22 North Main Street
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.