Saturday, September 5, 2015
The roundabout way to Mantua...
We started out heading south from home, through Paradise and Avon and on to the (dirt) road leading over the mountains to Liberty. We didn't go more than two or three miles on that road, though, as we turned right (west) on a intersection that our map said leads all the way to Mantua. After passing through a gate we climbed for several miles, finally reaching a pass that gave us the view above. The lake is the Mantua Reservoir, and through the gap to its left you can make out (in the glare) the northern reaches of Brigham City.
After we crossed that “Falcon Valley”, we headed down a draw an into Mantua's valley. The photo above left shows some pretty lighting we saw on the way down. Mantua has an unlikely pronunciation: MAN-uh-way. How they get that pronunciation from that spelling is beyond my ken, but the locals all insist that's correct.
It was a very pleasant evening drive for us: some real four-wheeling, a bazillion falcons, and even a few deer thrown in for good measure. We'll be doing that drive again, for sure!