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I believe you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.


The "Heartbeat Of America" is not some pick-up truck.
You Drivers are the "Heartbeat Of America" and always will be.
Our country function's just like the human body
The Interstates are the main arteries, and the highways are the many different veins and avenues.

Trucks continue to move our needs which is, the blood flowing, and in return, this keeps the beat going.

"Hear The Beat"!

It's all from "GOD" and only He
Made rivers drain into the sea
He made the earth, the air we breath
And all the things he knew we need.

As his creation moved along
Population got so strong
Many loads, time was draggin
He retired that covered wagon.

Thats when "The Big Trucks" came abroad
The time had come to build his "Squad".
Ah, special group in his right hand
To help maintain the Promise Land
He needed Trucks, that could run
And this is where it all begun.

"Ride The Ride" "Hear The Beat"!
"GOD" found a way, to move the wheat.
He showed man how to build ah' Pete.
To move our goods across the land.
He needed more than just ah' van.
More trailers came he would select.
He designed a float, and that drop-deck.
That ol' cow trailer which now they stack.
That’s "God's" pride that "Ol" Bullrack".
He knew that he had made a keeper,
First time man designed a reefer.
This trailer had a lot of use.
Ah' "Chicken Truck" that moved produce.
From eggs, to meat, to candy bars
Trailers that would haul the cars
"Logs, Rocks, ah' Hopper Bottom"
"Tanker Yankers" "GOD" has got'em.

Trucks move material to make the steel
And everything in your next meal
From Beans, to rice, to sugarcane
It all ends up in that left lane.
The lumber it took to build your house
Your cloths, to your computer mouse
Everything that’s in your yard
The gas you just put in your car.
When that "Big Rig" is on the street
He might be haulin' what you eat
He brought the goods for that New Born
That later tells him, "Blow Your Horn"

On the road, if you break down
You watch that "Big Rig" turn around
He'll help you out, and once again
Ah' Drivers day don’t ever end.
All you need don’t come by luck
"Next time "SMILE" at that Big Truck"

"Slap That Knee","Stomp Them Feet".
"Ride The Ride" "Hear The Beat"!

Tornado, Flood, ah' Hurricane
Container Ship, or on ah' Train
In heat, the rain, in sleet or snow
A Driver and his Truck Must Go
For all the loads that do arrive
Some Driver had to make that Drive
He kissed his family left his home
He visits them by telephone
They always try, to do their best
But never do get proper rest
Ya' have no clue what they do
And they do it all, for me and you.

Problems they face everyday
Like when the cars are in their way
The shipper says, this load cant wait
Before he leaves, the load is late
He's off again, & "What A Deal"
Another load on his fifth wheel.
He climbs onto the interstate
Starts to think, about the rate
Ah' thousand miles, he's on his way
He takes time out and starts to pray.

"I Thank you lord for another day "
Protect the family while I'm away
Please keep me safe out on the road
Come ride with me another load.
One sure way, for you to score.

"Just "Keep The Faith", and "Praise The Lord".

He heads on where he needs to be
He watches for the DOT
He knows that they can throw their hook
It all begins, with that log book.
There’s not a lot, that he can do
Like when that fuel card won’t go through
The heat goes out, he's in the cold
When he calls in, he's put on hold.
He needs to eat, take a shower
He must unload, within the hour
Another load, off he goes
He needs to stop to wash his cloths
The nights are long, and all alone
He takes time out to call his home.


He tells them everywhere he's been
His family really misses him

Drivers I can tell you this
I know your family's dearly missed
And all those miles away from home
You have a guide, your not alone
You do a job, you love to do
Always there, and God's with you
And all the places you have been
"GOD" thanks you as you do for him.
You Drivers keep his world alive
Without you, it won’t survive
Walk the dog, kick the cat
Look straight up, tip your hat.
Stay alive, "Pray To GOD"
Live Your Part, "The GOD Squad"
"Slap That Knee","Stomp Them Feet".
"Ride The Ride", "Hear The Beat"
"One sure way for you to score,
"Just "Keep The Faith" and "Praise The Lord".
"Keep The Faith" and "Praise The Lord".
When the Trucks stop movin', The Heart stops beating!

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Lake Powell

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Glen Canyon Dam
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Water 74+ F
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Lake Mead
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Hoover Dam

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Water 80+ F
Water level 54% full
Lake Mohave
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Laughlin, NV
Bullhead City, AZ
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Water level 93% full
 Lake Havasu
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Parker Dam
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Water level 93% full
 Lake Martinez 
Yuma, AZ
Laguna Dam
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The Land

Utah’s canyons, in the northwestern part of the Great Circle, on the Colorado Plateau, give eloquent testimony to their geologic history.  Venturing into the land of the canyons, you will discover sinuous and labyrinthine gorges, eerie slot canyons, monumental sandstone arches and natural bridges, towering monoliths, isolated buttes and mesas, veritable sculpture gardens, great sand dunes and volcanic landscapes—each a chapter in a story that began 600 million years ago. 

The Colorado Plateau itself, spanning some 140,000 square miles, speaks to colossal forces that lifted the entire landform like an elevator for thousands of feet.  Stratified canyon walls tell of advancing and retreating seas that laid down thick beds of sediments atop the plateau.  Gorges, arches, spires, buttes and stone monuments reflect the infinitely relentless work of flowing streams, spalling rock and gravity.  The sand dunes comprise the debris from erosion.  The volcanic landscape, primarily in the western part of the Colorado Plateau, recalls a time when molten rock and ash erupted violently from the earth’s interior and spread across parts of the countryside. 

If you happen to be a spiritual descendent of the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Abbey, Leopold or Bedichek, you will find that the sculpted land of southern Utah will draw you into its heart, luring you with an compelling call to adventure, discovery, solitude, mystery and reflection.  In the Canyonlands – the name for the eastern part of the region – you can explore three national parks, several national monuments, a national recreation area, various state parks and isolated sanctuaries.  In the High Plateau – the western part of the region – you can visit two more national parks, still more monuments and state parks and a national forest.

Parks and Monuments of the Canyonlands

In the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, both near Moab, the agents of erosion cut the features from the same pieces of 100- to 300-million-year-old sedimentary geologic cloth, but they used different patterns. 

In the 74,000-acre Arches National Park, water and spalling, working in partnership with gravity, have carved more than 2000 sandstone arches – the greatest concentration in the world – features that rise like rainbows of stone above the landscape.  Moreover, according to a Geologic Resource Evaluation report produced by the U. S. Department of Interior, “a collection of balanced rocks, fin-shaped rock features, rock pinnacles, folded rock strata draped over salt diapirs [a geologic formation], stark exposures of millions of years of geologic history, petrified sand dunes that once swept across a desert landscape millions of years ago, evidence of a sea that once drowned eastern Utah, and a maze of deep narrow canyons grace the park.” 

In the Canyonlands National Park, four and a half times larger than Arches National Park, Nature’s sculptors have carved a couple of 2000-foot-deep gorges (cut by the Colorado and Green Rivers), thousands of smaller canyons and a dazzling array of stony icons.  They have divided the park into three major districts: Island in the Sky, a 1000-foot-high dissected mesa with one of the most scenic drives in North America; Needles, a mind-numbingly complex landscape of sandstone pillars, domes, arches and narrow canyons; and the Maze, one of the most rugged and isolated areas in the American Southwest.  “I feel myself sinking into the landscape” said Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire. 

To the west of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Capitol Reef National Park – named for a cluster of capitol rotunda-shaped rock domes – embraces and protects the Waterpocket Fold, a north-to-south upward warp in the earth’s crust.  Produced by the same forces that lifted the Colorado Plateau, “The Fold,” says The Away Network Internet site, “is the defining geologic formation that makes up Capitol Reef National Park, a 100-mile stretch of buckled earth characterized by crimson cliffs, soaring spires, massive domes, serpentine canyons, graceful arches, stark monoliths and silence.”

In addition to the national parks of the Canyonlands, you have the opportunity to visit a host of other spectacular sites, for example: the 6500-foot-high Natural Bridges National Monument, a comparatively remote and less traveled area with three towering natural bridges that span meandering streams; the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, an isolated and, to the Native Americans, a sacred site with a 290-foot-high natural bridge, the tallest in the world; the 2600-square-mile Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a canyon-laced area so rough and isolated that it was the last region in the U. S. to be mapped; the 2000-square-mile Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a Martian-like landscape of bare red sandstone gorges and cliffs that embrace the Lake Powell reservoir, with its 2000-mile-long shoreline; the small Goblin Valley State Park, a setting with a cast of strange mushroom-shaped stone figures and skeletal-like cliff faces; Gooseneck State Park, a tightly wound 1000-foot deep gorge cut by the San Juan River; the 8-square-mile Dead Horse Point State Park, a high peninsula of land overlooking canyons carved by the Colorado River, 2000 feet below; and the San Rafael Swell, “a seldom explored wilderness area containing many narrow canyons amidst great expanses of colourful slickrock with arches and natural bridges, cliffs, ridges and mesas,” according to the American Southwest Internet site.

Parks and Monuments of the High Plateau

In the 35,835-acre Bryce Canyon National Park, east of Cedar City in the High Plateau region, you can see, occupying a complex of U-shaped amphitheaters, perhaps the world’s largest cast of hoodoos—pillars of stone shaped like the pawns of a chess set.  The hoodoos exude a sense of the ethereal, like a creation by an otherworldly force.  The bewitching, undulating shapes led the Paiute Indians to believe that the hoodoos had once been evil creatures who could transform themselves into people—until Coyote (frequently the “Trickster” in the folk stories of the prehistoric Southwest) changed them all into stone.  Coyote left them frozen in place like Lot’s wife, who turned into a pillar of salt when she dared look back at God’s destruction of the evil city of Sodom.  By contrast, the shapes have led geologists to believe that water has carved the hoodoos in a process called differential erosion, in which softer rocks of the columns wear away more rapidly than harder rocks, leaving the undulating forms standing in place like Lot’s wife. 

In the 147,000-acre Zion National Park, located south of Cedar City and on the western edge of the Colorado Plateau, you can trace the geologic history of the region like you would read the middle pages of a book.  Zion’s highest strata correspond with Bryce’s lowest strata.  Its lowest strata correspond to Grand Canyon’s highest strata.  Its middle strata tie the geologic story into a whole.  Located at the edge of the Colorado Plateau, Zion’s streams, over millions of years, have cascaded with gathering power down the steepening slope of the rising landform, cutting deep canyons, triggering landslides and reshaping the landscape in a relentless rush to the Colorado River and the sea.  “Nothing can exceed the wondrous beauty of [Zion],” said Captain Clarence E. Dutton in a U. S. Geological Survey report in 1881.   “in its proportions it is about equal to Yo Semite [Yosemite], but in the nobility and beauty of the sculptures there is no comparison.”

Beyond Bryce and Zion National Parks, you can visit Cedar Breaks National Monument, a 2000-foot-deep natural amphitheater with a forested rim and sculpted walls; Pipe Springs National Monument, a living history exhibit of Indian and frontier life in the region; the Escalante State Park, a colorful geologic jigsaw puzzle of sculpted forms, “creeping” boulders, volcanic debris and petrified trees; and the Kodachrome Basin State Park, a colorful kaleidoscope of carved canyon walls and cylindrical stone columns.

In addition to the parks and monuments in the High Plateau, you can find a true wilderness experience in the 2,000,000-acre Dixie National Forest, an area distinguished by its diversity and its isolated enclaves.  At the lower elevations, about 2800 feet, the forest receives about 10 inches of precipitation and supports only a sparse desert-like community of plants and wildlife.  At the upper elevations, over 11,000 feet, it receives some 40 inches of precipitation (primarily snowfall) and supports woodlands of conifers and aspen.  It experiences summer temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the lower elevations and winter temperatures of 30 degrees below zero in the higher elevations.  In its canyon walls, you discover sculpted features and colors much like those you will see in the parks and monuments, and on Boulder Mountain, a high-elevation plateau, you will find hundreds of small lakes and ponds, jewels in the forests. 

Prehistoric Spiritualists

The land of canyons – raised, fractured, folded and carved – gives stark testimony to the work of universal and timeless forces, and it instills in the human mind, primal and modern, a sense of reverence and wonder.  You will see the evidence in the mystical figures engraved, chiseled and painted on cliff faces and boulders by nomadic hunters and gatherers, early village farmers, Puebloan peoples and raiding tribes who sought spiritual sustenance in an awesome world.  

Since rock art sites serve modern Indian peoples, for instance, the Navajos, for ceremonies and ritual, we can imagine that the images served earlier peoples in a similar way.   We might presume, for instance, that the figures may have functioned as shamans’ gateways to the spirit world, a community’s plea for a bountiful crop or a successful hunt, a family’s celebration of human passages, or a culturally related group’s record of a mythical event.  However, as F. A. Barnes said in Canyon County Prehistoric Rock Art, “it is quite likely that not even the application of the best available scientific logic will produce reliable information about the actual meanings and uses of specific designs or panels of Southwester prehistoric rock art.” 

As you explore the abundant rock art sites across the canyon country, you will find, for example, mysterious realistic and stylized images of sacred and mythical figures, ceremonial masked dancers, migrations, warriors, agricultural and hunting scenes, game animals, weapons, symbolic icons, planets or stars, and geometric shapes.  “The enormous diversity in Southwest rock art,” said preeminent authority Polly Schaafsma in her Indian Rock Art of the Southwest, “reflects the complexity of southwest prehistory and of the ideologies and ritual and social functions in which rock art played a part.”

For instance, according to Kevin L. Callahan, “An Outline of Utah Rock Art,” Upper Midwest Rock Art Research Association Internet site, you may see a diversity of geometric shapes produced by hunting and gathering bands as much as 8000 years ago, a couple of millennia after the end of the Ice Ages; distinctively shaped images of humans and animals left by hunters and gatherers 5000 years ago; life-size, ghostly figures of humans and animals painted by the founders of the Puebloan traditions some 2000 years ago; figures of elaborately costumed and bejeweled humans painted and chiseled by Puebloans 7 to 17 centuries ago; and representations of people and animals of European origin rendered by the historic Ute and Paiute


A few of the places where you can visit outstanding rock art sites include Arches National Park, in Courthouse Wash; Canyonlands National Park, in the Needles and Maze districts; Capitol Reef National Park, along the Fremont River; Zion National Park, near the numerous Anasazi cliff dwellings; Sand Island, near the San Juan River south of Bluff; San Rafael Swell, in several canyons; and, among the most famous, Newspaper Rock State Park, between Monticello and Canyonlands National Park.

Sermons in Stone

The land of canyons is a library of geologic history, a summons to adventure and wonder, and a challenge to the human intellect.  The sculpted chasms and landforms validate what Richard Ordway said years ago in his Earth Science: “Mountains, hills, plateaus, and valleys are not permanent features of the Earth’s surface but only temporary forms in an ever-changing pattern.  Rocks are not dead, inert, and unchanging; they are alive with messages about a geologic history that stretches backward into time for many hundreds of millions of years.  There really are ‘sermons in stones’ for anyone who knows how to decode the records…” 

More Information, Canyonlands Region

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Grand Staircase-Escalante NM
Natural Bridges National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Zion National Park

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