Friday, August 6, 2010

We were fortunate to find our brother-in-law, David Cooley, still at work at his office (ReMax Realty) when we arrived in Kingman Friday afternoon. We were able to visit with he and Linda's younger sister Lois at their very nice home, located over on the far southeast side of the city. We also got to see their sons Loren and Rex and their wives and some of the grandchildren. We didn't try to take too long, but it certainly was good to be with them for a few moments.
This is David and Lois, outside their home, just before we bid them goodbye. They told us to return when we had more time and they would take us up in a private plane and do a fly-over of the Grand Canyon. David is an accomplished pilot, among his many othe talents.

Here is a view of the bridge from much further away, after we had crossed the dam and begun the climb out of the canyon on the Arizona side.
At the bottom of the photo you see the line of cars making their way slowly across Hoover dam. When the bridge is open to vehicular traffic it will greatly speed travel between the cities of southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.

This picture, taken from the car window as we made our way slowly round the curves of the old highway approaching the crossing over the dam, cannot do justice to the immensity and beauty of this concrete span. This bridge is wide enough to carry four lanes of traffic. It is over 900 feet above the riverbed below. What a marvel! They expect this Hoover Dam By-pass project to be completed an open to public use before the end of the year.

As we finally neared the dam we had our first look at the great concrete bridge that has been built across the canyon, just downstream from Hoover Dam. It is not yet opened for public use, but it is a spectacular, immence engineering achievement! We were in awe!

As we neared Lake Mead and our crossing at Hoover Dam on Friday, August 6, we were in for a long delay. Traffic was backed up for miles due to construction near the dam.
We had not been over US 93 between Boulder City and Kingman for a good long time, and we were in for a big surprise.

Friday, August 6, we departed from Cedar City where we had stayed the night and continued south on I-15, past St. George and down through the spectaular Virgin River gorge on what is known as the "Million Dollar Highway," (so named because it reportedly cost over one million dollars a mile to cut this roadway through this mighty canyon of rock.

While in Parowan with Diane and Don we accompanied them to the home of their daughter Crystal and her husband Levi Reed. The home is over 100 years old. They have done much to renovate it and make it into a comfortable and lovely home on a full acre of ground.
This is Crystal with her mother, Diane. We took this picture just before saying goodbye and continuing our journey on toward Cedar City and then Kingman, Arizona.

Thursday, August 5, we drove down Interstate 15, stopping in Parowan where Linda's sister Diane and her husband Don Richardson now reside. It was so good to be with them for a few short hours.
This is Don, standing beside the one cylinder engine that he obtained from the McNeill family in Bluewater, NM some years before. He carefully restored the old engine to perfect working order and has displayed it at public events numerous times since.
This engine has a history which is of particular importance to us because it powered the pump that brought water up from a well on the Thomas McNeill property in Bluewater for many, many years. Thomas McNeill is Linda's great grandfather. She was born in a the home that is located just to the south of the old McNeill pump house.

Our grandson, Dallin Funk, the oldest son of our daughter Amy and her husband Gary, has been working at a water park in Draper for the summer and stayng with his aunt and uncle in nearby Highland.
Before leaving from Orem, Thursday morning, August 5, I was able to see Dallin for a few minutes before he had to leave for work. He really has enjoyed Utah! His aunt Julie took this picture for us. He is looking great, don't you think?