Today I leave (reluctantly) Utah and its immense beauty. After the final event at the the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University. I rushed back to the hotel and set off for a hike in the mountains around Sundance. As you have likely seen on television, the area has been inundated by rains that produced massive flashing flooding in some parts of the state. However, the rain abated in the afternoon and I took off for the trails. It was spectacular.
The conference was an extraordinary exchange of ideas by academics from the areas of law, history and politics. My second presentation concerned Lincoln’s use of war powers and how they laid the foundation for expanding executive powers in the United States. I then participated in a wonderful exchange with Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project and Jennifer Weber, an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. We were fortunate also to have Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Judge on the International Court of Justice in the audience for this interesting exchange.
The hike in Sundance took me up to Stewart’s fall. I took a ski lift half way up the mountain and jumped off at the midpoint where a white trail begins. This adds a couple extra miles for a longer hike. It was glorious with mountain trails and meadows and bogs. I took a couple of side trails though some became difficult to navigate in the thick underbrush.
Here are some of the pictures of the different terrains. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Utah with its immense and unparalleled beauty. This area is an excellent example of what makes this state so magical. To make the day even more perfect, another hiker spotted my Cubs teeshirt and yelled out to me that the Cubs had just won the last of the series with Pirates. It cannot get better than that: natural wonders and Cubs victories on the trail.