Before Crater Lake and after Idaho there was Utah. From the moment we set foot (or wheel) into Utah, we were impressed. The landscape was stunning and the colors really vibrant. I wish there were pictures to share but of course I was driving and Micah was sleeping. I did snap this one at a rest stop.
We drove through Salt Lake and headed for our home for the night, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. We put up our tent, spread out and enjoyed the cool temperatures. The next morning we headed toward Timpanogos Cave National Monument only to find it was closed for the week. We then headed for the lake, then our hotel. After a shower and a nap, we set off for Temple Square.
We wandered around Temple Square for a while and took in the lovely buildings. It is quite the spread. Eventually we wandered into the Conference Hall and went on a mini tour of the facility. The only place that I can compare the main hall to is the UN in New York. Honestly, the place is MASSIVE. I can’t even imagine it full. Of course, Micah has the pictures and I forgot to ask him for them. The tour was interesting. It was like Church of Latter Days Saints (LDS) for dummies. I’ve always been fascinated by religion (even considered majoring in Theology) and walking through the halls basically being given a summary of the LDS faith through art was great. Also, The view from roof was pretty good too.
Here’s the temple from the ground.
After the Temple Square and dinner, we decided to do something a little different and catch a Salt Lake City Bees minor league baseball game. The stadium was great. Very small with good views from anywhere. We bought a place in outfield and enjoyed the grass and weather.
Eventually we had to leave the outfield for a covered seat as a storm was coming. Luckily, we now had a view of a rainbow.
After breakfast the next morning, we left Salt Lake and headed west to Reno. On our way we drove by the salt flats. The white pile in the picture is salt at the Morton’s factory.
Eventually we drove through a desert of salt. It was very cool but very weird. I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road.
Eventually we passed through Utah and into Nevada which, unfortunately, was not as spectacular from our car. I did manage to snap this picture.
We really liked Salt Lake City and were surprised by it. Being the home of LDS, I assumed it would be really conservative. I was prepared to cover my shoulders, knees and chest when out in public only to find lots of people running around in not so conservative clothing (apart from on Temple Square). We both like to feel of the place and how outdoorsy it was for a city. I actually think if I had to live inland, Salt Lake would be high on my list. Salt Lake was a great place and I’m glad we gave it a chance.
All in all, the trip was a success. We managed to get some time in cities but had a healthy amount of time outside. We truly enjoyed the trip and were happy we decided on somewhere new. Have you been pleasantly surprised by a place you thought you wouldn’t like or think twice about?