Discoveries...America: Utah is a 60-minute documentary
about the state of Utah, featuring several different locations.
Beginning in Park City, the video describes the Utah Olympic Oval
(the largest indoor running track, soccer field, and ice skating
rink) as well as cross-country ski trails, inner tubing at Soldier
Hollow Olympic Venue, and public bobsled rides. Park City looks
like a skier's paradise! Tourists can visit a ski museum that covers
the history of the sport. The ski jump classes for all skill levels
look exciting. Hot air balloon rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides,
and live country music are some of the non-skiing forms of entertainment
Next we go to Flaming Gorge to visit with three fly-fishermen.
They describe the history of fishing at Flaming Gorge, and we get
to see them in action as they catch fish and return them to the
water. We also meet the proprietors of a fly fishing store and
hear about their family business in the community of Dutch John.
We are also introduced to the unique centuries old sport of pigeon
racing through an interview with a man who is passionate about
his pastime and his pigeons. These birds are trained, or conditioned,
to fly hundreds of miles to reach their home.
The segment on Salt Lake City focuses on the Mormon Church, specifically
the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and its director as well as the genealogy
library and the vast charitable programs of the LDS church. Red
Canyon is the last stop, where we see beautiful rock formations
in and around Bryce Canyon National Park and the Kodachrome Basin.
This was a very enjoyable video for our entire family to watch.
Since we recently vacationed in Utah and hope to again, it was
of personal interest, and some of the scenery was familiar to us.
Three questions came to mind while viewing this Utah documentary.
First, it is understandable to focus on Park City during the winter
since it is a winter sports playground, but I wonder why the rest
of the footage was taken during the winter also. Warm weather is
much more conducive to camping, hiking, and other outdoor sports
enjoyed in the southwest. Second, although it's impossible to see
everything in 60 minutes, I wish Zion National Park, a favorite
vacation destination in the state, had been included. Finally,
I wondered why so much time was spent on fly fishing and pigeon
racing. Although these were informative, I question the breadth
of their appeal.
Discoveries...America: Utah would be perfect for those
studying the state of Utah or for those who are planning a trip
to this beautiful state.