one day at a time…
Friday, 14 May 2004

Pix Of The Day: Smile Even Rooted In Dried Clay
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Virgin River valley. WHAT: ghost town of Grafton.
MAP: Rockville. Thumbnail click [1][2][3][4][5] pop-up larger images.

Rio Virgin © Ian Scott ParkerGrafton Church & Schoolhouse © Ian Scott ParkerRussell Home, Grafton © Ian Scott ParkerGrafton Cemetery © Ian Scott ParkerZion Canyon Mouth © Ian Scott Parker
Yesterday we took to the back roads again: this time we climbed high towards the polygamist communities of Hildale and Colorado City on the Utah-Arizona border using the road towards the Grand Canyon, then dropped back down onto the left bank of the Virgin River using an unpaved scenic byway. This route gives views northwards to Zion National Park across the early Pioneer settlements of the upper valley. We visited a famous location, the Grafton township, where the 'Raindrops Are Falling On My Head' sequence for the movie 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' was filmed.

The pictures in the thumbnail strip are in sequence left to right: the drop off the plateau to the Virgin River valley; the renovated Grafton church/schoolhouse; the Russell home in process of renovation; the nearby Grafton cemetery; and the view across the river just before the bridge into Rockville, showing the mouth of Zion Canyon. For more details we recommend a visit to the GHPP [Grafton Heritage Partnership Project] history page. The cemetery includes one wonderful Old West style marker for a Native American burial, and a well kept memorial to members of the Berry family killed by Native Americans on 02 April 1866.

The bloom for today is a delicate plant found bravely smiling through at the sun, despite having its roots in a dried out bed of clay. Readers with a bent for inspirational metaphors will find grist to their mill in that scene from a hard country.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)