After a very long day driving (most of the time with no A/C), I finally made it to Salt Lake City. My motel was about 8 blocks from Temple Square, so it was an easy walk.
Temple Square is quite impressive. There are many buildings including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Beehive House and the Lion House. The 35 acre garden is full of blooming flowers. I enjoyed watching couples having wedding photos taken, and lots of people enjoying the sunshine. The temple itself is so tall I could barely get far enough away to photograph the whole structure. A reflecting pool in front of it adds to the feeling of serenity. There are several historic buildings, including the Beehive House where Brigham Young lived between 1850 and 1856 when he was Territorial Governor of Utah and President of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and the Lion House next door where he moved his family in 1856.
The Lion House
The Bee-Hive House
We admired this table full of glass we saw as on our walk to “downtown” Kanab:
These bottles were displayed in the museum at Bodie State Park in California…a ghost town:
We left Seattle on January 1st after visiting Doug’s daughter, Sydney, and her mom. First stop – Olympia, to spend the night with our friends Bill and Les. It’s always fun to visit with them! We spent the next night with new friends, Sue and John in Eugene (we met in Cochise Stronghold this summer). We had such a great time reconnecting with them! Then 2 long days of driving and we made it to Kanab. I took a few photos along the way on my cellphone:
While we were camped near Mono Lake, this bus pulled in for the night. I talked with one of the passengers – a lady from Germany – she found this tour to be the cheapest way to travel the West. Two weeks, including airfare, transportation, lodging, breakfast and dinner costs $2400 per person. I looked at the website (in German) and found out they have tours all over the world!
Each of the small windows is a 6′ bunk. The other side of the bus has a panel that pulls down to create a hallway to access the sleeping bunks…
Apparently there is a bathroom on the bus, but no showers, so they stop at RV campgrounds that offer those amenities.