Saturday, May 28, 2011


Refusing to give up, we decided to take one more drive along the rim of Canyonlands. The floor of Canyonlands requires a lot of walking and that just isn’t part of our life anymore.

IMG_1772On the way to the drive, is this interesting, strange place. Not content to be just another guy with a drill and a dream, Albert Christensen hand-carved his luxurious suite of rooms out of a natural cliff face in the 1940s. He called it Hole N' The Rock.

IMG_1773Albert blasted and drilled for 12 years, then moved in with his wife Gladys in 1952. Inside is a 5,000 square foot home with 14 rooms.




IMG_1775The couple operated a diner in the first room until 1955 (Albert's first heart attack). Albert died in 1957, but Gladys lived 17 more years, running a cafe and gift shop.



Now it’s one of those quirky places where you need to stop just because it’s there. We didn’t take the tour but they have lots of pictures posted on their website.

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IMG_1782This golfer is made of golf clubs and golf club heads.


  1. We just stopped to walk around as well and found it very comical. Someone sure has an imagination to come up with some of those designs.

    FYI: We all enjoyed the Blu Pig last night, thanks for the recommendation.

    It was nice meeting the both of you; hopefully we will see you somewhere down the road.

  2. I'm one of those crazy people who love to stop at little touristy places like this. I kinda admire folks who are just trying to get by and make a living as best they can. Alway something interesting to see too.

  3. I did Canyonlands quite a few years ago. I don't remember seeing the Jeep with the bone on top though.

  4. This is right up our alley. Love the pictures. The lizard looks like it has a suit funny.

  5. Neat place. We've been to a few similar quirky places and there's always something interesting to see.

  6. Jim and Sandie -- welcome to Our Life on Wheels, and welcome to the great American Southwest! If you have no objections, we'd like to follow your blog! 25 years together is great - we're coming up on our 51st anniversary this year. We need to get together over a campfire and maybe an adult beverage, if you are of a mind to!


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