BRING YOUR HIKING BOOT WITH YOU TO MOAB AND GRAND COUNTY, UTAH
MOAB AND GRAND COUNTY, UTAH
I am a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate. As such, I was required to choose a nitch. I say “nitch” The Canadians say “Neetch”. I have chosen my home town of Moab, Utah as my passion and my nitch. Therefore, this is another post about Moab.
A LITTLE HISTORY
In the 1920’s, my family, Utah cowboy Buck Kirk and his wife, Neva, ran cattle on the Book Cliffs in northern Grand County, Utah. The depression brought an end to this endeavor, and around the time of my birth, in 1932, Buck was driving trucks for the Moab Garage Company. He eventually became the owner of acreage and grazing rights in Brown’s Hole, an area which could be considered in the La Sal Mountains. Brown’s Hole is in San Juan County, close to the town of La Sal.
Brown’s Hole Cabin
GROWING UP IN MOAB
Moab was, (and is) a perfectly wonderful place in which to grow up. Hiking was the preferred activity for all young Moab residents. (I wonder if it still is.) If you re a hiker, don’t forget to take your hiking boots with you when you visit Moab.
The school (the only school in Grand County), was efficiently run, with good teachers), and most of us completed our 12 years, and learned enough to become good citizens.
One of the best things about growing up in Moab was the lifelong friends that were made. With a small population at that time (less than 1,000,) we were all engrossed in the town, and many of us were related.
THE NEW MOAB
Moab is now a bustling, busy, tourist destination. Visitors from all over the world line the streets. Arches National Monument, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point are the main attractions, but Moab itself has become a very popular destination. Hiking and mountain biking are known activities, and don’t forget your hiking boots. There are now many motels, which is very different from having only the old Moab Hotel.
I can’t help but wonder what the youth of the town do for entertainment. Do they hike? Do they dance? Or are they only on their computers and cell phones?. I know there are some drug problems there, but I hope the problems are not excessive.
Since I no longer live in Moab, it is my hope that the small town experience is still prevalent there. It was such a wonderful, unique town at the time of my youth. I would be there still, but life happens, and life has taken me to Arizona. My 3 children also live here, and several of my grandchildren are Arizona residents. My son, Kirk, (of course I would name him “Kirk”) also loves Moab, and has researched the history. He has composed a CD about the Wilson family, called “Left for Dead:”, and it is available on Amazon.
My Grandson, Spencer Hawley, is also a very interested in Moab and its history, and Spencer keeps us informed of our heritage.
Moab now has a population of 5,000, which is much different from the population of 1,000, as it was when I lived there.
I do not plan to return to Moab or Grand County, but the Old Moab will live on in my memories.
Thank you for reading my article about Moab, Utah.