Saturday Nights and Utah Teenagers
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We left Baker Nevada headed for Moab Utah on US-50 and then I-70. There are long stretches of highway in Utah with few people and no services. One section of I-70 has no services for over 100 miles. Beautiful country, but what do the locals do on a Saturday night? Apparently tossing shoes into a tree.
When I was a teenager in West Liberty Ky in the 70's, my fellow classmates and I drove loops through town. We turned at the Freezer Fresh at one end and the telephone company at the other. In Utah teenagers gather around the shoe tree on moonlit Saturday nights to see who can hang their shoes on the highest branch.
Laurie and I passed this tree in 2011 so when I saw it in the distance I knew we had to stop. Greg tried his hand at shoe tossing and finally got the hang of it. Calculating wind speed, direction and giving the shoes the proper spin seems to be the trick.
To be fair to the local teenagers I don't have a clue what they do on a Saturday night. But I don't think passing tourist are throwing their shoes up into this tree.
You may be interested in the next article, Hurrah Pass and Chicken Corners.
The previous article is Great Basin National Park, Baker Nevada.
© Bobby Daniel