Retiring in St. George

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I was driving to Gunlock Reservoir the other day in my swimsuit, ready to relax in the sun and to picnic by the reservoir when I saw a sign for Fire Lake Park, at Ivins Reservoir, on the side of the road near Kayenta.  I made a U-turn to investigate.  I found a wonderful surprise! 

I drove right up to a beautiful park with restrooms and a swimming area.  It was about 10:00 am and I was the only person there.  I walked around the swimming area to find a man-made spillway shooting water into the swimming area.  On the other side of the swimming area is beautiful Ivins Reservoir.

I found a place on the beach, put down my beach mat and enjoyed the park by myself for about a half an hour before several families came to enjoy the park with me.

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Trail Tuesday took me for a walk around beautiful Gunlock State Park, about 15 miles northwest of St. George, Utah.    According to  the Gunlock State Park website, Gunlock is named after William Haynes Hamblin, a Mormon pioneer who settled the Gunlock farming community one mile north of the reservoir.  “William Haynes Hamblin (nicknamed Will or Bill) was a good hunter and sharpshooter, and was skillful in repairing gunlock, which are the firing mechanisms for muzzle leaders.”  The park site talks about how the road next to the park is the “Old Spanish Trail used by horsemen and raiders from Sante Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles from the 1820s until the gold fields became the destination after 1849 and a shorter route was taken.”  Gunlock was

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As a retired member of the St. George community and an avid reader, I used to carefully write down the titles of the books I read in a notebook.  I would file these notebooks away never to really be looked at again.  Then I came upon a website called Goodreads.  Goodreads is an incredible, free website for book lovers.  It is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.  You can use the website from your computer or you can download the app and use it from your device.   You can sign up for an account by simply entering your name, email and a password.

The mission of Goodreads is “to help people find and share books they love.” To begin using Goodreads you select books that you have read, that you are currently reading or that you

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Trail Tuesday took me on a unique adventure this week to Kayenta, in Ivins, Utah.  I had heard about a peace garden in the area and I set out to find it.  I found what I was looking for, but it actually is the Desert Rose Labyrinth, located just off the main highway, in the Kayenta Area.  Kayenta is about 12 miles from St. George.  I drove from St. George out through Santa Clara on Old Highway 91, but you can also take Pioneer Parkway to this beautiful community. .  

I found out that the Desert Rose Labyrinth was built by the residents of the Kayenta community in the spirit of peace and unity.  It opened in the fall of 2004 and visitors are welcome to walk the labyrinth from dawn to dusk, daily.  The Desert Rose Labyrinth is an eleven-circuit labyrinth

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Every First Friday of every month, Historic Downtown St. George transforms into a multi-stage outdoor concert venue and street market.  Georgefest celebrates the best of southern Utah and is nightlife you can get excited about.  St. George City closes Main and Tabernacle Street which then allows food trucks, artists and vendors to sell their goods.  This also makes room for a FREE Main Street Concert. The Georgefest Jazz Garden offers after-hours socializing for adults 21 and over.  Live music and adult beverage options are provided here.  The Jazz Garden is located at Green Gate Village on Tabernacle Street. 

Tonight, June 2, is June Moon Jubilee!

Free Main Street Concert

  •          Opening at 6:30 pm – Crimson
  •          Headlining at
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Trail Tuesday took me to the Petrified Dunes in Snow Canyon Park, near St. George, this week.  The trail begins just north of the picnic areas of the Upper and Lower Galoots where you can park near the road.  Once you cross the road you will see the Upper Galoots.  If you hike to the north and around the Upper Galoots you will find the Petrified Dunes Trail.  The Petrified Dunes were once-flowing mountains of sand that are now mounds and crevices of Navajo sandstone.  You can climb the terrain and investigate these dunes for several hours.  You don’t have to worry about staying on the trail because these incredible rolling mounds are everywhere for you to explore.  Hiking the Petrified Dunes Train provides some incredible views of the park. 

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I recently retired after a 30 year career in education in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I moved with my husband to St. George upon retirement and began blogging for the David Ellis Group of Keller Williams.  After working every day for 30 years it has been a wonderful adjustment.   According to, St. George (the 7th largest city in Utah) has become one of the more popular retirement communities in the nation.  St. George is located in extreme southwestern Utah, with spectacular red rock bluffs overlooking the town, a mild climate in winter, and numerous, terrific recreational opportunities. describes St. George as "one of the fastest growing areas in the United States." 

I love St. George.  I feel like I am on vacation

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If you have never had a chance to attend a play, musical or concert at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, you are missing out.  Tuacahn Amphitheatre is located in the red rocks in Ivins, near St. George.   The mission of Tuacahn is this:  Tuacahn edifies and inspires the human spirit through professional world class family entertainment and unparalleled artistic and academic experience that matches the majesty of our canyon.    

This year Tuacahn is offering the following plays as part of their “Broadway in the Canyon” series:  Shrek: The Musical, Newsies, Mamma Mia and Fairy Tale Christmas.  Ticket prices start at just $29.  You can also buy packages that offer savings, if you purchase tickets to all three shows, not including Fairy Tale Christmas.  If

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I recently moved to St. George from the Salt Lake City area and one of the very first things I did upon arriving in St. George was to get myself a Washington County Library card.  What many St. George residents may not know is that you can manage your library account very easily online.  You can search the library catalog, place a hold on items you want to check out, renew items and order materials to be delivered to the branch nearest you.  The library notifies you when your items have come in and you will find them waiting for you to be checked out at the front desk.

The Washington County Library also offers eBooks (electronic books) for you to view or listen to on your own device.  You can easily download these materials from home and you have

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