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December 8, 2022 -- Price, Carbonville & Helper, Utah

22 North Main Street

Helper, Utah

December 8, 2022

Omaha! Omaha! Omaha! Remember how Peyton Manning would scream that at the line of scrimmage? Whether he was calling an audible or not, I did ... again.

This morning's plans were to snap a few photos in Price, drive to Helper, shoot a few photos here and then be on my way to Great Basin National Park. I was so sure that was what I was going to do that I contemplated making a reservation at a campground near Great Basin.

Glad I did not.

I knew I was in trouble when I looked down the Main Street in Price and saw the snow-covered ... are they mountains? Rocks? Formations? I'll go with rock formations. I've seen some amazing sights on my wanderabout and what I saw this morning ranks right up there. No matter where you look there is an amazing sight!

But still, after Price and Carbonville (those photos are primarily the ones in a housing development), I could still make Great Basin. But Helper sucked me in. It is such a charming and pretty old mining town. I understand that as recently as around 2007, it was in a sad state of repair. But among the mayor spearheading an effort to revitalize town and artists opening up galleries in old buildings on Main Street, a seed was planted -- and germinated! The librarian told me that old houses have been bought up and renovated so it is hard to find a rental anymore.

I visited a wonderful Mercantile store in town (old typewriters!), got my haircut and toured the fantastic town museum -- al the while taking photos. At 2:30 PM, I realized I was not going to make it to Great Basin today. I looked up Airbnbs in Helper and chose a renovated mill house as my home until tomorrow. I'll share photos of it tomorrow -- it is super sweet.

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