Monday, November 24, 2014

Travel Adventures

Chris and I spent the last 24 hours absorbing the sights and sounds of the Wasatch Valley near Salt Lake City, Utah. A dusting of fine snow fell over night, and after a hearty breakfast of waffles and outmeal, we set out on a mission to see the summit of Snowbird Ski Resort. Unfortunately, our plans were thwarted because only vehichles with snow chains or four wheeled drive were allowed to pass through the treacherous mountain pass. We turned our rental car around and headed for Temple Square, a must see tourist attraction in the heart of the city.

We spent the next few hours touring the headquarters of the Latter Day Saints, and I was amazed by the temple architecture and the pipe organs where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs. The temperature hovered around freezing all day, and as we traveled throughout Temple Square, Chris and I snuggled to keep warm. We stopped periodically to snap a few selfies, and luckily, we found a group of teenager tourists who showed up how to take "jumping" photos.

The next thing we new, we were back on the road headed north towards Antelope Island. A volunteer at the local visitor center told us about the huge buffalo herds and free-roaming antelope, and the Great Salt Lake did not dissapoint. The afternoon sun warmed our faces, and we loved learning about the pioneers who traveled west under treacherous circumstances. The looming mountains in the distance provided a pictureque backdrop to the salt-crusted lakes, and I learned a lot about prehistoric oceans and fossils.

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