Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Utah ~ Salt Lake City, The Great Salt Lake and Bryce Canyon National Park #traveltuesday

We visited Utah on a trip we took through Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Tom had always wanted to go to Bryce Canyon National Park. Me, not so much. That would have involved hiking at 5 in the morning and I was not up to that.

While Tom went hiking, I stayed at the hotel and relaxed and went to the pool and read. It was heaven. I know I missed some beautiful nature blah blah blah but Tom took cool pictures and I lived vicariously through him. I am just not an outdoorsy type of gal.

From Bryce Canyon, we headed up to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City was so much cooler than we thought it would be. It was a little strange because we had to join a club to get a drink at the hotel and not all the restaurants served liquor.

But overall, it was cute and it had some great restaurants and a good vibe. We also drove out to see the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake was sort of a bust. It was smelly and there were dead fish in the water. We stuck our toes in but that was it. But at least we can say we were in the Great Salt Lake.

We also visited the Salt Lake City Temple Square which includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir building and the big old church. It was interesting. Now I don't want to offend anyone with my post but I have to be honest about my story. So I apologize if I offend but that's life.

We entered the complex and were met by some lovely Mormon girls who would be our tour guides. They were friendly and sweet. But there was a strange monotone quality about the way they talked. And they talked a lot about Mormonism. But I guess that was to be expected since we were in the Mormon Temple Square.

We started off in a building where were were shown giant murals detailing of beginning of the Mormon experience. It was interesting although I am not a believer.

At one point our guide told us that Jesus visited the Native Americans. I think she must have seen my reaction to that little nugget because she looked straight at me and said: "It's true". To prove this, she opened a book she had in her hand and showed us a painting of Jesus visiting with the Native Americans. She was serious. I was a little skeptical. I was just about to either burst out laughing or say something when I felt a pain in my shin where Tom kicked me.

Tom always kicks me when he knows I am about to open my mouth and say something I probably shouldn't or burst out laughing. I know he knew I was about to burst out laughing. And not only did  I get "don't even think of it" kick in the shin but I got the "keep your mouth shut" hairy eyeball. The hairy eyeball is serious so I stopped myself from laughing. But it was difficult.

After that, we went up some stairs and we were asked to sit because a show was going to start. Directly in front of us was a huge Jesus. I am not kidding. This was a giant 8 foot Jesus head. We were told to sit and listen because Jesus wanted to give us a message. So we sat and then the giant Jesus started talking to us and it freaked me out. His eyes lit up and there was a weird light show.

At this point, I got another hairy eyeball because I actually snickered. The hairy eyeball and the punch in my arm brought me back to reality. Yes, he punched me in the arm. WTH?

Well, Jesus was quoting scripture and god knows what other nonsense. I didn't catch it because I tuned out. Luckily, when that ended we were taken a few more places in the building then we ended up outside, which was a good thing.

From there we went to the building where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings. It was beautiful but smaller than I thought. Then we walked past the Temple, which is huge!! No one is allowed in there except the elders and bishops or whatever. I am not clear on all the rules. The grounds were beautiful though.

At the end of the tour, they tried to get our names and addresses and we put fake stuff because we really didn't want missionaries coming to our house to preach to us. We just don't roll that way. But overall, it was a pleasant experience until the end because it got a little dicey when they were a little pushy about the religion. They kept trying to give us info and wanted to "talk" to us privately about stuff. We politely said no and high tailed it out of there.

I have to say that Salt Lake City was so much different than we thought. We would actually live there. We found it to be a very livable place. I would totally visit again.



  1. Have you considered writing a novel? You've got a very fluid style, and I think that even a diary entry-style journal would catch an editors eye.

  2. I live near Salt Lake City and it is beautiful! All of Utah has it's own kind of beauty. I have been on the tours at Temple Square too and I to think they cute sisters can get a tiny bit pushy! However I am Mormon and do believe what they believe. I think Mormons get so excited about what we believe that we go over board!! Glad you had a fun trip!!