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    Senior Member B-dub's Avatar
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    I haven't been on the forum or ridden the TW for awhile. About a month ago my 25 year old daughter passed away due to a massive blood clot to the lung. It was sudden. My wife and I didn't even make it to the hospital in time to see her alive. I mention that as a way of encouraging you all to make sure your loved ones know how much you love them. Don't take your time with them for granted. You just never know when it may be their, or your time to go.



    In any case, I did get out for a few hours yesterday. The day was cool, but nice with the sun shining and no wind. When I was young we used to hunt deer on Coal Pits, at least that's what the old timers called it. I'm not aware of any coal deposits there. A long time ago I was led to an old sawmill site on Coal Pits mesa, and I thought I would like to nose around and see if I could find it again. I took my usual route out of the valley to the east. Yes, winter has arrived in southern Utah.







    I connected with one of my favorite trails, that skirts along the foot of Gooseberry Mesa. It's kind of remote, and not very heavily travelled.







    Fortunately the trail had dried out after recent storms. There were a few muddy places, but not too bad.







    As I neared the pavement east of Virgin town I spotted an L-19 Bird Dog cruising by about 100 feet off the ground. It was cool. Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to get a decent picture of it. More info here if you're interested in the L-19/O-1.



    Crossing over the Virgin River I spotted some ducks on the river. A couple of the ducks had obviously been hunted before as they were off the water and gone as soon as they saw me. Others didn't seem to be too concerned.







    I cruised east up the pavement less than a mile to the turnoff to Coal Pits, aka Dalton Canyon Road.



    Climbing up the dugway onto the mesa there was still snow and ice in the shady spots. I didn't have any issues with traction, though.











    Coal Pits borders the west end of Zion National Park. That's a dusting of snow on the peaks.







    Where we used to hunt is now fenced and private property. I did do a little exploring on the south end of the mesa, however.







    With the limited amount of public land still available it didn't appear I had much chance of finding the old sawmill, so I headed off the mesa.
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    sorry to hear of your loss. With as beautiful as your ride was, as shown in the photos, I'd like to think she was with you.
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    Not ready to head home just yet I decided I would stop and look around Virgin town some as I have roots there. It may seem kind of weird to you guys, but I don't find cemeteries to be creepy. With a strong interest in history I sometimes like to visit and look for the resting place of some of my ancestors. So, that's what I did, and I found ancestors on both my father's and my mother's sides of the family. One of my grandfathers buried there was a veteran of the Indian Wars, and one of my grandmothers also buried there served as Postmistress in Virgin for quite a few years. Virgin is a very small town, and it's cemetery reflects that.







    After finding my relatives I cruised into town to look around. This old building now serves at the Town Hall.







    I imagine this building served as a church at some point in time.







    Near the two buildings was a monument dedicated to the founders of Virgin Town.











    Riding around a little I spotted a couple of other old buildings. This one is in disarray, but I took a picture because I thought it's construction was interesting. On the left you can see the original log cabin with the part on the right added later on when lumber was more available. You can't see it in the picture but someone has put a covering over the roof. Hopefully the building will get some care before it collapses.







    By the time I had checked out Virgin town the sun was getting low and the temps were dropping so I headed home via Sheep Bridge road.



    It was good to enjoy riding the TW again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman tim View Post
    sorry to hear of your loss. With as beautiful as your ride was, as shown in the photos, I'd like to think she was with you.


    Thanks, and I like to think that, too.
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    my condolences.



    i'm awake at this hour as my cousin in in "labor" delivering a stillborn daughter. not only her, but the raw devastation that hits a family.

    i went for a therapy ride yesterday too.... it helped.



    thanks for sharing your story, and beautiful pics, on what must have been a very emotional ride.
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    My thoughts and prayer's are with you and your family.



    Very nice pictures. Your mention of the L-19 reminded me of a day several years ago. I was hiking in the Snake River Canyon when a couple of Air Force A-10's flew very low over the canyon. As they departed, I could here the coyote's howling on the other side of the river. Prior to the fly over, I had no idea the coyote's were there.



    Thanks for sharing B-dub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe band View Post
    my condolences.



    i'm awake at this hour as my cousin in in "labor" delivering a stillborn daughter. not only her, but the raw devastation that hits a family.

    i went for a therapy ride yesterday too.... it helped.



    thanks for sharing your story, and beautiful pics, on what must have been a very emotional ride.


    Thank you. I'm sorry for your loss, and pray that you and your family will find peace and comfort. I'm sure you'll find, as I did, that it's a bittersweet experience. Bitter in losing a child with so much of life in front of them, sweet from the kindness shown by a lot of good people.



    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    My thoughts and prayer's are with you and your family.



    Very nice pictures. Your mention of the L-19 reminded me of a day several years ago. I was hiking in the Snake River Canyon when a couple of Air Force A-10's flew very low over the canyon. As they departed, I could here the coyote's howling on the other side of the river. Prior to the fly over, I had no idea the coyote's were there.



    Thanks for sharing B-dub.


    Thanks Admiral. That was a cool experience with the A-10's. I guess the low flybys might be irritating to some folks, but I get a kick every time I get to see aircraft up close. Don't forget to hug the wife and kids.
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    Sorry for your loss, great recap and pictures!

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    My condolences. Your right lifes to short not to make sure our family knows we love them.





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    What "GREAT" photos......................... Just wonderful..........You are a real lucky T-dubber.. OMM.

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