Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Signing Under the Horse Head

Yes, I'm actually having a book signing under the horse head.
Sounds funny, right? I'm sure someone is picturing me sitting next to my horse and signing books.
Now, I love horses, but.....

 unfortunately, I'm not going to be doing any book signings with any equine friends.

However I am having a book signing in my home town of Monticello, Utah--a small picturesque town that sits on the foothills of the Blue Mountain.

And thus...I will be having a book signing under the horse head. Do you see it? There is a horse head on the mountain side.  It's shaped out of trees and depicts the head, neck, two ears, and the blaze down the horse's face which is marked with snow. Yes the trees do grow naturally in that shape and it's always been there. Here's a better look.

It might take a little imagination for some people, but it's always been easy for me to see it, but then I grew up looking at it every day.

The book signing is set up on the 26th of July which is the weekend of Monticello's Pioneer Day celebration so I get to enjoy the whole small-town celebration, and you can't get any better than a small town celebration which comes complete with a parade on main street and booths in the park.

And it is a SMALL town. Population 1,981. Nope that wasn't a typo.
This is main street during rush hour.

Has anyone driven through Monticello lately? It's a gorgeous little mountain retreat. First settled by the pioneers in the late 1800's, the name: Monticello, is in honor of Thomas Jefferson's estate which can be found on the back of most nickles. The town still has several old buildings like the Court House pictured below.

And the old LDS church.

And some old houses. This particular house, built around 1916, is on the street where I grew up. We used to play kick-the-can and hide-n-seek there all the time. It had the best hiding spots in the whole neighborhood, not to mention the best ghost stories.

Lots of old things can be seen around--and yes this tractor actually runs.

And there are some new things. Like The Hideout, an 18 hole golf course, which  has been ranked the No. 2 Golf Course in Utah. And Monticello is also home to the first mini-Temple ever built.

So if you haven't been to Monticello, you should go visit. And if you're there for the Pioneer Day Celebration this month then stop by and see me. I'll be at the San Juan Record (49 South Main) on Friday, July26th from 2:00pm till 4:00pm signing books.


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