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Little Cottonwood is a shorter wider canyon than Big Cottonwood.  The differences are visible right away as the granite cliffs tower over the road as soon as you enter the Little Cottonwood.


Largestonecutwithlayerofquartz At the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon is the little known Temple Quarry Nature Hike. Here you see Smith and Camille checking out the two large stones left by the quarrymen of the 1850s. This Quarry site is where granite stones were harvested for the Salt Lake Temple and the Utah State Capital. The stone is actually Quartz monzonite which is very similar to granite but has a different ratio of Quartz to feldspar minerals (granite contains more Quartz).  The quarried stone on the right shows the layers of Quartz clearly visible between the outer smooth surfaces. Scroll to the bottom of this site to see a good picture of the Quarry in action.  The picture below shows finger size holes along the edge of a stone where the quarrymen drilled in metal shafts along a natural crack. The shafts would act as wedges so that when the stone was hit with a sledge hammer it would cleave along that line. (This is a bit of an oversimplification but you get the idea, right?)


Glacialrockcreekbed The nature trail is a short hike, but it's mostly shaded and runs along a dry creek bed that is still full of glacial stones.  After spending too much time looking for the trail we found it right where we the right off the parking lot. (Don't ask.) But, it was a nice day to be outdoors and we had had a hearty breakfast at the Fork Lift Restaurant in Snowbird beforehand. My Trekking Sock came along on the journey and I even found time for some extreme knitting.


Today is Susan’s birthday.  She's away for a family vacation, but you could still leave her a Happy Birthday comment.


excellent Q.

Excellent indeed! Love the tree pic too.

the pic of you in the cottonwood is wonderful, both long limbed.

Geesh, would you look at those gams?

I love the tree picture. I used to love to climb trees andread there. Now I see that they are the perfect setting for knitting as well.

One Question....when is the Quiz?

This post is Quintessential Margene!
; )

You have the best weekends!

I'm picturing one of the boyz at the bottom of the tree, barking. ;-)

Thanks for the heads up about Susan. I swear, it seems like you plan some of your trips around the abc along. And why not? Perfect Q.

You come up with the BEST ideas!

Man, it must be so nice to live so close to so many beautiful places to visit!

Beautiful Qs, as usual, Margene! Thank you!

Due to M's recent illness, we weren't able to get over to Marble to the quarry there. I am glad someone had a Quarry for Q!

Lovely! makes me homesick for the canyon...

I always learn something from your blog, Margene. What a great story for "Q"! Knitting up in a tree - that is a new one!

Awesome quarry pictures, you tree climber, you!

Bautiful Q! That extreme knitting looks dangerous.

I've always been fascinated with the process the used to build the temple (I heard once that there is no mortar, but it's held together by the weight of the stones--crazy, huh?). It would be fun to see the quarry where it all started! Glad you got some good trekking in!

Good Q's.........

Hope you didn't fall out of that tree!

What an educational Q! I love the tree pose.

Margene, you are all leg! I'd LOVE to have your height! And I always like hearing about your hikes - you guys get around a lot. :)

Oh how fun! I know you must have been thinking of this as your Q post all year! I really need to do the ABC'along next year so I can plan ahead for day trips around our area!

Even though I got my yarn too late for the knitalong I'm going to be Trekking myself soon and using Mim's great Trekking sock pattern.

Your yarn and spindle and roving in the upper right photo are BEAUTIFUL Margene!!

I love that last picture!!!

How do you always get such wonderful picturess? It must come from living in a part of the country that is breathtaking. The midwest is nice, but we just don't have much breathtaking, although I do love my nearly daily any more cross across the Mississippi River.

What a great "Q," and it looks like you had a great trek :)

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