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our excursion on the Heber Valley Railway sometimes called the "Heber
Here's a bridge we
passed on the trip out.
Trees and bushes we
so plentiful and colorful.
Here's some of the
color diversity: reds, yellows, browns, and greens.
And here's a closer
look at some of the reds which were most colorful.
Of course Linda had
to get a shot of me opening my big mouth!
Sometimes the scenes
we saw out the passanger car window would take our breath away.
And it just kept
getting prettier. At the half way point we stopped a pretty
We exited the car
with our friends.
Then some kind lady
offered to take a group photo of us.
surrounding the park were stunning. Here again, the clouds
of the Smokie Mountains of East Tennessee.
I'm not sure how
high up were were. One site I looked at suggested Vivian Park is
5,700 feet up. The highest peak near here, Mt. Timpanogos, is
about 11,749 feet but I
doubt we ever got higher than 6,000.
This is the first
sign we saw with the park name on it, "Vivian."
conductor appears to be riding. The train engine had to "turn
around" to hitch up to
the "back" end of the cars so it could pull us
back to the station.
More smoke on the
mountains. We saw lots of these clouds because it was such a wet
As we got closer
photos of the water we also got closer photos of some more color.
Here's another sign
reminding us the name of the park which is accessible from the Provo
I think this shot of
the train engine against the back drop of the mountains tells it all.
One of the great
photos we got close up was this bush. We finally got to see what
leaves were creating all that red color amongst the plant life
along the railway.
As we looked at the
mountains surrounding the park we were able to get some really
I had to highlight
this one. It's a closeup of one of the many trout the fishermen
eager to catch (15,000 per mile of river). We saw two or three of
these little fellows jumping
above the water to catch the bugs flying near the water's surface.
Here's a little road
that led out of the park into the mountains.
I didn't follow the
road far, but nearby was a body of water off the Provo River which
reflected the fall scenery nicely.
Here's another shot
of the water at the park nestled in the Wasatch Mountains.
It seems as though
the "smoke" got thicker the longer we stayed there.
I got Linda to pose
by the front of the train engine so I could take this photo.
Here's the train
ready for the return trip.
Another photo of the
The Provo River
really set off the fall colors.
Another shot of the
In this photo you
can see how close the rails are to the river.
I couldn't get
all that color. I know other states in autumn, like Vermont, are
prettier than this but there was really a lot of diversity here.
I had to get Linda
to take this quick pose of me before the train began its return trip.
After that, I got
our conductor and brakeman/fireman/engineer to pose for us.
Then Linda and I
boarded the coach car.
There were uncovered
coaches where, I'm sure, people loved to ride in summer. Our
weather was much cooler but there were still a lot of people who rode
Here's a caboose
left here, I guess for show.
Our caboose was
yellow, not red. And the interior was lined in yellow pine.
Once I climbed up
into the cupola, I could see all the way to the front of the train.
And from the open
air coaches, I got this great shot of the side of the train.
Here's the interior
of the club car where food and drink was served at very reasonable
prices. I paid less than $10 for hamburgers, drinks, and chips
for the two of us.
This happy young
fellow really seemed to be enjoying the ride.
There were so many
yellow trees along the route like these. Real eye catchers!
Here they are
scattered alongside the river.
But there was also a
lot of red, green, and brown...
We approached the
Deer Creek dam where the reservoir was located.
Here's a photo of
the reservoir on our return trip.
The water still in
the dry bed of the reservoir seemed like flood waters from a river.
But the dryness of
the bed of the reservoir reminded us this used to look like a lake.
Here was a very
interesting thing we saw along the way -- an undershot water wheel. We
had learned from our August 2006 trip to Kirtland, OH that undershot
are slow but
require very little water to turn them. There is certainly very
little water here in the desert.
One funny thing we
saw was a horse "scratching his back" by rolling over and rubbing
his back while his feet were straight up in the air.
Linda missed the
shot of the horse with his feet in the air but she got these two where
the second picture shows the horse shaking like a dog. Hahaha.
interesting photo of a barn with the skeleton of a green house beside
One of the most
interesting buildings was this barn and silo with a huge flag on it.
As we arrived at the
station, we got this photo of everyone getting ready to exit.
A tour of the gift
shop yielded this interesting "whistle" which sounded almost exactly
a train's horn. Couldn't resist that. I got Linda a teddy
bear and railroad pin.
But it was time to
leave the Heber Valley Railroad. Funny how small it looked as we
As we drove away, we
got to see the snow atop the Wasatch Mountains. We've seen
more of the white stuff accumulate since. It won't be too much
longer until we see snow
in the valleys as well.
This sign shows
where we passed, Parley's Summit, named after Parley P. Pratt who first
discovered this route and built a toll road here back in the mid 1800s.
I thought the clouds
were so odd I couldn't resist taking some more photos of them
from atop Ensign Peak near where our apartment is. As we drove
the 50 miles or so home,
the black clouds seemed to hover over the mountain tops, never moving.
So we drove to the
top of the peak where Ensign Park is and got several more photos
before calling it a day. We never see stationary black clouds
like this where we're from.
They always drop their moisture and move on. These clouds just
sat there on the tops
of the Wasatch Mountains.
The fall colors of
against the dark back drop of the clouds was striking.
Well, I hope you all
enjoyed the photos. We really enjoyed the trip.
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