1. Snow Canyon: Our First Hike

    *This entry is from Tom Martorelli’s Road Scholar blog, The Utah Daily Echo. Tom recently attended his third and fourth Road Scholar programs, exploring Utah’s natural wonders with fellow lifelong learners and blogging about his experiences.


    (St. George, Utah, April 18, 2012) After our geology lecture, Marcia Cooper and Keith Norlin take us just outside of St. George for our first outdoor experience of the week. Our destination is Snow Canyon State Park, where we test our legs, cameras, and newfound knowledge of the forces that created the unique topography of southern Utah. It’s an easy trek, and a few of us suspect we’re being tested by our guides to make sure we don’t just look good “on paper.”

    Ed Camp, retired banker and avid bicyclist, on the Snow Canyon Trail.

    Not surprisingly, all of us pass the test. And so does our destination.  Snow Canyon is beautiful, and our short hike leads us to a peak with great views in all directions, and all kinds of rocks to identify. Best of all, we get a chance to meet each other along the way, and learn where we call home and what we do when we’re not exploring the world with Road Scholar. It’s a great afternoon, with even greater promise of what’s to come.

    Geologist Keith Norlin shows us his beads.

    A highlight is Keith Norlin’s brief departure from his geology curriculum to describe his ghost beads, given to him by local Native Americans to ward off evil spirits. So far, they’ve worked well for him, and, thanks to Marcia’s invocation of the “all in” rule, they have been enlisted in making sure our week in Zion and Bryce Canyon will be spectacular.

    No doubt.

    Click here to read the rest of Tom’s beautiful entries about his Road Scholar adventures.


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