The real "Hole in the Rock". While I was Director of State Lands and Forestry,
I accompanied members of the Board of State Lands on many trips throughout the
state to visit various sites affecting our ownership or management of
properties. We traveled the route described in your book "The Undaunted". Cal
Black of Blanding took us to a remote site North of the main trail where we
explored a hole in solid rock approximately 200 to 300 feet in diameter and the
same distance deep with sheer walls. There was no way to get to the bottom where
bushes and several Cottonwood Trees grew. Cal explained his ancesters had
emigrated to Blanding through this area and proposed that this formation could
have been identified as the feature in the name of the trail. We went to the
narrow break in the cliffs adjacent to Lake Powell and he explained that the
original immigrants had used ropes and block and tackles to lower wagons and
teams to the river and across to the other side and onto the San Juan.
Thanx for the story. While renting a houseboat a couple of years ago on Lake
Powell, we saw the Hole in the Rock and it piqued our interest to know more.
Very cool to hear there's now a book out. I'm a fan of Gerald Lund's books, ever
since reading "Leverage Point" back in the '80s. So I'm looking forward to
reading this one.
Thlank you for "Hole in the rock"! Last spring while my wife was in the
hospital, I tried to find something on "Hole in the Rock", "the pioneer treck"!
All the computer could give me was "The Home in the rock!" Thank you,Carma
I just read the article and found a Christmas gift for my husband or/and
my father-in-law. Hurray!!!
Once I started reading this book I could scarcely put it down. It is very
informative historically, as well as having a wonderful fictional cast of
characters and story line. I highly recommend it just as I do the "Work and the
Glory" series and "Fire of the Covenant."
I can hardly wait to begin reading this book, which I already own. I'm grateful
for authors like Gerald Lund who are willing to put in the time and effort to
research real people and events and then make the story come to life for the
rest of us! These brave pioneers need to be remembered, too.