The legend says that Martin Hansen, a Mormon settler from American Fork followed mountain lion tracks and discovered an underground mystery.....
yes, he happened upon a cave with colorful deposits, beautiful formations, and clear underground pools in 1887. The cave is named Hansen Cave, and it along with two other caves discovered later make up Timpanogos Cave National Monument The steep mountainside of American Fork canyon is the setting for these limestone caves. Water, time, and rock formed the spectacular underground scenery that exists inside. Natural forces created the caves as the Wasatch Range grew 30 million years ago. Sedimentary rock was lifted and fractured along fault lines. Naturally occurring carbonic acid then dissolved the rock, leaving a hole that filled with water and later drained. The underground water dissolved rock and left mineral deposits and forming crystals of different sizes and shapes—a process that continues today.
In this caves you can see formations called draperies, popcorn, helicites, and flowstone, as well as the more well-known stalactites and stalagmites. Water trickling down an inclined ceiling forms draperies, most less than one inch thick. Popcorn is made by water entering rock's pores or seeping down rock walls, leaving a bumpy surface. The most colorful and delicate formations in the caves, helicites, are like hollowed straws through which water traveled and left a small crystal deposit at the end. The colors of the rock are varied by iron, nickel, maganese, and other minerals.
A short but strenuous hike of 1.5 miles is required to reach the cave, located 1,000 feet above the canyon floor. Temperatures inside the caves are about 45 degrees Fahrenheit so should probably wear a light jacket. The cave is open mid-May to mid-October, funding and weather permitting. Guided tours are led by park rangers. They sell the tickets at the visitor center and should be purchased before hiking to the cave.
Timpanogos Cave is located off I-15 up American Fork Canyon. Take exit 287, turn east onto State Highway 92, and go 10 miles to the monument. There are picnic areas along American Fork Creek. Private and public campgrounds are located in and around the monument, which is surrounded by the Uinta National Forest and three neighboring state parks, where hiking trails, fishing, and other recreation is available.
Accommodations and services are located in nearby cities of American Fork and Lehi.
I first found out about this concept in Utah...... "Skipper's Seafood and Chowder House" offers fast-food seafood that inspite of the thought of fresh fish at a fast food restaurant not being very appealing.... is surprisingly really good!
This place is great if you are craving some good seafood but do not have all the time in the world to wait at a seafood restaurant to be served, leave tip, etc.
How many times have you thought you'd like seafood for lunch but decided against it for lack of time? Now you have a choice! a great choice!
Favorite Dish: The clam-chowder.
The fish and chips.....
Just one thing.... go with girlfriends only *OR* use your fork and knife..... otherwise...... guys will tease you FOR-E-VER!
What is the definition of craft?
"one who creates from a special skill"
The dictionary says "art, skill; also: an occupation requiring a special skill".
Utahns have a great understanding of craft work, and crafts accomplished by true artisans.... and if you are into crafts and you ever visit Utah... there's tons of carft stores all over!
Anywhere from Robert's to Michael's... to Scrapbook World! (oh yeah! tons and tons and hoodles of scrapbooking supplies shops!)
I know I let loose in American Fork... (I will devour the art I want to eat. I want to experience beauty by eating it. I have to digest it so it will nurture and help to create of me a better person, tuned into the needs of this world and other people)....
ok, ok... fine... that's my beautiful speech to justify spending hundreds of dollars at crafts shops... LOL
· Cedar City
· St. George
· Idaho Falls
· Brickyard Plaza
· Jordan's Landing
· American Fork (recently opened)
· Salt Lake City
· St. George
What to buy: CRAFTS!!!! supplies..... scrapbook paper, tools, stickers, etc