Nine Mile Canyon is billed on the BLM website as “an exciting journey into the history of prehistoric cultures, early travelers and the fast-disappearing Utah rural lifestyle. Magnificent canyon scenery, still home to an array of easily spotted wildlife, also awaits your visit.” “Exciting” and” history” were the only words I needed to read to put Nine Mile Canyon on the “to do” list on a recent trip through Utah. What I failed to notice on their website was the following, “During 2011-2012, 36 miles of the Nine Mile Canyon Road will be under construction for the purpose of improving the road to further protect cultural resources, improve drainage and satisfy public safety standards. W.W. Clyde Co. will be installing drainage pipe, widening the existing road and hard surfacing the road using a double chip seal. An environmentally friendly dust suppressant is being used on the road to control dust until the chip seal is applied. Please expect delays in portions of the canyon until the project is completed. ” What really made this an adventure was the lack of pilot cars or flagmen. For many miles we were on our own negotiating half built roads , dirt plies and OPERATING heavy equipment! I am not talking backhoes and stream rollers either, we were dodging earthmovers, excavators and those huge dump trucks with 8 foot tires typically used for mining! We would approach each piece of equipment carefully until we were sure the operator acknowledged us, then quickly pass, waving to the driver thanking him for not turning us into a pancake! Playing with giant Tonka Trucks in the dirt, just another adventure in RVing!
Unlike the Biblical account of David and Goliath I think the giant would have won!