If you’ve ever visited any national parks you’ve no doubt seen people crowded around the signs near the entrances – taking pictures. I guess it’s so they can show people that they were, in fact, at the Grand Canyon or Death Valley or wherever. It’s not unusual to see people standing in line, waiting for their opportunity.
Utah is not a national park, of course. It’s a state. But people stop at these signs as well. We got lucky here (Barbara, my wife, wanted a picture of this sign so we stopped). She had it all to herself. Almost immediately, though, a whole bunch of other vehicles arrived to take pictures. Not to mention a bus.
To me this is an interesting phenomenon. Interesting because I’ve never seen anyone do it on the New York state border (a State Trooper would probably arrest you for loitering if you did). I’ve also never seen anyone do it at most other state borders. So why Utah?
I guess it’s a good question. Maybe it’s because folks want to remember that they’ve been to Utah. Or maybe it’s right there on the sign: Life Elevated. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it’s catchy. I suppose it could mean that if you’ve seen all that there is to see in Utah, or at least some of it, your life has been “elevated”.
Personally, I like that interpretation; it makes sense to me.