Blogging From The Road - The Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah
This is a piece of Americana that's just too charming to pass up. Back in the 1940s, Albert Christensen began carving out a piece of massive red stone in the Utah desert. It eventually became a roadside diner, mostly catering to miners in the area. Later he and his wife, Gladys, excavated 5,000 square feet into the rock, creating their expansive home which included 14 rooms around massive pillars and even included a fireplace and chimney.
Albert died in 1957 with the home not yet completed. Gladys finished it in his memory and then supported herself by making jewelry which she sold in the gift shop. Gladys passed away in 1974 and was buried beside Albert in a special alcove carved into the rock behind their home.
Now days the "hole" where the diner used to be is a gift shop and offers tours of the original house still decorated with its original furnishings. We took the tour yesterday, but no photography was allowed so you'll have to visit the website to see interior photos: http://theholeintherock.com.
The grounds also include a trading post and general store, as well as interesting sculptures, "big foot", "Mater" from the Cars movie and even a small zoo.