and watch entertaining videos. There are free virtual museum tours in cities that we may never have the chance to visit. With a myriad of streaming platforms and social media outlets, you can find a million shows and memes to keep you laughing through the day, and you know what they say about laughter. . . Although at the time I am writing this letter to you we are all urged to stay indoors, I wanted to make sure we stayed true to what we do. Welcome to our outdoor adventure issue! We are hoping by the time you are reading this, that you will be able to enjoy our great outdoors again. We live in such an amazing area of the world where there is beauty beyond compare. Many of the articles in this issue are about events that, as I write this, are scheduled to take place. However, please keep in mind, you should check with the organizers to see if the event will proceed as scheduled, or if it has been moved to a later date. As always, please remember to visit our website at ViewOnMagazine.com, like us on Facebook to keep up on current events that we could not include in this issue. Please remember, as soon as possible to visit our advertisers and support them through the recovery time. I would personally like to thank my amazing staff that has stepped up to the plate during this difficult time. We, like many others, have been working remotely to keep our families safe. We hope you enjoy this issue and I wish all of you and yours a healthy and happy summer.

Kathy Lee Editor in Chief

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Frequent contributors Anita DeLelles, LMT is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as human massage. In 2014 Anita and Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website ShopMeoow.com.

Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and Social Studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California and loves the small town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.

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Jennifer Sperry is a happy, energetic writer and inspiring business owner who passionately shares topics in health and mind-body awareness. She is the founder and owner of IAM Retreats, LLC where she leads powerful retreats to help people out of their fears and into their light. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A Southern Utah resident since 2006, he has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, writing and public speaking. He has won several awards for his writing on a variety of subjects, including sports, the military community, and education. He has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for several local nonprofit organizations, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, Washington County Children’s Justice Center, Red Rock Swing Dance and as a coach for his son’s youth athletic teams.

Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here, and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.


Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including 2 international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years, and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at judi@judimoreo.com or (702) 283-4567.

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, NV. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 12 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at Helen@stagingspaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson, check out his website www. stgeorgegolflessons.com or email Rob@sgugolf.com.

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 28 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her by phone at (435) 628-3636, in office at 1363 East 170 South, Suite 202 in St. George, or by email celece@stgeorgetravel.com.

Ashley Centers is the General Manager of Anytime Fitness, Mesquite, Nevada. With a fitness background as a competitive powerlifting champion, she enjoys helping her members on their health and fitness journeys! Anytime Fitness is located at 550 West Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite, Nevada 89027 | (702) 346-3121 Email Ashely at: ashley.centers@anytimefitness.com.

Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, NV, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013 - 2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a Trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from M

the Mayor

esquite Days are nearly here. This year we are celebrating our 36th anniversary of what will prove to be our best celebration of our city ever!

Mesquite Days began in 1985, after Mesquite was incorporated in 1984, and became a yearly festival to celebrate the creation of our new city under the leadership of Mayor Jimmie Hughes. This year, the 36th year of the celebration, will be packed with activities that promise to surpass anything seen before. The festival kicks off with Family Fun Night. The night will be filled with activities, games, music, food, and fun for all ages. Our City of Mesquite Athletics and Leisure Services Department will sponsor a free BBQ with the cooking done by our very own Mesquite Fire and Rescue crew. Bring a hearty appetite!

Mayor Al Litman with wife Phylis Litman at 2016 Mesquite Days

Another highlight of what will be a fun filled week will be the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast, which I am hosting, at the Family Heritage Park, 100 N. Arrowhead Lane. The breakfast is free. I promise, I will try my best, not to burn the pancakes. Bring your friends and family for a great breakfast. Following the breakfast will be our famous Mesquite Days Parade, starting at 10:00 am, with staging time at 8:00 am, if you are participating. If not, bring a chair, water, and sunscreen and be prepared for a great parade. During the week there will be activities for both adults and children such as carnival games and rides, corn hole competition, a Bounce House, Mechanical Bull, Mud Tug-ofWar, walking tours, Founders Forum, bands, vendor booths, and more. Mesquite always has a lot to offer, and Mesquite Days promises to be the time of your life. Enjoy our beautiful community. For more information, call the City of Mesquite Recreation Center at 702-346-8732, or visit our website at www.MesquiteNv.gov, or Facebook.com/MesquiteRecreation. Above all, come and enjoy yourselves with lots of family fun.

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Mayor Al Litman


Contents

FEATURES

Cover photo by Cliff Bandringa

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See Who You Can Be at the Sports Performance Center

85 Year Old Local Treasure The Lost City Museum

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Where In The World Would I Rather Be?

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A Trio of Adventures from BackRoadsWest.com


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16 FITNESS 21 INSPIRATION Find Your Best Workout

How to Find Inspiration in Nature

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Just Breathe

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MOTIVATION

Developing Patience: Tips to Help You Cope

51 PETS

Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog?

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OUTDOORS

Cheatgrass, Invasive Plants and Biodiversity

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65 ORGANIZATION 80 ENERGY Organize Your Thougts In The Desert

10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring & Summer

82 CHARITY 93 BUSINESS

Because High School is Hard Enough

A Trio of Adventures from BackRoadsWest.com

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DESIGN

Rest & Rejuvination Choosing the Bed of Your Dreams

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Why I Love

Moapa Valley

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love Moapa Valley; it’s where my heart and soul are. I grew up in Vegas. When I married my husband David, he tried for five years to get me to move to his hometown. When I finally agreed, it was a decision I never regretted, and I have never looked back. This is not just another small town; this is a special place. Friends and strangers all band together to help when someone is in need. Volunteers are abundant when there is work to be done. I especially love the community gatherings, and yes, we go to all the Friday night home football games. We are proud to be Pirates! We are grateful to work in Moapa Valley. David is Manager of Logandale Storage and U-Haul, and works for Clark County Parks. I am employed at the Moapa Valley Progress newspaper. Together we live, love and play in Moapa Valley. It doesn’t get much better than that.

-Laura and David Robison

Why I Love I

Mesquite

feel like this town was made just for me. Let me start by mentioning everything Mesquite doesn’t have: SNOW, overcrowding, polluted air, state income tax, and litter. What I do love about Mesquite is what the town does have: beautiful scenery, clear blue skies, palm trees, warm weather, clean streets. There are non-profit organizations to be a part of, and of course golfing, gambling, social diversity, and a real liquor store. It almost seems like they built this town around what I like and don’t like. Thanks Mesquite, -Brad Ballif

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Why I Love

Santa Clara

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fell in love with Santa Clara on my first visit as a newlywed. My husband and I were seeking sunshine and warmer temperatures and Santa Clara delivered. We spent our trip playing amongst the red rocks and marveling at the desert sky. It wasn’t long before we made a plan to live here someday. Five years ago and three children later, our dream became a reality, and I am even more in love with Santa Clara than before. I love the endless trails to explore and watching the sky perform at sunset. I love how the arts are embraced and there’s always an event to attend. I love the sense of community here, and that I can raise my children within it. My husband says, “I feel like I’m on vacation at home!” It’s true! Santa Clara is our dream realized, and I’m so happy to call it home. -Leslie Jacobs

Why I Love

St. George

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y love for St. George began before I even knew it existed. Living in Wisconsin, I longed for a warmer climate. Aside from better weather, my ideal place to live needed a dog park; coffee shop; farmers market; massage therapist; chiropractor; pet store with live feeder-rats (for our ball python); and low crime rate. One visit, and my husband and I knew this was where we wanted to live. St. George has it all and more! Gorgeous scenery with great hiking trails; restaurants galore; close proximity to amazing national parks; and a wonderful community that has a small-town feel despite its booming population. We were, and are enamored! In October 2018 we packed our animals into the minivan and made the 1500-mile trek across the country. Still struck by the beauty here, we are blessed to call this area our home. -Sarah Reister

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Lake Powell

Life App

Personalized Adventure at Your Fingertips By Kim Lane Here you are in the heart of the Grand Circle, a premier travel destination with countless sights to delight your senses. As you settle in, you will find that you are surrounded by world-renowned attractions like dazzling Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon National Park, and so much more. After planning your trip, the best you can do is hope you’ve covered everything, right? With the Lake Powell Life App, you take all of the guesswork out of the equation.

Photo by: Gary Ladd

This robust app is available to download for FREE for all Android and Apple phones, and will help you discover a multitude of adventures right at your fingertips. The intelligent storytelling app will make you feel like a local, giving you all of the insider knowledge about the best places to stay, eat, and explore. As you travel the area use the Lake Powell Life App to see nearby destination stories and it will fill you in on all of the details you need to enhance your stay. We’ve featured things you won’t want to miss. Use the map navigation menus or map icons for in-depth information about each location. Many of the pins even have short audio teasers that give you an in-depth look at the location. No cell service? You’ll still be able to enjoy our points of interest and their stories along the way.

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Photo by: Jessica Robinson

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With the Lake Powell Life App, you have a virtual assistant right in your phone that will act as your own personal guide to make sure you get the most out of your trip. The app will increase your awareness of visitor options, as well as entertain and educate you about local attractions. Imagine trying to explore the area unassisted. You go from point A to point B, thinking you’re seeing everything there is to see, but what you don’t realize is that there is a staggering amount of must-see sights between these points of travel, and you’re missing them! Our app has numerous pins of must-see locations including: Hikes Overlooks Local national parks & monuments Area canyons

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Bike/off-road vehicle rentals Boat/paddleboard/kayak rentals Lake Powell launch ramps Visitor kiosks

Restaurants Hotels Shopping opportunities Medical centers


Photo by: Gary Ladd

While you’re here in one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, don’t leave your experience to chance. With the Lake Powell Life App, it’s like having a personal tour guide right in the palm of your hand. See it all and do it all with the Lake Powell Life App! V Janet Brown of Lake Powell Communications is the owner of this App and the Radio Stations in Page Arizona, a marketing company for Page and the Grand Circle area. You can reach her @janet@kxaz.com or by calling (928) 645-8181.

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Find Your Best Workout By Ashley Centers

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hile the focus of this edition is mostly on outdoor adventures and those certainly tie in with my piece here, I was recently reminiscing with a member about when time spent in the gym or within our fitness regimen, was a point of solace in distressing periods of our lives. This current topic was at the forefront of my mind when I was asked to contribute. I do always try to write what is most close to my heart and mind about fitness in these articles. As many of you know I am the general manager of a gym, and some of you know, my fitness background started when I was a pre-teen in competitive Powerlifting. What many of you don’t know is that for 5 years I was completely out of the fitness industry and did not even step foot in a gym in that time. Due to bad food choices, too many excuses to count about why I wasn’t working out, and the stressful hectic environment of my previous career, I gained a lot of weight and even worse, a lot of health issues. Ultimately, I had allowed myself to become very unwell in the pursuit of my career goals. Nearly two years ago I went through a major health scare that brought me out of the fog of my workaholism and brought about more mindfulness to my health and well-being. I began to focus on my nutrition, started exercising again, not too long after this, the position at Anytime Fitness came available, and of course — as they say, the rest is history. What I have gratefully found within my journey is that when I come back to something I had loved and stepped away from, I truly find the very best parts of myself again. The times in my life when I was physically strong I felt mentally strong and prepared. The times when life got hard, my solace was always found in the gym or within a physical activity. For years I had found my peace and comfort in knowing and pushing my own physical limitations and when I found that again I was regretful I had allowed myself to lose it in the first place. It’s not necessarily about escapism, using the gym or your fitness to escape situations or problems, stressors, etc. Although, that can be a great way to channel the negative effects of daily life

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into positives for your health. It is rather about finding a place within your own mind and body where the stressors feel more manageable, not as big of an obstacle as you initially felt. When your body is fit, your mind is fit, it is whole, and more well equipped to deal with the day to day. Whatever your situation, there is solace to be found within your own fitness no matter your background or activity level, whether you find it in a gym or out of the gym, competing with yourself or others, on a nature hike, a walk around the block, running a marathon, or biking around your neighborhood, it is there to be found! It is so profound that once you discover it for yourself, you will only regret not having found it sooner. The solace I am talking about could be in small things, knowing your legs are going to hurt less and carry you a few

steps further, your resting heart rate is continuing to improve, those sugar levels are dropping, and your actively managing all of those levels through nutrition and exercise instead of medications. It could also be big things like knowing your life is going to be extended and lived with a higher quality when you are physically active or maybe like myself it will help you find the strength inside of yourself again or discover it in the first place. Whatever the place it comes from, and whatever the motivation behind it, your health and fitness should — and can be a place of solace for you. V Ashley Centers is the GM at Anytime Fitness Mesquite, she can be reached at 702-346-3121

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e l a d n a g o L Trails By Elise McAllister Tucked between rural perfect Moapa Valley and the busy I-15 freeway lies an OHV paradise of silky sand, towering red rock canyons, gravel washes, and a plethora of panoramic ridges. OHVers of all persuasions flock to this Best Little Trails System in the West! UTVs, ATVs, sideby-sides, sand buggies, jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, rock crawlers—you name it---Logandale Trails has something to delight everyone and keep them coming back for more!

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Under reported as it is, Logandale Trails is also a popular equestrian, mountain biking, hiking, and even marathon running area---a true multiple-use playground if there ever was one! Add to that, the myriad primitive camping sites where two people can hide away from the world or gettogethers of 30 can camp and enjoy the fantastic social aspects of our great outdoors.

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Oh, and picnics, star gazing, photography----did we mention the curious herds of bighorn sheep, the stunning spring flowers, the coveys of quail, or the little fox family that hangs around the main trailhead? Now you know why all roads lead to Logandale Trails! In one phenomenal scenic area, you can enjoy the desert’s amazing sunsets, wonderful wildlife, and vegetation, while pursuing your favorite outdoor activities! But — one road leading to Logandale Trails is about to become a celebrity unto itself! The main road to the trails is being paved. YES!!! PAVED!!! The trails are an OHV mecca, but the road to get to all that fun needn’t be so rough and rutty! And soon it won’t be! A grant, put together by Partners In Conservation (PIC) and submitted by Clark County to the Federal Lands Access Program, was approved and funded! This federal program provides funding to pave roads to popular federal lands and the road to a VERY popular Logandale Trails fits the criteria perfectly! Photo Credit: Tim Conaway

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick deserves ample praise for listening to many wanting this project, getting a team together to write the grant and then working endlessly to make it happen. Other partners that had to come together over the right of way issues, etc. are the BLM who manage the trails system, Union Pacific Railroad, Valley of Fire State Park, private property owners, and of course the federal program administrators. Something this complicated requires cooperation among many entities! The paving project is on schedule to happen in 2021. Benefits of this paving project are many; first, obviously, it makes the road to the main trailhead smooth and safe; OHV vehicles, not to mention trucks, cars, and trailers, are expensive and paving this main road reduces wear and tear. But one huge benefit is often overlooked — the impact of dust on the local residential area. On non-windy and busy days, the dust hangs thick and stifling in Logandale, affecting the health of families who have lived there for decades. The Clark County School District does not allow field trips on unpaved roads, so soon the main trailhead can host school classes where they can learn about desert geology, wildlife, etc. and then enjoy a fresh air healthy hike. Also, paving will delineate no-passing lanes when appropriate Photo Credit: Gigi Corbett Palmer

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So, not only do all roads lead to Logandale Trails, one road in particular does — and now it is being paved! V Elise is the administrator of Partners In Conservation (PIC) a rural Non-profit focusing on public land access issues. You can reach her at picorg@mvdsl.com.

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— the reality of dirt roads is users tend to drift, thus creating dangerous situations. When paved, cars and low-clearance vehicles will be able to safely access the trailhead, so folks can enjoy picnics, camping, hiking, etc. Paving the main road will provide so many more with the ability to access and enjoy the trails system!


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How to Find By Judi Moreo

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ost of us would admit to finding a sunset somewhat moving and possibly inspirational. Few of us can walk past a beautiful red and purple sky without stopping to take a look and probably upload a picture to Instagram. The same can be said of star-filled skies and crashing waves.

But what is it about nature that we find so beautiful and so inspirational? Why are poets, artists, and musicians drawn to these scenes? And how can you use this to encourage more creativity in your own life?

WHY WE FIND NATURE BEAUTIFUL It’s a mistake to say that we find nature beautiful, in particular. In fact, we can just as easily experience a sense of awe looking at man-made things. Try climbing to the top of a high building and looking out over the skyline of a city and see how you feel. Likewise, many of us would express a sense of awe looking at the pyramids. We feel awe, reverence, and wonder when we see things that we find hard to fathom and that we can’t quite take in all at once. Things incredibly intricate, incredibly beautiful, or incredibly vast all create a sense of being small in a universe full of incredible possibilities. Research shows that this is a universal feeling, even shared by some animals and that it appears to be beneficial for any species as a whole as it encourages altruism and community. Researchers often call these moments ‘peak experiences.”

WHERE THE INSPIRATION COMES IN The key thing to recognize is peak experiences involve novelty and scale. They light up lots of areas of our brain as we struggle to comprehend the entirety of what we’re seeing. This lighting up of the brain results in lots of memories, ideas, and thoughts flowing all at once and this is often said to be the perfect condition for ideas to emerge. At the same time, beautiful scenes and majestic sights trigger the release of neurotransmitters that make us feel relaxed and exhilarated at the same time. Again, this puts us in a state that is conducive to creative thought and mental experimentation.

HOW TO HARNESS PEAK EXPERIENCES So, how do you harness these peak experiences to trigger more innovation and creativity in your life? One way to do this is to subject yourself to more beauty. Go on walks, travel the world, even spend some time on Google images! Another is to try and appreciate the majesty in even your smallest moments. When you see a flower bloom for the first time, or when you see a swarm of bees, stop to think of all that it represents and of the intricate beauty therein. The greatest poets are those who can see inspiration in all they survey. V Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. She is also the author of 14 books including two international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Ignite the Spark. For information on Judi’s coaching programs, call (702) 283-4567.

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Experience Awaits By Denise Houston | Photo Credits: Denise Houston Tucked away in a very special place between The Grand Canyon National Monument and The Gold Butte National Monument, sits Aravada Springs Ranch and Campground. This is not any ordinary spot on the map. Surrounded by beautiful landscape with remarkable colors, this oasis in the desert offers amazing sunsets to close out every day of your adventure.

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There is plenty of fresh spring water to drink and a pond to slide into on a massive water slide. Go for a swim! If you catch the season just right, you can pick blackberries as you relax in the waters. Spend an afternoon reading a book under the large shade trees. The orchard, depending on time of year, is graced with peaches, pears, and a variety of apples. You may even catch a glimpse of deer passing through. Giggle at the goats as they bounce There

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Giggle at the goats as they bounce around their playground and sit in awe of the beauty of the peacocks. You may recognize the team of Haflinger horses, as they pull wagons in the local parades. Get your dose of cuteness overload, when brushing the miniature horses, Waylon and Willie. Hay rides may be requested by groups during crisp fall afternoons.

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Enjoy exploring endless ATV trails or hiking the Whitney Pockets area. The surrounding areas are known for viewing petroglyphs, ice caves, and the fiery landscapes of Little Finland are a must see. ATV's are available for rent. Return to the lodge for some family time - board games, card games, a game of pool or ping pong are a few options. Or take it back outside for sand volleyball, badminton or star gazing on the lifted deck. A million stars glitter in the night sky with zero city light distractions. A high powered telescope is available for all to see what lies beyond our natural sight. Finish the day with an outdoor movie on the large screen above the amphitheater. And don't forget S'mores over an open fire pit!

Roughing it is easy with the "Glamping" amenities! When you are ready to wind down, cook a meal in the large industrial kitchen, take a warm shower, and climb into your soft king size bed. Enjoy your tablet for a bedtime story, with free WIFI, and electricity. If you prefer, bring your own tent or RV. There's plenty of room for groups of all sizes. Visit the ranch for family reunions, weddings, work retreats, ATV groups, youth camps, or just some solo time for yourself. Personalized events are welcome and the ranch hosts are great at accommodating your wishes. Aravada offers therapy for the body and soul. People of all ages enjoy being at the ranch. Senior, Military and First Responder discounts available. Temperatures are generally 10-20 degrees cooler than Mesquite. So take the drive, about 35 miles, south of Mesquite, NV. You won't regret the beauty you will see and the tranquility you will feel. Come recharge your spirit! Don't just take our word for it, come check it out for yourself. V Reservations can be made at Aravada.com

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SEE WHO YOU CAN BE AT THE SPORTS PERFORMANCE CENTER By Miri Reber, BS Exercise Science

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outhern Utah has always been a hub for outdoor recreation. The dramatic red cliffs, nearby crags, vast network of trails for running and biking, and events including the St George Marathon and Ironman offer limitless potential for adventure to locals and visitors alike. A popular training destination for both amateur and veteran outdoor enthusiasts to improve in their respective activity is the focus of Intermountain’s Sports Performance program in St. George. With scientifically backed protocols, Intermountain Sports Performance builds the foundation that any athlete needs; whether they climb, run, bike, swim, or compete in team sports. These include a powerful lower body for dynamic movement, strength and core stability, kinesthetic awareness, and improved energy systems. One of our fundamentals is plyometric training. Plyometric training refers to any exercise where the muscle is stretched, and then rapidly contracted. This can range from something as small as a shift in direction, to a dynamic burst up a climbing wall. St. George Sports Performance facilities house specially made plyometric floors and presses, designed to allow athletes to safely learn proper form and technique while increasing their

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explosive power. Plyometric training also improves dynamic movement by increasing your ability to control the body's center of mass. When climbing, it is important to control where your weight is being distributed in order to properly utilize various holds and techniques. And mountain biking postural control is needed to maintain balance. Our plyometric drills serve to improve core stability and kinesthetic awareness, or a sense of where the body is in relation to the environment, by forcing the athlete to quickly move and change direction through many different planes. The other staple to our program is high-speed treadmills. Racing upwards of 25 mph with an adjustable incline up to 40% grade, are used to teach proper running form, increase economy, improve overall conditioning, and build explosive power alongside our plyometrics. While power is important for all athletes, it’s equally important to have the strength to back it. Intermountain Sports Performance offers tailored strength protocols to fit your goals and needs. To serve our climbing community and others who need a strong upper body and forearms, we have Olympic weight racks, stacks of free weights, and the unique Pro


Implosion. This machine allows the exercise to be adjusted in 10-degree increments, allowing the entirety of the chest and shoulders to be strengthened. Another key tool is our Pro Multi-Hip machine. Hip strength and pelvic stability are key in most, if not all, sports. When climbing, the legs are needed to create leverage in many different planes of movement. Runners need strong hip muscles not only for speed, but to maintain proper mechanics over long distances. The Multi-Hip also contributes to core stability, and postural control by strengthening the abdominals and back as well. For those whose interests lie in distance running, Intermountain Sports Performance has recently introduced our Running Performance program. Running Performance offers strength and plyometric training specific to distance running, as well as a pre and post gait analysis, and three consultations with a physical therapist who specializes in running injury and prevention. Or, if you’re one who goes the distance, but isn’t as worried about speed as you hike through red cliffs and navigate canyons, Running Performance and any of our other training protocols will build the stamina and strength you need to go further without fear of injury. All of these resources, plyometric training, strength, and endurance protocols combine to create a strong athletic foundation by increasing the body's capacity to utilize energy. St George Sports Performance protocols are specifically designed to improve the performance of the body’s three main energy systems; phosphocreatine for those dynamic bursts over the crux of a climb, improved glycolytic system and lactate threshold to decrease fatigue and pump out, as well as aerobic capacity for endurance events; all important for our marathoners, Ironman, cyclists, hikers, climbers, or recreational athletes. Southern Utah is truly every outdoor adventurer’s dream come true. Nearby state and national parks offer vast networks of trails where you can pound out the miles through the gorgeous scenery. Unparalleled access to climbing and world class bouldering. Events ranging from the Mayors Walk to the Red Bull Rampage. At the center of it all, is Intermountain Sports Performance to help you maximize your experience out there. V St. George Sports performance now has two locations to better serve the community: NETS ON FIRE 1871 W Canyon View Dr, St. George, UT 84770 (435)-251-2299 IHC HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER 652 S Medical Center Dr #310, St. George, UT 84790 (435) 251-2256

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View from Brian Head Peak | Photo by Marc Piscotty

In Cedar City,

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By Kaylee Pickering

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etween the perfect photo and the stories you can’t wait to share with friends, these are truly the moments that take your breath away. Between the indescribable view, the landmark that connects you to the past, and the moment the curtain rises; these moments make a destination worth it. With both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park a little over an hour away, Cedar City is center stage to scenic wonder. Stunning red rock formations almost everywhere you look, panels of petroglyphs etched carefully into jutting walls of Navajo sandstone, and unparalleled night sky views are only the cherry on top. For those perfect photos, those breathtaking views, and those unforgettable moments, there are a few places you won’t want to miss.

Brian Head Peak | Scenic Byway 143 After taking in the sites at Cedar Breaks National Monument there is a view that is unrivaled by any of the others surrounding it, and it’s one that often gets missed. Between Cedar Breaks and the resort town of Brian Head, stands Brian Head Peak. At 11,312 feet in elevation this is the Alpine forests, and more. At the highest point it is possible to gaze at three different states at once: Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. The open-air stone structure that you’ll note when you reach the top was built by the CCC in 1934.

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Navajo Lake | Dixie National Forest Known to the Paiute as “Pa-cu-Ay” or “Cloud Lake” this pristine lake is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Navajo Lake was formed when an ancient lava flow dammed the eastern side of the lake valley. Crystal clear waters provide a beautiful backdrop for any summer adventure. Boating, swimming, and fishing are all popular activities at Navajo Lake in the summer, but spring adds an extra attraction through the nearby Cascade Falls trail. Resting on a layer of limestone, the lake developed underground drainage through sinkholes. While some of this water drains toward the Virgin River some tumbles over red rock and into the valley below, forming Cascade Falls.

Zion Scenic Overlook | SR 14, Cedar Canyon One of the incredible breathtaking effects of Zion National Park seems to be that no matter what part of it you see, from any angle, it’s bound to take your breath away. Even if it’s only for a moment. There is really no wrong way to view Zion National Park. Along SR 14, on your way to Cedar Breaks National Monument, Navajo Lake, Brian Head, and more, is a popular scenic overlook. This well marked overlook offers a unique view of Zion Canyon in the distance and while it’s not the same as staring up at the Court of the Patriarchs in wonder, it’s definitely worth the drive.

Cedar Breaks National Monument Striated layers of vibrant red, dusty pink, and pleasant rose wind beneath red rock hoodoos and spires in the natural amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument. As you cross the small ridge leading to the Spectra Point Overlook there’s a small moment when your breath catches and you can’t believe what you just stumbled upon. Peering down into the red rock formations you can spot hidden arches, unique shapes and formations, spires that twist, and more. Keep an eye out for Marmots sunning themselves near the edge of the amphitheater and the ancient Bristlecone Pine that call the surrounding forest home.

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Out of nowhere in the midst of flat fields rise a jutting formation of dark navajo sandstone. This natural passageway serves as a record of the past with over 1,500 petroglyphs carved into over 90 panels. The Parowan Gap is believed to be one of the most concentrated collections of petroglyphs in the west and one of the most accessible. With solar and lunar calendars, hunting and cultural glyphs, and even the initials of later pioneers an afternoon can easily be spent pondering the glyphs and those who left them. The iconic Zipper Glyph is a must-have for any vacation photos from Cedar City.

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Kolob Canyons | North Zion National Park Turning the first corner of the 10-mile scenic drive is a moment that is sure to be the highlight of any vacation. Rising to meet you, stand the vibrant five fingers of Kolob. Towering formations of striking red rock surrounded by forest, standing stark against a bright blue sky. Kolob is one of the few national parks that can be experienced from the comfort of your own vehicle, but for close up and more memorable views there are several hiking trails that are more than worth the walk. Wind along Taylor Creek as it cuts through the canyon floor among stretches of forest, bright red sand, cacti, and more. At times you’ll find yourself in dense forest, cozied up to towering rock formations, taking a break next to a historic cabin, and gazing in awe at the beautiful alcove that concludes that trail. But at all times on this trail, you’ll find yourself immersed in scenic beauty.

Utah Shakespeare Festival | Cedar City

Photo Credit: Karl Hugh

How could we hope to be center stage, without the stage? While our outdoor recreation opportunities are endless and the natural backdrops are beautiful, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is one of Cedar City’s most unique experiences. Walking the tree-lind courtyard of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, lively music beckons you like the Pied Piper. Taking your seat in the grand Englestad outdoor theater, the spotlight rises as Elizabethan costumed actors take to the stage. You’ve entered a time warp and a magical evening beneath the stars is about to begin. A performance from this Tony Award winning theater is sure to be the highlight of your visit.

Between the trails, between the drive, between the evening spent beneath the stars and the glimpse into the past, Cedar City is center stage to a scenic wonder, the possibilities are endless, the photos are stunning, and the memories are worth repeating. V For more information visit www.VisitCedarCity.com

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pending time in the outdoors has many health benefits. Studies show that taking time in nature can support the improvement of positive mental health wellbeing and encourage the decrease in certain disease risks. Finding time to get outdoors may be the challenge for you. Don’t hit a huge goal today. Success is many goals hit. Give yourself something you can achieve. Take a “smoke break”! Before you close my article hear me out! No, I am not saying smoking is healthy, I have a degree in health. But interestingly, people feel calm from “smoking”, which is actually scientifically impossible because Nicotine is a stimulant! So minus the Nicotine, think about the beauty of a “smoke break”! Your company probably allows “smoke breaks” and you step outside to the outdoors, taking a break from your stresses, stretching those muscles, and inhale just good old fresh air; slowly, deeply, and hold it… before you release the breath. This is actually breathwork! “Smoke breaks” allow a person to step away to the outdoors where they are surrounded by the beauty of the local area, fresh air, possibly enjoying other friends and coworkers and just breathing! So yes! I think everyone should just take a “smoke break”, walk away from your world for a moment, give yourself some time, maybe multiple times, throughout the day to be present with your breath. Breathing decreases stress, calms the nervous system, stimulates all our body systems to work the best they can.

Germs cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment, and studies show sleep can be improved. Calming the nerves can literally take seconds with the right breathwork because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain that you are safe, you are calm. So reduce that tension! Take that “smoke break” at work and again at home; give yourself that time in the outdoors! Knowing that Nicotine is a stimulant, yet “smoking is calming”, we know the actual act of “smoke breaks”, the deep breathing and holding of the breath, is the reason the mind and body become calm. That is exactly what you are going to do! You are going to remove yourself from the indoors, find a space, take a long, deep breath and hold it before you slowly let the exhale release.

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Within three cycles of this type of breathwork, you should notice a marked decrease in anxiety and a sense of wellness and calm. The goal is to slowly take a breath for eight seconds, hold that breath for eight seconds, exhale for eight seconds, hold that breath out for eight seconds, then repeat. When you first start your breathwork you may notice it may only take four seconds to fill your lungs, maybe you can only hold the breath for two seconds and the exhale is less than three seconds. That is okay! Just keep breathing. Notice where you are breathing from? The chest or the belly? Belly breathing is deep and relaxed breathing. Breathing from the chest is from the flight or fight response. Don’t force anything to happen. Just breathe… eight seconds breathe in…eight seconds hold the breath in… eight seconds breathe out… eight seconds hold the breath out… (repeat three times.) The breath will correct itself to belly breathing in no time! Be okay to take that healthy “smoke break”! I am hopeful this article will help a smoker who is struggling to quit as well! You already have the tools my friend! I believe in you! Just keep breathing! V Jennifer is a writer, the owner of an online alternative health company and IAM Retreats, LLC. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com Copyright © 2019 Jennifer Sperry, all rights reserved

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ast May, my daughter Michelle and I were lucky enough to secure reservations for camping at Havasupai/Havasu Falls, it was the adventure of a lifetime. The Havasupai people, or Havasuw `Baaja, the people of the blue-green waters, are the traditional guardians of the Grand Canyon. Related to the Yuman, the Havasupai have from the beginning, inhabited the Grand Canyon and its environs. By 1919, with the establishment of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Tribe was restricted to 518 acres, five miles wide and 12 miles long in a side canyon. The Tribe has since had 188,077 acres of their former homelands returned to them, which makes up their reservation today. The Havasupai Reservation is located in Coconino County, at the southwest corner of the Grand Canyon National Park. The nearest community to the Reservation is Peach Springs, 64 miles southwest from Hualapai Hilltop. Every year, more and more people choose to visit this amazing area, and every year it gets harder and harder to get reservations. Reservations ARE required and all camping reservations are for three nights, four days.

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Havasupai is located in Havasu Canyon on the south side of the Colorado River. Getting to the camping, village, lodge, and incredible waterfalls requires hiking in and out. It is an eight mile hike from the start to the lodge and tourist office, and another two miles to the campground. Then, of course, it’s also 10 miles to hike back OUT. The average is four to six hours to hike in, five to seven hours to hike out, that is entirely dependent on trail conditions and your fitness level. This is not a spur of the moment hike, you need to plan well for it to make sure you have all the supplies you need for the four days, and your backpack is as light as possible. It is not recommended for first time overnight backpackers.

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There are a limited number of pack mules available to carry your gear from the trailhead to the campground, for a fee. There is also very limited helicopter service to take you OUT of the campground and back to the trailhead. There are no reservations available for this service, it is first come, first served and you need to get in line early to have a chance of flying out. We did not plan on taking the helicopter out, but after several days of hiking, many blisters, and cold, rainy weather on our departure day, we decided to try and take advantage of the helicopter. We were VERY fortunate to get on one of the last helicopters flying that day, and Michelle was very grateful. The Havasupai host several Facebook Groups that provide a LOT of detailed information about getting reservations, pack mules, recommended supplies, and more. Search Havasupai Falls on Facebook and join those groups if you are interested in reservations for 2021. Reservations are available online only, they will go on sale February 1st 2021. It is highly recommended that you create an account BEFORE the day reservations open, because the spots go so fast that you don’t want to waste time creating an account.V For complete information visit www.havasupaireservations.com

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SUU and Best

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Members from Southern Utah University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, SUU Professional Development and Leadership, and Best Friends Animal Society attend the partnership announcement in Kanab, Utah.

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UU and Best Friends join to provide first in the nation University endorsed certification for Animal Services Leadership. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Southern Utah University and Best Friends Animal Society are providing leadership and hands-on training experiences for animal service leadership to help combat the killing of pets in the nation.

is known for their pioneering work in lifesaving and animal welfare. They are as committed to innovation and learning as the university is,” President Wyatt said at a recent press conference announcing the partnership. “We are very proud to begin providing leadership development for animal service professionals and look forward to implementing future learning opportunities that speak to their needs.”

Known as the Executive Leadership Certification (ELC) program, the contemporary curriculum provides educational and development opportunities for proven life saving practices in animal services, health and welfare. Best Friends has more than 5,000 partners working closely with communities on transformational change nationwide, meaning the learning opportunities are extended even further by the academic partnership with SUU.

Curriculum for the SUU/Best Friends partnership was crafted by Tawny Hammond and Aimee Charlton of Best Friends. “Currently, most of the pets that are put down everyday in America are not sick, aggressive, or old — they are simply homeless or abandoned and looking for acceptance,” Charlton said.

SUU President Scott Wyatt said a partnership by the pioneers of higher education in southern Utah with the pioneers in animal welfare nationally is an iconic and appropriate opportunity for those who support terminating the practice of killing of pets in America’s animal shelters. “Best Friends

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In partnership with the SUU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, those who successfully complete the ELC will receive an SUU Institutional Certificate validating the programmatic rigor required. Participants can earn up to six academic credits for successful completion of the ELC that may be applied toward SUU bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.


SUU Professional Development and Leadership staff, along with other national experts, will provide instruction in proven lifesaving animal services. Blending in-person and online learning, instructors facilitate proven programs, procedures and policies to end the killing of pets, create supportive nokill communities and strengthen animal services leaders. Currently, a certificate open to all interested in animal services leadership is being developed by SUU Professional Development & Leadership and Best Friends leadership and education experts. “This partnership is laying the groundwork for others to follow,” said Julie Stuart Castle, SUU alumna (class of 1993) and Best Friends Animal Society’s Chief Executive Officer. “We realized there was a need to professionalize the profession of animal services. This is a pivotal change in animal services leadership that is now rooted in foundational courses. The graduates of this groundbreaking educational program will inspire the leaders that will help us reach the next level. Where our founders inspired us, we are galvanizing the movement with a plan.” Best Friends created the university-based partnership with SUU to establish large groups of animal service professionals and leaders who can continue the “gritty” path the founders of the sanctuary began decades ago. More recently, the animal sanctuary located in Kanab launched their “Save Them All” campaign to end the killing of all pets in the nation's animal shelters by 2025, and implement programs to find homes for them instead.

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“Grit means sticking to it no matter what — grit means not giving up. And grit means powering through it when everyone else quits. Our founders were considered troublemakers and misfits,” Castle said. “At first everyone thought they were crazy, but they inspired the movement that so many people are now contributing their lives too. What they began, we are now finishing.” When Best Friends began in 1984, approximately 17 million pets were euthanized in North America annually. Last year, only 733,000. Yet, in some ways they are just getting started. Due to one word — the “no” in no-kill — there is still much work to do. V

Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt mingles with a new friend from Best Friends Animal Society.

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For more information about SUU Professional Development and Leadership offerings, visit suu.edu/prodev, or call (435) 865-8259. Since 2017, Southern Utah University’s Professional Development and Leadership program has been providing opportunities for working adults to advance in their careers and gain professional advantage. Participants can choose from many in-person and online classes, earn SUU Institutional Certificates, and even credit that can be applied to university degrees. For more information about SUU Professional Development and Leadership offerings, visit suu.edu/prodev, or call (435) 865-8259.


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hese uncertain times have made it necessary to practice patience more than ever before. The frustration of not being able to go out and about, feeling like we can’t get things done, not being able to get staples that we need, and being isolated from others is extremely stressful. And we all know that stress affects our patience levels in a less than positive way.

A dm i t I t The first step in developing patience is admitting you are impatient. Some people refuse to believe they are impatient for whatever reason. However, if you honk your horn as soon as the red light changes or are constantly looking at your watch for no apparent reason, then you probably should admit you are an impatient person. Once you have accepted this you can move on to the next step.

U n d e r s tan d W h y Try to figure out why you are impatient. What is the underlying reason? Are you stretching yourself to the limit multitasking and trying to complete things in a certain amount of time? If you are overwhelmed and that is causing your impatience, try organizing your thoughts and tasks. Organize them based on importance and the time it takes to complete. If your impatience is geared more to personal situations or people, then take time to figure out why the situation or person is making you impatient. Is it a trait that the person can’t do anything about? Is it a situation that is out of your control? Or, is it something that is within your control to change? Perhaps you get impatient when you worry or when you have nothing to do. If that is the case, start doing something,

do some volunteer work or clean the house or garage. If you feel yourself getting impatient because you are waiting for something or someone, think about something else. You will be surprised to find out when you stop waiting for something to happen, things actually start happening. It is like the old adage says - a watched pot never boils.

Addressing the Issue Just because we don’t like something doesn’t mean it is not good for us. Situations that we can’t change may present the same challenge. They may be happening because we need to learn something from them. Is it a person that makes you impatient? If so, try discussing it with them without blaming them for your impatience. If it is a sensitive issue that you know will cause problems, it may be best to make your own adjustments or keep your distance. If you can change the situation that causes your impatience, then change it. But, make sure it is something that should actually change. Some situations that we don’t like or cause us to be impatient are good for us. They can become learning experiences that will help us grow and develop. Some situations just are and there’s really nothing we can do about them, except adjust our own attitude. Being impatient adds nothing positive to the situation, so it is best to remember in uncertain times that “this too shall pass.” V

Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. She is also the author of 14 books including two international best sellers, You Are More Than Enough and Ignite the Spark.

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y l l a R on the s k c o R By Sean Reddish

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ally On The Rocks (ROTR) is celebrating its 10th year as an off-roaders dream event in one of the most epic locations on the planet. The annual event hubs out of the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah. The goal of the Rally from when it began all the way back in 2010 was to showcase all that is Moab/Grand County. The city, with two National Parks as its playground and hundreds of miles of incredible trails is uniquely suited for SXS exploration. Over the years, more and more vendors have come in support

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of the participants. Now each year, more than 1,200 SXS vehicles come to the Rally and more than 60 vendors make up the vendor trade show. The event spans over five days with 15 or so guided trails available to the participants. Each one is so unique it takes a few years just to experience them all. The Rally staff is made up of enthusiasts from all walks of life. We experience the journey with you, each day on your curated rides. Our Rally trail guides are the best in the business, and it takes almost 70 of them to make it happen each day.


Some unique features of the event are: Most trails start from the arena with a police escort each morning at 10:30 a.m. The trade show goes every day of the event. Most Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are in attendance. This year we plan on serving free dinners for 700 of our favorite friends both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Friday Night is the BBQ dinner for 1,000! . . .followed by the Grand Raffle.

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Lastly, the charity component of our event each year is geared around raising funds for Grand County charities in need. Over the last four years we have been fortunate to donate $100,000 to groups like HMK BackPack program, Sheriff's Search and Rescue, and Beacon After School Program. This year will be no different. Kawasaki has donated a new KRX 1000 to be raffled off which should generate another $20,000 for local charities. It’s great that people on all sides want to go on a journey together, that helps make ROTR the largest SXS rally in the US. From your rally staff, let's get out there!V If you would like to experience an incredible outdoor event in epic Moab, then come join our adventure. Guided trail rides are just $35 per person per day. Scheduling and registration is open at www.RallyOnTheRocks.com

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IS IT

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ummer is around the corner and it can warm up quickly here in the southwest. The temperatures now are ideal for outdoor activity. It’s a comfortable range throughout the day, but all that can change in a few short weeks. So how do we know when the summer heat becomes too much for a walk or hike with your dog? How do we know when the heat becomes dangerous? First, there are a few things to know about dogs. We can’t assume what’s comfortable for us is comfortable for them. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 and 102.5. That’s three to four degrees warmer than us. Their fur provides them with insulation, not only from the cold but also from heat. A lot of people don’t understand this, as it seems counterintuitive. Fur allows air to circulate over their skin and regulate their body temperature to avoid overheating. When we shave our pets to keep them cool in southwest temperatures, we are not only damaging their coat but possibly putting them in extreme danger of heatstroke. A dog’s paw pads are tough but still susceptible to being burned on hot pavements, sand, rocky surfaces or even grass. The darker the surface, the hotter, as heat is absorbed more than reflected.

So with these things in mind, it’s up to us to be responsible for their safety in the sun and heat. Your dog may be ready to go on a hike in any weather condition; but, they can’t make a safe decision, that is up to you as a responsible pet owner. We need to know when the temperature and sun exposure is too much for a dog walk. It’s also vital that we’re properly prepared if we do take a walk on a summer day to choose the best time of day. Here are some important points to consider. What surface will your dog be walking on? Place your hand on the surface — can you hold it there comfortably for 7 seconds or more? If yes then you are good to go. But during that walk, be sure your dog has access to the coolest surface — walk them on the shady side of the street. A sidewalk will be cooler than black asphalt. In fact, asphalt temperature can be dramatically hotter than the ambient temperature. If you’ve ever tried walking across a sunbaked pavement in bare feet, you know how excruciating that can be! And a shady surface can be a tremendous relief. There are some varying factors such as humidity, cloud cover, etc., but consider the following as an example: 77F - 125F surface temperature, paw/skin damage may occur in 1 minute. 86F - 135F surface temperature will fry an egg in 5 minutes.

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A good checklist to be prepared for a walk with your dog in all seasons is as follows:. 1. WATER Take a portable water dish and plenty of fresh water, add some ice cubes to keep it cool longer. Allow your dog to drink a little at a time and no ice. If they over-drink too quickly, they may throw up, and ice may cause an abrupt temperature change that could lead to adverse reactions. 2. DOGGIE BOOTS & COOLING VEST Sound silly or too fancy? Dogs have tough paw pads but it’s not just the heat we need to protect their pads from. There are many hazards, plant debris, litter, broken glass, and rough terrain. Cooling vests are a must if you have shaved your dog’s coat. But even if your dog still has his natural coat, a vest can keep his body regulated if there’s a spike in ambient temperature, or if your dog over-exerts himself. Choosing the right size boots and cooling vest for your dog and getting accustomed to them can take time. Be patient and ask for assistance from a dog professional. It can be a lifesaver.

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3. LEASH A must for walking anywhere in a populated area, including neighborhoods and parks, even if your dog is very obedient. An unexpected distraction is all it takes for an accident or a lost pet. Most trails require that dogs be leashed. A good, wellfitting front-clip harness with a 6’ lead is the safest for your dog and you. Back clip harnesses create more pulling and make for a very unpleasant walk with a dog that is always pulling at the end of his leash. Flexi-leads are an accident waiting to happen. They provide ZERO control in an emergency and can lead to bodily harm for both the dog and anyone around them when they get entangled around objects or even your legs. 4. FIRST AID KIT Even if you are just going around the block, take some essentials with you, it can be as important as your poop bags. Basic First Aid kits are readily available. With these simple precautions, you are now prepared to head out and enjoy the outdoors with your dog. Why not join a group of dogs and like-minded friends for that outing? At WOOF! Center, a monthly, trainer-guided hike is offered on some great local trails. Jess Sides, Director of Training at WOOF! Training Academy, will offer some helpful tips along the way and provide expert guidance. Here are 5 of our favorite local trails suitable for dogs: Paradise Canyon - Scout Cave Trail, 2.4mile loop located off Snow Canyon Parkway; Turtle Wall Trail, 3.8-mile loop located off HWY 18 north of Snow Canyon Park; Chuckwalla Trail, 1.7-miles located off HWY 18 north of Snow Canyon Parkway; Santa Clara Petroglyphs via Anasazi Trail, 2.9-miles located off Santa Clara Dr.; Snow Canyon, 3.5-mile loop in Snow Canyon State Park. Interested in the WOOF! trainer-guided hikes? We request that dogs have completed a Basic Manners class or Loose Leash Walking class to participate in the hike. Our trainer can set up a free assessment if you are not sure about your dog’s ability to join the hikes. V For current information on guided hikes and more, please contact WOOF! Wellness Center, 3199 Santa Clara Drive in the Santa Clara Historic District, open M-Sat. (435)-275-4536 or visit www.woofcenter.com

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85 Year Old Local Treasure:

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ighty-five years ago, when the Lost City Museum was built, Moapa Valley was in the middle of the largest archaeological projects ever conducted in southern Nevada. Most of what we know about the region came out of this investigation. The main site, Pueblo Grande de Nevada, or the Lost City, was inhabited during the Puebloan Period, which was from 800 AD to 1350 AD. Archaeologists investigated prehistoric sites where Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) lived. They grew squash, beans, and corn with water from the Virgin and Muddy Rivers. Other local plants such as amaranth, Indian rice, and mesquite rounded out their diets. They hunted bighorn sheep, tortoise, rabbits, and deer. This isn’t the earliest evidence of people living in the area, though. There are other places that are much older. Rock writings (petroglyphs) are messages left during the Late Archaic Period (2600 BC to AD 400). These can be found at Gold Butte and Valley of Fire. Other places date to the Ice Age, such as Gypsum Cave and Tule Springs (11,000 BC).

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What makes this region so important to our knowledge of the past? It’s not the oldest place people have lived. It’s not as big as Chaco Canyon or Mesa Verde. What it does have is evidence of long-distance trade networks that spread along the north rim of the Grand Canyon. A small, new exhibit at the Lost City Museum talks about prehistoric networking, the exchange of ideas and ceramics. Margaret Lyneis discovered that pots and bowls were made with an olivine temper. These small, green stones were added to clay before firing so that the bowls heated evenly and did not break in the kiln.

Fay and John Perkins, of Overton, knew they lived near an archaeological treasure. This Lost City was at risk of being lost forever. The Hoover Dam and its creation of Lake Mead would soon flood the area. The Perkins brothers reached out to Governor Scrugham to rescue the information. The Governor hired Mark Harrington, archaeologist, to lead the project in 1924. Later, Governor Scrugham created Nevada’s Commission of State Parks and utilized the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to complete the project, which continued until 1941 (17 years).

These stones come from the Grand Canyon. When people in (what is now) Arizona connected with people in (what is now) Nevada, they didn’t just exchange objects, they shared ideas. Just like our cities and towns are connected to faraway places, people in the past built exchange networks to increase what they had on hand.

The CCC picked a high place that wouldn’t be flooded for a museum. The CCC figured out how ancient dwellings were built- using adobe bricks. They revived the ancient architecture in the museum building itself. The CCC formed adobe out of local red clay and plants. The bricks dried in the hot, desert sun. Displays were set up and the public invited to learn about the past.

That’s how in the 1920s, the excavation project got started: ideas were exchanged.

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continually used as a museum in Nevada. Now, this museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two excavated archaeological sites are located on the property. One is easy to miss - the pit house, which is a large earthen mound in front of the museum. This house was entered through the roof. It was warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Visitors can stand on top of the dome and look in through its front door. A second foundation is protected inside the building. Its exhibit is divided into two parts. One side looks like an archaeological excavation with tools laid out. The other side looks like the ancient people are still there. The plaster lined floor has a hearth, food storage room, and a woman grinding corn. Outside is another CCC legacy: The pueblo replica. Behind the museum, small pit houses were built with wooden cross beams, wattle and daub, and adobe plaster. A garden holds pioneer ranching equipment and local pollinator plants. Learn about archaeology, Moapa Valley, these ancient dwellings, and ranching history in the museum’s exhibits or during a program. This August, the Fine Art Show returns to showcase the “Beauty of southern Nevada.” Every fall, Native American Day brings native values, beliefs, and traditions to museum audiences. In December, the Holiday Open House is a free admission day. V Lost City Museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It’s just a five-dollar ($5) admission and it includes three galleries and two twenty-minute films. Kids and members are always free. Find more information at www.LostCityMuseum.org, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Cheatgrass, Invasive Plants and Biodiversity By Karen L. Monsen

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alks along cheatgrass-overgrown trails are often followed with tedious hours extracting seed barbs from socks. This nuisance highlights a real concern: invasive plants are overwhelming other species and reducing biodiversity. To control non-native plants, nonprofits, volunteers, federal, state, and local agencies are battling against nature and survival of the fittest.

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SAGEBRUSH REBELLIONS Unlike the 1970-80s sagebrush rebellion over land control, the 2020 rebellions are against invasive plants. On sagebrush rangeland, native grasses are usually spaced bunchgrasses, not sod-forming mats. When water scarcity, higher temperatures, frequent wildfires, improper grazing, and other factors stress these deep-rooted perennials, they thin, and annual invasives like cheatgrass take over. Working to restore America’s sagebrush lands, Matt Cahill, Sagebrush Sea Program Director for the nonprofit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), explains, “Their health is vital to the wellbeing of people who live in these eleven states, for water security, rural community economies, and wildlife habitat.”

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CHEATGRASS INVASION Arriving in the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East in packing materials or contaminated crop seed in the mid-1800s, cheatgrass became widespread in Nevada and Oregon in 19301940s. By USDA estimates, cheatgrass is now found in all 50 states, infesting more than 100 million western acres, and on Idaho and Utah rangeland more than 12 million acres are pure cheatgrass stands. In addition to contributing to rangeland fires, cheatgrass outcompetes native plants for water and resources and provides lower forage quality for grazing. Living 30 or more years, bunchgrass only needs to reproduce seeds a few times to replace itself; whereas cheatgrass, evolved to succeed every year, sheds hundreds of seeds per plant. It sprouts before native grasses and dries out quickly leaving reddish-turning-to-tan unpalatable forage with drooping barbed seed-heads that work into the eyes, nostrils, mouths, and intestines of grazing animals. Becoming flammable as it dries, it fuels wind-driven megafires. Cahill observes, “Where previously a few hours lull in wind [like overnight] would stall a range fire, invasive annual grasses connect fuel sources like spilled gasoline, keeping the flames moving.”

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INNOVATIVE RESTORATION “Cheatgrass and other invasive annual grasses are devils to control,” Cahill acknowledges. Rebuilding degraded lands requires innovative strategies. With a master’s degree in ecology and five years’ experience with TNC, Cahill leads a six-state restoration and conservation effort to preserve sagebrush ecosystems. He supports collaboration with federal and state agencies, non-profits, universities, and other stakeholders as “our only defense against losing the system all together.”

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Restoration gives perennials a foothold to thwart invasive takeovers. Herbicide spraying reduces annual growth, but also inhibits perennials. Sagebrush provides excellent wildlife habitat, but does not constrain invasives that become difficult to remove once established. In Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, TNC is seeding desirable native plants in pods laced with activated carbon that neutralizes herbicides and then spraying herbicides to reduce the undesirable plants. Such large-scale efforts may work. Cahill concedes, “Frankly, there is little any one municipality, never mind one person can do alone. Participating, supporting, and funding larger efforts to invent, innovate, demonstrate, and apply solutions is needed on all fronts.”


MUSTARD SOLUTIONS Another aggressive invasive in southern Utah is Sahara mustard with its small dull yellow flowers and deeply lobed leaves 3-24 inches long and up to 4 inches wide. Introduced in California in 1927, it was abundant by 2005, and exploded in St. George following a 2018-2019 wet winter. It outcompetes native plants and becomes a fire hazard in dry months. Ann McLuckie, a Wildlife Biologist for 23 years with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), monitors the desert tortoise in southwest Utah, promotes biodiversity, and collaborates with governmental and local agencies to maintain Mojave Desert habitat. She describes Sahara mustard as growing in tight clusters, seeding faster than native plants, and “It likes to grow right around the roots of native shrubs, literally choking them. If you hike in Pioneer Park [in St. George] for example, just north of the Desert Gardens you will find large creosotes surrounded by this mustard.” People and pets spread the finely-netted sticky and mucilaginous seeds that cling to fur, shoes, and pants. In December 2019, UDWR teaming with Washington County and Utah State University’s St. George extension office chemically treated Sahara mustard. After temporarily closing trails, they applied a pre-emergent to 5.77 acres in Pioneer Park and to a study plot next to a non-treated area to monitor the herbicide’s effectiveness. Volunteers from Conserve Southwest Utah, Dixie State University, and Utah Girl Scouts of America have physically removed plants, but McLuckie cautions, “...the key to success is to undertake this method before plants have matured and seeds dispersed [when the plants are young].” Pulling plants involves an enormous amount of physical labor and “Even though we might spend over 4 hours removing mustards with a volunteer crew of 20 to 30 community members, those sites [such as Pioneer Park] still contain an incredible amount of mustards. It will take continued effort throughout the spring to really make an impact.”

Kristen Comella holding Sahara mustard during removal project

INVASIVES EVERYWHERE In neighboring Ivins, Utah, Snow Canyon State Park Manager, Kristen Comella, has documented 27 invasive species within the park. Monitoring tamarisk, goathead, tumbleweed, and multiple mustard species, Comella estimates approximately 30 volunteer hours and 150 park staff hours were devoted to weed removal in 2019. Pulling was primarily used with chemical treatments employed to tamarisk cut-stumps. Comella reports, “In the early 2000s we successfully eradicated tree-of-heaven from the park. However, most weeds that we target are so prevalent and pervasive that total eradication from the park isn’t feasible. Our goal is to reduce the number and spread of plants to minimize their impact on recreation and wildlife populations.” In 2019, seventy-five 55-gallon bags of weeds were removed and they plan to continue mechanical and chemical efforts. Removing individual plants can reduce Sahara mustard, but it won’t work against cheatgrass. Currently, seeding and replanting native plants offer the best hope for restoring degraded ecosystems. Still, if you choose to walk trails in sagebrush country, keep the tweezers handy. V Karen is a freelance writer in Southern Utah and an advocate for parks, outdoor experiences, archaeology, and natural sciences. You can reach her at monsensgu@infowest.com.

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anab, a tiny picturesque town nestled in Utah’s sage-studded desert, is a colorful place. It’s known for intensely hued rocks, mysterious slot-canyons, stately junipers, and all-around adventurous terrain. Naturally, a place with such otherworldly beauty and a place that happens to be within day-tripping distance of Vegas draws plenty of visitors.

Here are our FOUR FAVORITE WAYS to slip away and get to know the landscape:

#1:Hike White Pocket Here’s one adventure that you’ll want a proper four-wheel-drive vehicle to access. But is it worth it? A hundred times, yes. Grab a detailed map and head to this multi-colored natural work of art. You can hike a half-day to explore the main Slickrock trail or spend an entire weekend getting to know these swirling rocks’ nooks and crannies. If the drive sounds intimidating, not a worry: multiple guide services in Kanab offer tours of White Pocket year-round and would be happy to take you there and show you the scenery.

# 2:Wander the Site of an Old Ghost Town

Plagued by the regular flooding of the Paria River, this old, nameless, western town outside Kanab was slowly abandoned by its inhabitants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It remained a popular movie set for Western films until the set burned down years ago. Little remains of the old ghost town, but what does remain is worthy of the drive. Take a vehicle that can handle the dirt road that accesses the townsite. But take our pro tip: make the drive in the late afternoon as the sun lights up the rocky landscape before sunset.

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#3:Explore the Kanab Caves It’s a fairly short walk—and a bit of a scramble—to get into this stunning series of cave rooms. This is another destination that’s perfectly lit shortly before sunset, so a late-afternoon visit is ideal—perhaps after dropping by the nearby Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to feel the love from some rescue animals. The caves are visible from Highway 89 just after you pass the animal sanctuary. You’ll have a brief hike across the sagebrush country, keeping the caves in sight. Once you approach them, you can scramble up the rocks and shimmy right in. May/June 2020 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 63


Grand Canyon | Photo Credit: Tyler Cornell

#4:Gaze into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is, of course, on everyone’s bucket list. But a tiny percentage of Grand Canyon visitors go to the more out-of-the-way North Rim—which happens to be accessible from Kanab via a two-hour drive. Snag a map and take a day to explore beyond the Visitor Center. Stunning vistas, airy trails, and unparalleled vastness await North Rim visitors. And, quiet, lots of peace and quiet. V

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Organizing Your Thoughts in the Desert

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he outdoors is such a wonderful place to be! A place to be one with yourself, one with friends and family, one with strangers, and one with your higher power. The outdoors allows us to organize our thoughts. People find space outdoors from all different faiths and beliefs, yet all are looking for the same thing. The outdoors is building a movement, it really always has. It helps us believe in ourselves again, to show us it is okay to doubt and seek answers, to show our soul being broken, yet to have glued all of our pieces back together and in a new beautiful shape. Being one with nature is supported by ancient cultures no matter your spiritual beliefs. The outdoors allows us the space to take an intention while walking the methodical path of beauty in the red rocks, your rhythmic steps to quiet your mind. While sitting near water and hearing the sounds or laying in the grass to watch the stars, you can feel your breath change to a slower, calmer pace. We often take an intention with us to the outdoors, perhaps a worry in our hearts. Is the intention a job you are applying for? An argument with your spouse? Trouble with a child’s attitude? Questions about something someone said in church? Whatever it may be, you take it with you on your journey through nature pondering it, seeking guidance.

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When you get to that perfect place in nature, you give your intention to your higher power, whatever that may be. Sending up to the skies or leaving your intention on the mountain top. Organizing your thoughts in nature is non-denominational. THAT is the beauty of the outdoors. It just naturally wants to help us organize our thoughts. Why, you ask? Because the Earth calls to us! It grounds us! Grounding, (or currently being called earthing) is anciently believed to be a therapeutic technique where you reconnect with the earth. A place to organize your soul, your worried mind, or your aching heart. We are blessed to be surrounded by bodies of warm water. We have an abundance in unique red rocks and dirt with white mountains as a backdrop. And cities like Ivins, Utah, have a value statement to “… improve, preserve, and protect the night sky,…[with] environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.” This means you can see the night sky painted with stars! Pick a favorite place that calls to you! Is it the brilliant waters of Gunlock Reservoir? The sand in Snow Canyon State Park? The deep shadows of the Narrows, in Zion National Park? Or the brilliant night skies in Littlefield, Arizona?

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Living presently is the best way to connect with your thoughts and have a clear mind to organize your worries. It is so simple, yet so powerful! Learning to be presently aware of your five senses and how they make you feel while being as close to the earth as you can, this is the organization of your mind and grounding!

How does it LOOK? The rich colors of blue in the sky contrasted to the red mountains The bugs working hard in the heat The color of the water and how far you can see The abundant star kissed sky

How does it SOUND?

How does it TASTE?

The noise as you walk The crickets in the background The water splashing as you walk The sand as you sift it through your fingers

The breeze The snack you brought The water in your Thermos

What are the SMELLS? Can you smell the flowers The coffee in your mug The dirt after the rain The different smell of the wind

How does it FEEL? The sand between your toes The sun on your skin The temperature of the water The warm night air

This moment is where the magic of your organized thoughts begins; being fully present with your body and feeling the connection to the outdoors. You see, being present encourages your mind to focus and helps release worries. This moment has the ability to recharge you, strengthen your inner intuition, calm your emotions, and make better, uncluttered, decisions. Remind yourself in this moment, this is your space! You are welcome here anytime! It is safe, and your soul and the earth want you in the calm of the outdoors. May you get your skin as close as you can to the soil, the water, the sun, or the stars this month and allow your thoughts to clearly get organized in our beautiful surrounding outdoors! V Jennifer is a writer, the owner of an online alternative health company and IAM Retreats, LLC. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com. Copyright Š 2019 Jennifer Sperry, all rights reserved

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ave you ever had the déjà vu feeling in a foreign country you are visiting? Does it look like you have seen it before? That happened to me recently when I visited the World Heritage sites of southern Jordan. The arid expanses of the Jordanian desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” are truly a wonder to behold. Yet, at the same time, I was walking through the Siq (the main entrance to a city in southern Jordan), a slot canyon leading to Petra, I had a twinge of remembrance of the Narrows in Zion National Park. The marbled walls in the sandstone Royal Tombs of Petra brought reflections of the magnificent multi-colored ribbons cemented into the sandstone walls of Gold Butte. The mysterious petroglyphs of Petra and Wadi Rum held sheep figures identical to those seen on the marvelous panels of rock art we treasure here in Nevada’s Gold Butte National Monument.

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Entering the Siq reminds me of Zion Narrows

Unconfirmed sandstone found in Petra

Petra Jewelry patterned after local petroglyphs

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Wadi Rum sculpted formations (shown left) mirror Little Finland in Gold Butte (shown right)

It is also fascinating to see that the geologic saga that shaped our own Hurricane Fault, breaking apart the Colorado Plateau from the basin and range landscape of Nevada, had a counterpart in Africa and the Middle East. Africa’s Rift Valley and the huge fault to the north that dropped the Dead Sea 400 meters (approx. 1,312 ft.), below sea level, formed a similar terrain of limestone and sandstone cliffs that have been displaced by tectonics, ravaged by water, and sculpted by wind through the eons. It all seemed so much like home! On a massive scale, the magnificent Wadi Rum is impressive. And so are the unique hidden treasures of Gold Butte. The eerie shapes and unearthly colors of our nearby Little Finland never cease to excite the imagination. Wadi Rum has mountains of windworked outcroppings that appear to be formed of melted wax. They tower over gigantic sand dunes, making an exotic backdrop to a camel caravan making its way across the dunes. Bedouins prefer to give tourists rides on camels instead of ATVs because of the mystique and the swaying rhythm of those ancient beasts. And camels don’t kick up that much dust.

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The Treasury, icon of Petra was carved from rock

Many secrets of the desert have been lost in the sands of time. Two thousand years ago Ancient Jordan was the land of the Nabataeans, a tribe of traders who claimed the area of Petra and made it a center of trade for 400 years. They were advanced people who carved exquisite building facades in the canyons of Petra—a “Wall Street of the Desert,” if you will. They cleverly steered trade routes to their canyon stronghold where they controlled the market. They kept the peace among Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Egyptians and Persians who came there to bargain for much sought-after spices, metals, silks and unique products each carried to the desert stronghold. Not unlike the Middle Eastern traders, the Virgin Anasazi of the ancient “Lost City” on the lower Muddy River traded local salt that they mined along the river. Visiting tribes traded shells, turquoise, and many other prized goods. The remains of 1000-year-old pots of distant origin are still evident throughout the area, indicating that some were used to carry goods long distances to swap for locally grown mesquite pods and other essential goods brought to this crossroads.

Our modern scientists struggle to reconstruct the story of the Anasazi that could teach us so much about our desert surroundings. The petroglyphs on the sandstone walls of Gold Butte haven’t been deciphered, though we all hope someday to find a “Rosetta Stone” to crack the code. The timeline of these trade routes is separated by centuries and oceans, yet the same innate humanity led both the Middle East and the Mojave Desert civilizations to travel the world and interact with other tribes. Legends of treasure permeate the history of Gold Butte, echoing tales of King Solomon’s Mines. Whether it was Eldorado or myths of a lost Spanish gold mine, the pursuit of riches caused a real gold rush, hardly more than 100 years ago. Around 1905, 1500 miners lived around the feldspar and quartz rock outcroppings, today called Gold Butte Townsite. Some miners went away rich, most just moved on as the veins of gold ran out.

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The uncommon splendor of a glorious sunset is a nightly possibility in both the Arabian Desert and the Mojave Desert. Whether waiting, face to the west, in Jordan’s Valley of the Moon, or stopping in your tracks in Mesquite to catch the incredible winter glow over Flat Top and the Virgin Mountains, the hues and the awe of the desert sunsets are incomparable wonders. So if your budget, or preference, confines you to local sightseeing, take pride in the fact that we have world-class surroundings in our own backyard. Fantasies of far pavilions take flight as you visit Gold Butte and witness our stunning desert. Globetrotting is “frosting on the cake,” but steeping yourself in the beauty of southern Nevada is an ultimate adventure of the best kind. V

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Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’, By Linda Gault

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yrics to a Steve Miller Band song….” Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future” certainly reminds us how quickly the days pass by and time marches on. Soon school will be out and the summer season underway. But you still have time to enter your team in this year’s Rotary Mudd Volleyball competition behind the Eureka Casino Resort. This is the 7th season the Rotary Club of Mesquite has hosted this fun event. If you like playing sports, getting dirty, and enjoying a truly fun day in the sun you won’t want to miss the action! Last year’s winning teams – 1st Place, JMD Concrete headed by Ricky Trujillo; 2nd Place, Primex – Team “Soto;” and 3rd Place winners the Las Vegas Kings could be back again to defend their titles. You’ll need to join us to see who walks away with the trophies this year! Games will begin at 9:00 am in the area beside the Eureka Hotel & Spa. Spectators and players will be moving and grooving to the tunes of DJ NumberJuan and DJ Fuego all day until the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are announced. Teams of six players can include co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors. Cost per team is $210 ($35/person) which includes this year’s Mudd t-shirt for each player. Players MUST be at least 16 years old and show ID. Come early and watch members of the Mesquite Police and Fire Rescue battle it out to see which department walks, hobbles, or crawls away with the prized trophy and title of “Studds of The Mudd” 2020! It’s always entertaining when our men in uniform come together to have some fun while supporting the Mesquite community. Don’t let more time pass or you’ll miss your chance for some real fun. Remember…“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future….” V Because of its popularity we hope to announce a new date for later this year. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on our Facebook page, | www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRotary/ | for new announcements once our community is safe and life returns to normal. Online registration can be done by going to mesquiterotarynv@gmail.com.

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Aumbria Health Gets New Nurse Practitioner By Kayla Leachman Aumbria Health would like to introduce Rachelle Sullivan, APRN-FNP! As part of our efforts to better serve our community, Aumbria Health is happy to introduce our newest provider Rachelle Sullivan. Born in southern Utah and raised in Las Vegas, Rachelle considers herself a native of anywhere in between. Receiving her Nurse Practitioner training at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO and currently board certified in her field, her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Southern Utah University and has an associate of Business degree from Dixie State College. She has experience in management of acute and chronic medical conditions drawing on her background of work in the ER, acute and long term medical care and medical/surgical departments. Rachelle's happy and bubbly personality will make you feel right at ease on your encounter with her. Her addition affords us the opportunity to open our doors to new patients, and still maintain a high standard of care. We appreciate the overwhelming support of our wonderful community. Thank you from Dr. Kodjoe and Kayla Leachman, Office Manager and Staff!! V Aumbria Health is located at 350 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Suite 102, Mesquite, Nevada. (702) 345-3312

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rganized in 2003, by individuals wanting to ride together as well as help protect our trails, the Tri-State ATV Club was formed in Hurricane, Utah. Members came from Utah, Arizona, and Nevada giving it the “Tri-State� name. The primary purpose of the Club is to enjoy fun rides and activities, socialize with friends, promote rider education and safety, preserve and maintain access to public lands and portray a positive image of safe and responsible off-highway riding to the community. The Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, at the Hurricane Community Center (63 S 100 W) to discuss recent and upcoming riding opportunities, land and trail access issues, and other events in which the Club is involved. The Club offers individual and family memberships to participate in Club rides, activities, and projects. The Club now has over 1100 members and continues to grow monthly.

CLUB ACTIVITIES

The premier activity of the Club is our annual Jamboree. The Club sponsored its first Jamboree in March of 2004 and has continued to sponsor a Jamboree every March since then. Our 2019 Jamboree had over 900 participants enjoying three full days of riding ATVs and UTVs on a wide variety of trails led by our trained guides. The 28 rides covered much of the scenic wonders of SW Utah and NW Arizona. Our 2019 Jamboree also offered great food, entertainment, drawings, many vendor booths, two fun Bingo nights, and lots of time to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The 2020 Club Jamboree that was to take place on March 18-21, 2020, was forced to be postponed. The postponement was in response to the COVID-19 restrictions on large events here in Utah. Our 2020 registration was at 680 participants with 150 Volunteers. Future dates are being explored and updates can be found on the clubs website at www.thetristateatvclub.com when they become available. In addition to the annual Jamboree, the Club organizes monthly rides to trails in other areas of Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. We also sponsor a BBQ dinner each September, and an enjoyable holiday dinner in December. The Club participates in local community events, often riding their ATVs/UTVs in local parades. Members of the Club also participate with local government agencies on proposing changes and additions to the trails available to off-highway riding.

CLUB PROJECTS

Besides its many activities, we participate in several projects throughout the year. During our monthly rides, special effort is made to clean and occasionally repair and improve the trails. Members helped the Forest Service build trail kiosks and clean up and repair trails near Enterprise and Pine Valley. The Club works closely with the BLM and Forest Service to keep trails open, rideable, and with good signage. We have adopted the roadside cleanup for the road leading from Utah Highway 9, to the Sand Hollow State Park. Once each month, Club members gather early in the morning to clean up the sides of the road. The Tri-State ATV Club provides opportunities to make new friends, get involved in local events, enjoy wonderful rides, and volunteer to help in worthwhile activities. Please join with us at our next monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, in the Hurricane Utah Community Center. V The Membership Application is online on the club website at www.thetristateatvclub.com.

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Where We Were. . .Where We’re Going By Carol Sue Saldivar I’ve been a volunteer at the Mesquite Veterans Center for almost three years, and in that time I’ve seen it go from an active, dark-looking place, to a bustling, newly brightened and polished spot in our city. It’s come a long way and has a ways to go to continue the vision of our original founders all the way forward to the vision of our current board, volunteers and community. What a journey it’s been.

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During my time, I’ve also seen much growth in all the organizations under our roof. To go back to the beginning, I’m told by Mayor Litman and others, there was a group of veterans who used to meet all over town in different places where they could represent their various military service organizations. Around 2006, these veterans decided to try and put everything together under one roof. With the help

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of Mayor Al Litman and others, the land was leased and the building was started. After getting the non-profit status, a five-piece modular building that used to be a showroom for a condominium company in Las Vegas was purchased for the price of just one of the pieces! The Mayor told me, “I couldn’t get my checkbook out fast enough to put that deposit down.” He shared stories of a golf fundraiser at Wolf Creek, a show at the CasaBlanca and an event in Sun City that all helped raise funds for helping veterans in the area with the many needs they had. Names and credits for all those responsible just to that point would take volumes, but names most often mentioned are; Ed Fizer, Jim Brown, Dennis Lynch, Bob Barquist, Glen Burton, Don Muse, and of course, the Mayor’s wife, Phyllis. After the generous donation of a high-end motorhome, which was sold, the profit went straight to pay off the building. The brainchild and dream of Ed Fizer and others were coming true. Opened in 2010, the Mesquite Veterans Center houses veteran organizations and also hosts several partner groups on a regular basis. Currently, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Virgin Valley Honor Guard, and the Veterans Service Office all call the Center their home. A Veterans Affairs representative comes from Las Vegas twice a month to assist our in-house Service Officer in helping veterans with benefits for health concerns and other issues. The sixth section was an addition that holds historic items on display, and a library in progress, generously donated by and dedicated to Robert Meibaum. Our combat veterans use this as their place to gather twice a month. Since becoming President of the Center in 2017, Bob Nehilla (who’s also a member of every organization under its roof ) credits the success of many projects that have happened since he took office to all the people that put their sweat, experience and time into them. He told me, “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated, hardworking people. Without them, I couldn’t do what I do.” Since taking over the helm, Bob’s “get ‘er done!” attitude has smoothed the way for improvements throughout the Center, to include upgraded flooring and reconfiguring the kitchen, paint throughout to brighten the main open area, total cleanout, and flooring in the museum area. The new flooring was donated by one of our enthusiastic volunteers. Protective covers for the coolers and a new roof are part of the improvements outside the building. Bob never accepts accolades for these improvements, always pointing out each of the volunteers who made the projects happen. He recalls, “this place had become dark and dingy. People didn’t know we were here.” Tony Hardway, veteran Purple Heart recipient and twenty-three year Mesquite resident, has many vivid memories of days gone by, foremost being the many meetings at the “...hotel on the hill, casinos, and anywhere we could. When I was asked to be on the board for the VVA when the Center opened, I made sure it was clear that the Center was for ALL veterans.”

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Displays have been moved away from windows to offer more light, offices have been spruced up and painted, major clean-outs have taken place and on any given day things just get better and better. While the same few people are ever-present during these improvements, like Kristina Stevens, our Vice President; Steve Reynolds, VFW Commander; and Tara Hancock; there are always dedicated volunteers, coming to offer their expertise, goods, and services to help the cause. It’s truly a community effort. Bob Nehilla can’t stress enough how “the generous donations from all the supportive organizations and businesses in this town allow us to give back to our Veterans and our community. That’s a vital part of our success.” For MVC’s Vice President Stevens, a combat veteran, she says, “the work here is like therapy for me and other combat vets. It’s a place to come and just get things done. A safe place to just be.” She emphasizes, “We have a great need for volunteers here. Without them, we couldn’t keep going. Volunteers do as much or as little as they can offer. We’re glad to have them all.” I’ve spent a lot of time listening to veterans and their families’ stories about days gone by, both in their lives of service and at the center. Many of those stories have brought tears to my eyes, laughter, heartache, and joy. These stories evoke such respect for all that these men and women have endured in the name of freedom for all of us who enjoy it.

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There’s a little something here for all veterans and their families. If you are here full-time, or part-time, come visit this great place and see what’s here for you. You will see and hear many wonderful things about veterans, then and now. And it’s getting better every day. V Carol Sue Saldivar/Veteran, Secretary, and Volunteer Coordinator/Mesquite Veterans Center and lifetime VFW member. For more information call us at (702) 346-2735 or visit us at 840 Hafen Ln. in Mesquite, Nevada. More information is available on our website: mesquiteveteranscenternv.org or on our Facebook page: Mesquite Veterans Center Nevada.

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ENERGY SAVING TIPS

FOR SPRING and SUMMER

By Keith Buchhalter

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enjoy it when Kathy and her staff ask me to write an article for this fantastic magazine. I do my best to find new tips that will help you save on your next electric bill. My goal is to find those tips that we tend to overlook, small changes in our daily routine that have a direct impact on how we use energy. We are fortunate that in our region, the winter season is not as brutal as in other parts of the United States. However, we tend to procrastinate in completing some projects at home, waiting for the warmer temperatures of spring and early summer. Well, since warmer temperatures are here, how about if I share with you a few simple things you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as we welcome the warmer temperatures:

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Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance, such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters, can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. Also, the first day of spring could serve as a reminder to check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels. Open the windows. Opening windows creates cross ventilation, allowing you to cool your home naturally without switching on air conditioners. This is an ideal tactic in spring when temperatures are mild. Close them when temperatures begin to rise to keep your home cooler. Use ceiling fans. Cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to raise your thermostat 4 degrees, helping lower your electricity bills without sacrificing overall comfort. Don’t forget to redirect your ceiling fans. Ever notice that tiny switch on your ceiling fan? It does have a purpose, and it’s one that can save you energy – and money. Flip that switch while you’re dusting to send your fan counterclockwise, so you’re not wasting that much-needed A/C in the summer. Change air conditioning filters. While you are wiping down your vents, take a few extra minutes to check out your filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed them, take the time to do it now. Not only will it improve air quality, but it will make sure your system isn’t wasting energy. Changing air filters every two months is a good rule of thumb to save on energy costs. Deep clean your refrigerator. This one is one of my new favorite tips. Your refrigerator uses up to 14% of your home’s electricity, so upping your fridge’s efficiency can make a big difference in your electric bill. Start by cleaning off the seals around the door to keep cold air from escaping. It’s also a good idea to clean out your fridge’s contents while you are at it. Get rid of those old condiments and questionable Tupperware containers, and restock on just the necessary supplies. Keeping your fridge two-thirds full is ideal for improved circulation and energy efficiency. Vacuum the refrigerator coils. Have you looked behind your refrigerator lately? If you haven’t, let me warn you, it might not be pretty. But if you are back there cleaning anyway, make sure to dust the buildup on the refrigerator coils. The dust forces the fridge to work harder to keep things cold, so it’s worth a few minutes to wipe it down. Inspect sliding doors. If your home has a sliding glass door, take a few minutes to get all the grit and grime out of the track. The buildup can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.

Make the switch to LEDs. While you are dusting off lamps and changing light bulbs, why not make sure that all your lights use LED bulbs? LED bulbs use 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. While they are a little pricier, the investment pays off in the end. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs can save you $7 per month on reduced energy costs.

Air dry. Air drying your clothes and dishes keeps your home cooler on hot days and reduces the amount of time your dishwasher and dryer are on.

Install window treatments. Energy-efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades, and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise. These devices not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs. V

We post several energy-saving tips on social media. To learn more, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @opd5. From all of us at OPD5, we would like to wish you a fun-filled energy-saving spring and summer.

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his year at Virgin Valley High School (VVHS), the staff got involved in Project 150, which has been helping Clark County school district’s homeless and students who have been identified as low economic status. Project 150, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization in Nevada, was founded in December 2011, when the founders heard a news story of 150 homeless high school students at Rancho High School that were in need of support over Christmas break. Project 150 provides support and services to homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students so they can remain in school, graduate, and build a bright future. High school is tough enough without having to worry about where you are going to sleep at night, where your next meal is coming from, and how you will pay for clothing, hygiene items, and school supplies. Project 150 was created out of our community’s desire to help these students. With the help of Brooke’s Good Deeds we receive deliveries from Vegas weekly. | |VIEW VIEWON ONMAGAZINE MAGAZINE| |May/June May/June 2020 2020


This school year at VVHS, we have been able to help students and their families through holiday meal boxes, weekend meals, school, and personal supplies. Project 150 is also assisting students in paying for cap and gowns and other fees associated with graduating from high school. The room donated to Project 150 is lucky to hold a space for students to prepare the weekend bags and sort clothing donations that come from staff and students. Through the help of the Mesquite Rotary, our Project 150 room has added a new level of care. The staff members, after careful consideration, decided to start Project Birthday/Christmas Bag. This project identifies students that would normally not receive anything for their birthday or need something special to show them that they are cared for and wanted. This school year The Mesquite Rotary through donations has made it possible for Project 150, to give at least 20 students a Christmas or birthday gift when the student would have potentially not received one. Each bag includes a gift card to a local restaurant and a soft cuddly blanket made by a staff member. The first year of Project 150 has been a success. We have been able to help our students consistently each and every week. Hopefully, we have been able to meet a need within our school community. The smiles on the faces of each student, seeing the relief that they feel, knowing that they are cared for, and that they will not have to worry about where their meals will come from when not in school, is priceless. For more information on Project 150 please visit Project150.org, or if you would like to donate to the Virgin Valley High School Project 150 room or Birthday Bags - we are looking for precut 1.5 yard fabric, gift cards or gift bags and tissue paper. Again, we would like to thank the Mesquite Rotary Club, Brooke’s Good Deeds and the staff and students who have contributed to making the Project 150 room a success. Also to the Administration for allowing us to use the space and seeing the value in having the room available to VVHS students. V Donations can be made to Virgin Valley High School by contacting Whitney Jensen at jensews@nv.ccsd.net

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TENNIS tips-n-tricks

By Donna Eades

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ower vs. Placement is an important question during any tennis match whether it is singles or doubles. Everyone loves to try for an ace on their serve but is it the best idea? In a doubles match, power could be your enemy unless it includes proper placement of the ball. Most tennis points last around one minute even with the best players. The last ball that is struck by each team makes a difference in the overall play.

How many times have you heard your opponents state what a great shot or serve only to lose the point? The use of placement is especially important with the return of serve. Hitting your hard return at the server’s partner is a losing thought. Your team will only win around 20% of the time if you try this route. While a well-placed lob return in the backhand corner of your opponent will win you around 70% of the points.

This information follows hand and hand with Positioning and Planning. Every doubles team must look for the best way to position your opponents so that there is an ‘open’ court. That positioning requires planning as well as knowing if power is better than placement. One of the tried and true methods is to make your return a drop shot and then lob over your opponents. Planning your next three shots together is vital to the success of your team. All teams should communicate and support each other. Know when your team is on defense or offense at any moment during the game.

The rules of ‘three’ can help with knowing defense or offense during play. For example your team has been lodged deep in the corners two to three times, you are on defense so both of you should move back. If your partner is put under pressure by at least three hard shots at him/her then your team is in the defensive mode. Many points are won by a team playing smart defense and getting that one more ball back. Offense is sometimes not noted by your team and not taken advantage of by both partners. Your partner returns a ball that is deep at the feet of the server is one example. You should be looking for the easy poach or a weak lob and keep hitting at the server! Most club players have trouble delivering three consistently strong shots back at their opponents. Do not make the mistake of hitting the ball to their partner who is just waiting to get involved in the play. If your partner has made one or both of your opponents take more than three steps, it is time to think offensively since they are probably either on the wrong foot or out of position at this point. If these tips sound like a game of chess you are right! The best doubles team moves as one and they both see the entire court at the same time. They look for the best move or shot for their team just like a move on the board during chess. Do not rush your shot or serve and think first. Learn to plan to poach as a team and practice it. Add to your team’s communication by using hand signals. Finally, communicate – communicate – communicate! One trick at the net is to think palm up or down with any low ball and do not try to hit hard when the ball is below the net or at your knees. So just lay your palm up for a forehand or turn it down for a backhand. Just keep it simple without swinging and keep your racquet always in front where you can see it. The harder they hit the ball the easier this trick is for you. See you on the courts! V

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Meet Ang Black: Hilarious Intuitive Reader and Medium By Ang Black

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aughter is the shortest distance between two people.”, says Danish comedic and musical genius Victor Borge, and it’s something I truly believe. He connected improbable listeners with classical music through comedy, creating a new form of familiar entertainment. I entertain doubtful seekers, communicating with their departed loved ones through comedy, creating a new form of familiar connection. My name is Ang Black, and I am an intuitive reader and medium. I have often (though not always justifiably) thought of myself as hilarious, a bit of a comedian. After experiencing a few of my group readings, my best friend’s son called me a “comedium.” I now wear the label with pride! The humor I incorporate in my work surprises most, affronts a few, and serves my purpose superbly. I have always found humor to be healing and connecting. When we are laughing we are in a safe and healthy vulnerability. That is where I like the earthbound souls I am working with to be, safe and open with a healthy level of skepticism.

Though my readings do come with humor, I do not take my work lightly. I see what I do as sacred work, a form of emotional healing. Forgiveness, understanding, relief, recovery – some or all of these happen every time I do a reading. And not just in those still living with whom I am working. My favorite thing is when I feel the healing that happens on both sides. The peace that is brought to those in spirit when they are forgiven, or able to deliver a message of love and comfort to their family and friends is beautiful. There are many who struggle with understanding what I do, and some who just don’t believe in it. I feel that each person is an authority for himself or herself. It is not my job or my desire to make believers out of skeptics. As I stated before, I see healthy skepticism as important. If cynics leave a reading with me having been convinced that my connections are real, that is awesome! But if I haven’t answered his or her doubts, perhaps someone else will someday. It’s their journey. I must admit my career is something I never planned on and am still wondrous about. It astounds me every day. I am overwhelmed with gratitude at my good fortune. Blessed that I get to make a living connecting people with their loved ones and walking with them through their grief. It is my greatest hope that I can continue to facilitate healing in this way for many years to come.V You can reach Ang and get updated information on her website, AngBlack.com Currently, events are scheduled, at the St. George Ramada, 5/16/20, and 6/10/20. The Ramada Inn is located at 1440 East St. George Blvd, St. George, Utah

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WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS By Shehan Peries

Through HELP of Southern Nevada

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ELP of Southern Nevada and Mesquite Works have teamed up to provide employment and training opportunities to youth and adults in Mesquite including the surrounding areas.

Employers have the opportunity to receive additional human capital to strengthen the products and services they provide to the community, connect with job-ready candidates to fill their staffing needs, provide career opportunities to underserved, career-seeking young adults, and help strengthen Southern Nevada’s workforce.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) a workbased learning program at HELP of southern Nevada offers paid training opportunities to underserved youth participants (16-24 yrs. old) who are seeking to build successful careers. Through the Work Experience Program (WEX), which is similar to an internship, a job-seeking candidate can participate in 440 hours (11 weeks approximately) of paid, handson training at an employer’s worksite. Through the On-The-Job training (OJT) program, an employer can get reimbursed for the cost of training a new employee by getting reimbursed for 50 percent of the new employee’s wages for up to 24 weeks.

Unemployed, underemployed (not enough hours, pay is not equivalent to their education level, etc.)

Returning to the workforce after being out to care for their families

Through these work-based learning programs, career-seeking young adults can learn longterm sustainable skills needed to succeed in a workplace, gain meaningful exposure to the world of employment, and work toward building successful careers.

Provided household services to their families and is no longer supported by the same means that allowed them to stay at home

Lost financial support from their family due to death, divorce, job loss or other circumstances

Who maintained their home

Through HELP’s Displaced Homemaker Program, men & women can receive education and support. A Displaced Homemaker is anyone:

As you can see, HELP of southern Nevada and Mesquite Works have been instrumental in serving several of the underserved population in our community. V Mesquite Works is located at 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. Suite 102, Mesquite, NV 89027. For more information regarding local WORC services please contact Linda Rino, Career Coach, HELP of Southern Nevada | lrino@helpsonv.org | c:702-480-8114. HELP’s satellite office at Mesquite Works hours: Monday thru Thursday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. HELP is celebrating 50 years of serving those in need in Southern Nevada. To get involved in any of our celebrations contact events@helpsonv.org. For More information on any HELP programs please visit www.helpsonv.org. The WIOA/DH Program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are provided upon request to people with disabilities. Hearing Impaired Relay 711 or 1-800-326-6868. The WIOA Program is funded by Workforce Connections. The Displaced Homemaker Program is funded by the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation.

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PINE VALLEY, UTAH

small museum, BIG ON BUGS

By Merry Bradshaw

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o, you think you’ve seen one bug, you've seen them all. Not so fast. Most of us agree insects are downright annoying, especially those that sting or bite. Yet, others dazzle us with vibrant colors and delicate shapes. In the middle of Pine Valley, Utah, you can learn all there is to know about insects at the Hoy Insect Museum. Local entomologist, Dr. William Hoy, developed and manages this little museum that displays insects from around the globe. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hoy first encountered insects helping his father who was a commercial beekeeper. Afraid of being stung, young Hoy wasn’t eager to work alongside his father. Once shown how to work with bees safely and appreciate the complexity of a bee colony his interest in insects began. Later, while serving in the Peace Corps in Belize, Hoy used his early experiences with bees to teach locals how to create a business selling honey from hives they maintained. At the University of Florida, Hoy earned his Ph.D. in entomology specializing in the systematics of vespids (insect architecture of Yellowjackets and Hornets). Yellowjackets make complex nests from chewing wood fiber into a paper-like pulp. Dr. Hoy is fascinated by their design. There are in fact 17

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species of Yellowjackets and Hoy explains only females sting. Not likely, many of us will take the time to check if a buzzing Yellowjacket is a boy or girl. In addition to teaching entomology at the University of Florida, he traveled to many countries locating rare insects for the U.S. Government or private collectors. Having learned the delicate art of “pinning” insects while working summers at the Smithsonian Institute, Hoy worked with foreign countries to set up insect museums and now has his own in Pine Valley, Utah. So why study insects? Hoy explains, “All insects are important and serve a purpose in nature. They are critical to our food chain and cycle of life. And we also learn many things from them.” As a field expert, he is trained to observe the life cycle of an insect and recognize their importance to man. He is proud to point out that many behaviors insects exhibited first were later observed in other animals. At his museum, he displays a mural showing how clever the insect world has always been. Did you know insects were first to fly over 300 million years ago, long before bats, birds or dinosaurs took to the sky? Although in the 20th Century


Jacques Cousteau became known as the “father” of scuba diving, water beetles were first to take the plunge. Millions of years ago, they learned how to capture an air bubble under their wing, which they used as a scuba tank when they went underwater. How else could an insect avoid the hungry eye of a bird or mammal but to mimic something not so tasty? Also, insects were first to use mimicry. Fossils over 125 million years old show insects that mimicked sticks and leaves. Ask Dr. Hoy to tell you about other insect “firsts.” It’s one of his favorite topics.

When not at his museum you might find Dr. Hoy checking on his insect collection devices in the Pine Valley Mountains. “There is much we can learn about our environment from what kind of insects are showing up in our area. Likewise, we can observe if there is a major increase or decrease in a particular insect population-- which can be an early warning sign that something is out of sync in our food chain, climate, etc.” Surprisingly he has found some of the same insects in Pine Valley and St. George as in other parts of the world. The jewel beetle is one he found in Africa and locally in southern Utah. Today a visit to the Hoy Insect Museum provides visitors with an amazing collection of insects acquired by Hoy in such far-away places as Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Japan, Australia, Africa even the Netherlands to name a few. You will see displays of beetles, moths, butterflies, cicadas, scorpions, katydids and more. While Dr. Hoy may be a bit camera shy, he is definitely not shy talking about insects. When asked, why have a museum devoted only to insects, Hoy says, “We need to learn what man and future generations can do to preserve insect habitats. They are important to our world.” Stop by, you’ll walk away with a greater appreciation of insects than you had before and may take a closer look next time before swatting one away. V The Hoy Insect Museum is located at 602 Main Street, Pine Valley Utah. The museum is funded solely by patron contributions, so even the smallest donations are appreciated.

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INTRODUCING THE STATIONARY HITCH By Lyndi Wilson

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ello Mesquite and viewing area! My name is Lyndi Wilson and I have been a resident of Mesquite since 2004. I have come to love this area, its culture, its climate, and most of all, the people who also call it home, if not for the entire year, at least part of it. From the moment I moved here, it became my home. I want to introduce you, not only to myself, but to a new product, The Stationary Hitch,- Patent Pending. New products are born of a need that has not yet been met. The problem may have been around for a long time until suddenly, one day, someone says, “Wait… I have an idea.” Thus a new product is born! The Stationary Hitch is no exception. I have been an inventor since I was little. One of my first inventions was the ultimate boobytrapped bedroom meant to keep my big sisters out of my room. With that crazy collection of kite string, bells, and flying objects, my mom says an inventor was born!

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I came up with the idea of The Stationary Hitch while watching family, friends and myself struggle with what to do with a trailer and ATV that wouldn’t both fit in the garage. Either the ATV or the trailer could be stored but there was never room for both. The Stationary Hitch solves this, as well as a variety of other issues where security or space is a concern. The Stationary Hitch is designed to ensure trailer stability and support for dual storage as well as providing added security while your trailer is not attached to a vehicle. This product makes it possible to have your trailer secured to the ground while not in use so that you can use your trailer as storage for ATV’s, UTV’s, snowmobiles, and any other items requiring storage while the trailer is not attached to the vehicle. This product can be used in a garage, carport, side-yard, lot, driveway or any other location with proper concrete paving as a foundation for installation.V The Stationary Hitch - Patent Pending - is currently for sale and on display at Ace Hardware, 102 W Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, Nevada. The Stationary Hitch is manufactured by Rocky Desert Trailer Innovations LLC. For ordering or inquiry, please give Lyndi a call at (702) 581-9994.

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A Trio of Adventures from BackRoadsWest.com

By Cliff & Ilene Bandringa

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n keeping with the Outdoor Adventure theme of this issue of ViewOn Magazine, we would like to introduce ourselves and our style of travel writing to you. We are a husband and wife team who write travel logs, but with a twist. The twist is that, with each travel log article, we create not only the written version you are about to read here but also a more detailed version of it on our website/blog which includes pictures and our exclusive interactive map. We also provide a unique “virtual video tour” that can be viewed on YouTube that virtually takes you on the trip(s) you are reading about. Each travel log is a type of trip - a hike, a road trip or a place. Today, we’ll be taking you on all three types of trips and have included links to both our blog and the videos. Snow Canyon State Park near St. George offers a variety of colorful rock formations and the White Rocks Amphitheater is part of that collection. Many people think of southern Utah as the home of red rocks (which it is) so don’t let the name White Rocks keep you away. What it may lack in color, it makes up for in texture, elegance, and beauty. This area has some of the finest examples of petrified sand dunes and angular cross-bedding in southern Utah. It is impressive!

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The White Rocks Amphitheater is found in the northern section of Snow Canyon. It is easy to find from the pavement and easy to access on foot. The amphitheater itself is reached following a well-marked hiking trail about a half-mile long. Once you’ve had your fill of the swirling sandstone of White Rocks Amphitheater, another short trail takes you to a sprawling overlook of Snow Canyon itself. Here you will be able to see examples of both white and red Navajo Sandstone. If you hike to both the amphitheater and the overlook, the round-trip total distance is about 1.6 miles on mostly level ground.

Get to the White Rocks Amphitheater trailhead by first getting yourself to St. George via I-15, Exit at Bluff Street (Hwy 18) and head north for 11.5 miles. Look for the northern entrance to Snow Canyon State Park on your left and drive into the entrance station to pay your fee. Turn around when it is safe to do so, go back to Hwy 18, and turn left. Just a half-mile past the entrance, the parking area for the trailhead will be on your left. Park here. From the parking area, the trail heads west towards the white sandstone. You can make out the amphitheater’s

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entrance in the distance – watch our virtual video tour for a clue. In just over a quarter mile, a trail junction is reached. Turn right to continue to the amphitheater. You will return to this junction later and continue to the left (heading south now) to the overlook of Snow Canyon. After the junction, in less than a quarter of a mile, you’ll reach the entrance to the amphitheater. The trail ends with a sign pointing to the left and up to White Rocks Amphitheater. From here on, you must navigate your own way over a sea of swirling sandstone. But don’t worry about losing your way because the path is fairly obvious. From the trail’s end, you will climb a short, steep segment of sandstone. After the climb, look ahead and you will realize why it’s called an amphitheater. You first walk through a somewhat narrow entrance with the swirling sandstone on both sides of you. Walking further, the amphitheater opens up into a very large bowl. You might feel compelled to climb the sandstone walls on the south side of the amphitheater. Since the sandstone is porous, hiking shoes will grip it very well and aid your ascent. Climbing the sandstone is an interesting experience. If you climb all the way to the top, you will certainly have an outstanding view. Once you’re done with the amphitheater, retrace your steps all the way back to that trail junction. Here, go right, which is south, and walk another third of a mile to the overlook that gives a great view into the top section of Snow Canyon and the expansive red and white Navajo Sandstone that shapes the canyon. At this overlook area are some more beautiful swirling sandstone formations. The overlook is the end of our hike so, once again, retrace your steps back to the trail junction, turn right, and return to the trailhead. While walking back, notice in front of you how the black volcanic basalt rock that spewed out of the cinder cone just up Hwy 18 from the trailhead is in sharp contrast with the white sandstone. This contrast in rock colors is what Snow Canyon is famous for. Take the hike without leaving your chair by watching the virtual video tour on our travel blog at www.BackRoadsWest.com/blog. Search for “White Rocks”, then scroll down to watch the video. Or, open YouTube on your favorite viewing device and search for “White Rocks Amphitheater in Snow Canyon”.

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Road Trip to the

Grand Gulch Mine

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In the middle of the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument sits the remains of the Grand Gulch Mine. This copper/silver/lead mine is a great destination for anyone who wants to experience the adventure of traveling through the remote landscapes of the Arizona Strip. Along the way, you’ll see some of the high country of the Strip, pass through rugged Pigeon Canyon, then drive through some high-desert plains before reaching the Grand Gulch Mine.

Getting to the Grand Gulch Mine is quite a drive and requires a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle. It is about 160 miles round trip on dirt roads. We have always done this as a day trip but, if you’re a camper (which we are not), planning a severalday camping trip to this area is a great way to go. From your campsite at one of the designated spots within the Monument, you’ll have closer access to other remote sights in the area like Snap Point, Twin Point Overlook (see our

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blog post on this trip), Toroweap, Mt. Trumbull and Whitmore Canyon and you won’t have to make the long journey back to civilization each night for food and lodging. The Grand Gulch was discovered in 1874, by a member of the Shivwits band of Paiute Native Americans who found a vein of high-grade copper that was 50% pure. He told the residents of St. George about his find and soon after, several

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people ventured out to the remote region and started a mining operation. By 1878, an adobe stone smelter was built but was never used. Ironically, the chimney still stands today as one of the mine’s more prominent features. The biggest challenge of the Grand Gulch mine was its remote location and hauling the ore to market was a costly task back then. It was 90 miles on primitive trails to St. George and a


round trip for pack trains hauling ore took about a week. Then from St. George, the ore was hauled by wagon all the way to the railroad in Milford, Utah - almost 200 miles away from the mine! From there, it was shipped to Salt Lake City for smelting. Rising shipping costs caused the mine to close in 1882. Try to imagine how difficult it must have been back then as you travel to the mine today in your modern vehicle with an engine and rubber tires! In 1899, the mine was purchased by a new entity and work began at the site again including the sinking of a 500 foot-deep shaft. In 1905, hauling expenses were reduced thanks to a 73-mile long road that was constructed to a railhead near the town of Moapa, Nevada. Then later, in 1912, the haul road was reduced to 45 miles when a rail line was completed to the town of St. Thomas (that now sits at the bottom of Lake Mead). Teams of up to 10 horses were used to haul 8 to 12 tons of ore at a time. The road squeezed through a very narrow and twisty canyon where the teamsters used specially trained horses to get through the tight turns. Today, this route makes a great hike in Gold Butte National Monument. These were successful years for the Grand Gulch. They lasted until 1919, when the demand for copper after World War I decreased and the ore began to run out. Learn more details about the mine’s history and production on our blog including a detailed 60 page account of the mine.

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Start your journey to the Grand Gulch Mine by first stopping at the BLM office on Riverside Drive in St. George. Check road and other conditions with the staff here first before setting out into the remote expanses of the Arizona Strip. The road conditions can, at times, be easy-going, but other times are impassable. Because of the remoteness of the area, be prepared with food, water and other backcountry supplies and we also recommend that you travel with at least one other vehicle. There is NO cell phone service. 100

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Take I-15 to Southern Parkway and exit at River Road. Turn right and the pavement quickly turns to dirt as you cross the Arizona State line. Reset your odometer, then continue on this road for 38.3 miles and turn right onto road 103. Stay on 103 and when your trip odometer hits 63.9, look for and turn right onto road 1002. Shortly after this turn, road 1002 dips down into Pigeon Canyon and here is where the road may become rough. When driving through here, be sure to look up at the canyon walls to enjoy the rock formations. They are one of the highlights of this trip.


After driving just over 78 miles on dirt from the Utah border, the Grand Gulch Mine is finally reached and two antique dump trucks greet you at the end of the road. Although much of the mining equipment has been removed and sold for scrap and many of the buildings have deteriorated, there is quite a bit left to see. Next to the two trucks is the ruins of a brick building built in 1900, that served as the mine’s headquarters. Across the road from this building is the adobe smelter chimney which sits in the area where the mining took place. Behind the chimney are many mounds from multiple digs plus a few structures

beyond that. Continuing a short distance down the road, you will see the old bunkhouse built in 1907. A road bearing left goes to an airstrip built during the 1955 phase and is popular with pilots who can fly in and explore the site. Learn more and see what the trip looks like by watching the virtual video tour found on our blog (search for “Grand Gulch”). Or search for “Grand Gulch Mine in the Arizona Strip” on YouTube.

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In central Utah there are several superb Native American rock art sites and the Rochester Panel is probably one of the most spectacular. While most rock art sites have a smattering of petroglyphs or pictographs, the Rochester Panel is a large concentration of petroglyphs of many different designs. You will leave the site wondering what they all mean. This trip actually takes you to two different rock art sites and both sites are remote. In fact, they are just north of the most remote segment of interstate highway in the U.S. which is I-70 between Salina and Green River, Utah. But don’t worry, not far from the two sites and 20 miles north of I-70 is the very small town of Emery. And the Rochester Panel can actually be found quite easily by typing “Rochester Rock Art” into Google Maps. If you are coming from Nevada or southwest Utah, plan your trip by spending a night or two in one of the nearby towns, such as Ferron or Castle Dale (each have hotels) along Hwy 10, or even Richfield along I-70. That way, you can include more interesting stops, such as the Fremont Indian State Park along I-70 and the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale. These two additional stops will round out your Native American Rock Art adventure experience. What makes the Rochester Panel so unique is that there are drawing styles found here from several cultures that existed for the past 10,000 years. Those cultures include (from oldest to newest) the Archaic, which created the famed “Barrier Canyon Style” rock art around Utah, the well-known group called Anasazi, now known as the Ancestral Puebloan people, and the Fremont People. Both the Anasazi and Fremont existed together from around 100 to 1600 AD. However, at the Rochester Panel, archaeologists are sure that most of the art created here were done by the Fremont People. 102

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With that said, studies of the Rochester Panel done in the 1980s, concluded that the panel represents a type of calendar observatory. After much conjecture and testing, they discovered that if a pole was placed at a specific spot in front of the panel, it would cast a shadow on specific petroglyphs marking certain events, such as the summer solstice, the equinox and other annual events. The museum in Castle Dale showcases more information about the Rochester Panel and other nearby Native American sites. A visit to the Rochester Panel will certainly make you stand back in awe and leave you wondering what it all means. When you’re finished contemplating, drive another 11 miles to visit the Molen Reef petroglyph site, which is also known as Dry Wash Petroglyphs. It’s not quite as spectacular as the previous stop but it does have some unique designs including a big snake. Just a hundred feet northeast of the parking area (in the opposite direction of the petroglyphs), don’t miss the dinosaur trackway. When it comes to who created the petroglyphs,it’s a very complicated subject. One thing that most historians, rock art experts, anthropologists and current day Native Americans will agree on is that they don’t know the meaning of most rock art. We may never know exactly who did what, but for us, it’s enough to know that they were created a long time ago by the people who lived there and we enjoy the thought-provoking nature of them. It’s good to still have a little bit of wonder in the world. And, if you’d like to learn more about any of these subjects, there is plenty of research material out there. Then you can form your own opinions about what they are trying to say. While driving to the Rochester Panel on I-70, you’ll pass right by the rather large grounds of the Fremont Indian State Park. Learn more about the Fremont culture and see all the rock art they left behind here by taking exit 17 off I-70, which is located 17 miles east of I-70’s intersection with I-15. Our blog post on the Rochester Panel has more information including driving directions. Dial in our website at www.BackRoadsWest.com/blog, then type “Rochester” into the Search box. Or, find our video on YouTube by searching for “Rochester Panel Rock Art Site in Utah”. Visit our blog and/or YouTube channel to browse through the many other trips. Happy Exploring! V

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Rest and Rejuvenation Choosing the Bed of Your Dreams By Helen Houston

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f the hunt for a new bed has you ready to take a nap, there’s a lot more to consider than your mattress size. Before you narrow down specific colors or materials of bedding, you first need to choose a style of bed frame, and there are many. There are modern beds, traditional beds, beds with storage and so many other types. The right one for you depends on your space, budget and desired level of romance.

Platform Bed

If you like a clean, modern and sleek look in your bedroom, go for the platform bed. Positioned closer to the floor than a traditional bed, a platform bed requires just a mattress and no box spring which is an added savings. The low profile and simple lines make it a natural fit for modern and contemporary interiors, and the slender profile makes it a good choice in compact rooms.

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Captain’s Bed

This is a platform-style bed with built-in storage drawers below. Some versions may include attached bedside tables or bookshelves as well. This bed can be a great help in small spaces or wherever you desire extra storage.


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Sleigh Bed

Open-Frame Bed

Most often made of solid wood but sometimes upholstered, the sleigh bed is defined by its gently curving headboard and footboard, similar in shape to a sleigh. Because of the curved shape, a sleigh bed can be more comfortable for sitting up to read than other types of wood bed frames. They are typically upholstered or made of wood in any color finish.

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Open-frame beds have headboards and footboards that lack upholstery and instead show off their framework. They range in style, from wroughtiron frames that are more industrial or Victorian, to slatted frames that can be anything from Scandi-modern to farmhouse chic.

Bunk Bed

A popular choice for children, bunk beds are simply two beds stacked on top of one another, connected by a ladder or a staircase. Twin-over-twin beds are most common, but you’ll also find twin-over-double combos.

With a shapely headboard and thick, cushioned upholstery, this style of bed frame offers the ultimate in comfort while reading in bed. If you love textiles, picking out a beautiful fabric for a custom upholstered bed can be a real treat — just be sure you really love a bold print before committing to one. If you want more flexibility, go for a solid neutral.

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Upholstered Bed

French-Style Bed

With ornate, carved wood details and upholstered head and footboards, the French-style bed is an utterly romantic choice. It’s very comfortable for sitting up to read in bed. As with other upholstered beds, however, replacing stained or damaged upholstery fabric can be costly. A variation is the French cane bed. This type of bed frame has a very straight headboard with a cane back and carved wood details, and often a low footboard or none at all.

Wingback Bed

A wingback bed is all about the headboard, which, like a wingback chair, has two perpendicular extensions affixed to its sides that curl slightly around the mattress.

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Brass Bed

Like the more traditional big brother of the wrought iron bed, a brass bedstead evokes an era of train travel and steamships. Brass beds may be solid brass or brass plates over another metal. As with wrought iron beds, reading in a brass bed can require some extra cushioning.

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Strong and sturdy but with a romantic vibe, wrought iron beds work equally well in bohemian and rustic-style spaces. A well made wrought iron bed is built to last and can take more of a beating than other types — which is great if you move frequently. Those who like to read in bed, take note: You’ll need to prop up on plenty of pillows to make that bumpy metal headboard comfortable.

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Made of a natural fiber, such as seagrass, abaca or rattan, woven bed frames have a casual vibe that works well in coastal, tropical and contemporary spaces. With a bit of spring to them, woven headboards tend to be fairly comfortable for sitting up to read in bed; they’re softer than wood but firmer than upholstery. Test one out before buying to be sure you can’t feel the metal frame beneath the natural fibers when you lean back.

Murphy Bed

Typically used in offices that double as guest rooms, or in tiny studio apartments, Murphy beds rest on hinges that allow them to fold up into a wall, thus saving plenty of space.

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Woven Bed

Daybeds are excellent multitaskers. They’re a hybrid of a bed, a sofa, and a chaise lounge. Essentially, they’re a more refined take on a futon, allowing extra bed space for guests (or a great nap location for the actual residents). It’s ideal for lofts and studios. For extra sleeping space, choose a daybed with a trundle below.

Loft Bed

Loft beds are the top half of a bunk bed. They’re lifted above the ground and accessed by a ladder or stairs, but instead of having a bed below them, they have open space for a desk, a sofa, or a makeshift closet. They're a great space saver in a small apartment or office.


Low-Post Bed

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With the stately good looks of a four-poster bed but less height, a low-post bed is a good choice when you want something traditional but a bit less imposing than a canopy. Typically made of wood, the posts can be simple and straight or can feature more intricate turned details.

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Four-Poster Bed Create a sense of visual height in a room with the vertical lines of a topless four-poster bed frame. Corner posts are manufactured in a wide range of styles, from massive, stately columns to thin, tapering poles. Asymmetrical frames feature taller posts at the head of the bed and shorter posts at the foot of the bed. Spiral turned twists known as "barley twists" bring 17th-century styling while adding visual interest to the bed frame. Four-poster frames can be stained or painted to match any color scheme. For a clean, contemporary look, leave the top rails of a four-poster frame uncovered. The sharp, angular lines of a black or dark-stained wood frame imply a masculine feel.

Canopy Bed

The whimsical canopy bed is a perennial favorite, due to its sense of drama and romance. There’s quite a range of sub-styles. Some canopy beds have a full set of luxe drapes surrounding them, while others simply have four posts creating a large structure around the mattress. No matter what, you'll need a lot of space for a bed like this. There's nothing more luxurious. On everyone’s wish list since childhood, canopy beds add a note of romance and grandeur to any bedroom. In medieval Europe, they were draped in layers of fabric to provide privacy and warmth for nobles — a move that’s still popular, if only for added drama. Perhaps most surprising is how versatile a canopy bed can be. Canopy beds are best in grand rooms to take up visual space or in petite ones to trick the eye into making them feel larger. Whether fully curtained or simply draped with fabric, a canopy bed makes a strong statement. Full canopies may be attached to the ceiling, with billowing drapes on all sides. Curtains that draw shut around the bed are dramatic, add privacy and can even keep out drafts as you sleep — a room inside a room. And, if you want to change the look of your bedroom, swapping out the canopy curtains is an easy way to get a fresh look. Try light, airy cotton voile in summer and thicker, lined drapes in winter.

We all know how important good sleep can be to a healthy and happy life. That’s why it is so important to choose a bed frame and mattress that match your style, lifestyle and sleeping situation. After all, we spend a large portion of our lives sleeping. Your bed needs to be a place that you love. V Helen Houston is a certified staging and redesign professional. Helen can be reached at helen@stagingspaces.biz or by calling 702-346-0246.

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