Three Upcoming Fall Festivals near Vernal, Utah

Utah is an amazing place to live year-round, but the autumn brings us some of the most exciting events statewide. Vernal is uniquely located close to major centers of action, like Salt Lake City and Moab, but also plays host to its own unique events. Here are three can’t miss fall festivals near Vernal this year.

Utah State Fair in September

 The Utah State Fair will be held in Salt Lake City from September 8 to 18. There is no shortage of things to do at the fair, including the rodeo, circus, excellent food, music, and more. You can order your tickets to specific concert events online here.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival in October

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than this classic event down in Moab, Utah? The annual pumpkin chunkin’ event will be held on October 26 at the Old Airport Runway. The event will include pie eating (as well as lots of other eating from a number of food vendors), wiener dog races, costume contests, kids’ activities, game booths, arts and crafts, and more.

Vernal Community Holly Days Festival in November

 This annual event is free and family-friendly. This year marks the 15th annual festival. Come for the holiday spirit, including gingerbread house contests, a parade of lights, and more. The event will be held on November 23.

For more ways to celebrate the season, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Mustang Line-Lock Feature Added to EcoBoost Models

2017 Ford Mustang

Once you’ve experience the thrill and power that a burnout offers, you will want to do it again and again. Ford is now giving all Mustang owners that opportunity. It has announced that the Mustang line-lock features will come standard on all 2018 Mustang models, including those equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

Line-lock, which is a truck-exclusive feature, is used by drag racers to warm up the tires just before the race begins. When activated, line-lock builds up pressure in the front brakes so the driver can hit the throttle and spin out the rear wheels for up to 15 seconds.

In addition, Mustangs equipped with the available 12-inch digital instrument display will get see an animation of a tire throwing up a cloud of smoke when line-lock is activated.

Here at L&L Motor Co., we are excited that Ford decided to add the Mustang Line-Lock feature to all Mustang models. No matter if you choose the EcoBoost, V6, or one of the V8 engines, the Ford Mustang is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling ride.

Best Hiking Trails in Utah

Best Hiking Trails in Utah
Observation Point as seen from the top of from Angels Landing. By Aneta Kaluzna – Own work

Hiking is one of the best ways to get outdoors for some good, old-fashioned exercise! There’s little equipment involved and going for a hike is usually a free activity. Utah is home to several excellent hiking trails that are perfect for beginners and advanced hikers alike. Without further ado, here are some of the best hiking trails in Utah.

  • Buckskin Gulch – This hiking trail is one for experienced adventurers and will challenge hikers to their very core. This set of narrows is long and deep with few areas that allow hikers to exit. Check the weather before heading out for a hike and be sure to contact the Kanab BLM office for the most recent trail conditions. Bring plenty of water before entering Buckskin Gulch and be ready to feel the burn!
  • Angels Landing – Hikers with a fear of heights would do well to avoid Angels Landing. This day-trip trail is perfect for well-versed hikers and is rarely left vacant. Parts of the route can be dangerous so be sure to avoid hiking in bad weather!
  • Narrows of Zion Canyon – This trail is one of the most well-known in Zion National Park and follows the Virgin River through the Narrows of Zion Canyon. Experienced hikers would do well to bring enough supplies while beginners are advised to take on an easier trail first.

The Best SUVs for Vacation

Best SUVs for Vacation
The Ford Expedition’s three roomy rows make it an ideal SUV for vacations

When you’re going on a family vacation, there can be a thin line between a great trip and a catastrophe. That’s why it’s especially important to take the right vehicle, an SUV like the Escape, Explorer, Edge, or Expedition. Each of these model has tons of storage, a comfortable interior, great entertainment options, and a fuel-sipping powertrain.

Parents.com argues that space is very important—one reason you should always pack light. Many Ford models come with tons of space for storage and legroom, making them ideal models for long road trips. Below is a list of SUVs and their storage space and seating:

  • 2016 Ford Edge – 73.4 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Escape – 67.8 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Explorer – 80.7 cu ft – seating for seven
  • 2016 Ford Expedition – 108.3 cu ft – seating for eight

Depending on the size of your family, you can select the right Ford model for you. You’ll always have room for bags, as well as plenty of space for seating.

Ford models also come with great features for keeping the kids entertained. These include the advanced Ford SYNC with MyFord touch system, helping you to stay better entertained than ever before. Rear seat DVD systems are available, as well as integrated Wi-Fi and premium audio systems.

Best of all, Ford models are renowned for their fuel economy. The Edge and Escape get up to 30 highway mpg, while the Explorer gets an impressive 28 highway mpg. Finally, the Expedition can get up to 21 mpg—incredible for a full-size SUV. It’s undeniable that Ford models are the best SUVs for vacation.

How to Have a Great Road Trip!

road trip

Just one stressful road trip can leave a poor taste in your mouth. But you can only sulk so long before it’s time to put those scary leather driving gloves on and hop back in the driver’s seat. Here are some tips on how to have a great road trip!

Unless you desperately need them, try turning your phones off and leaving them in the glove box. This might mean bringing a paper map but that only adds to the fun!

Break up the drive by playing fun road trip games! One of our favorites at L&L Motors is “Name That Tune.” Hum or whistle a melody and the other parties have to guess what it is. This can get especially interesting if any of the participants are tone deaf.

Eat local. Sometimes when you are on the road, the tendency is to try and make good time by cutting down on stops. Sitting down for a meal can eat up your time but remember—it’s not a race! Not to mention, you have the added benefit of interacting with locals. They can frightening or friendly but either way, it’s always interesting.

Most importantly, as the Huffington Post recommended, you should definitely “make a plan”…just not a “rigid one!” This is akin to holding a fragile bird in your hand. Tight enough to hold it but not too tight that you strangle the life out of it.