We’re the only ones with a tablecloth on our picnic table, and the only ones with two mis-matched lawn chairs, and the only ones with a doormat. But, we are loving the location – right on the train line to downtown, and bicycle lanes everywhere. WiFi – oh yeah. Throw in a warm shower after a week of dry camping, and this looks pretty good.
We’ve played tourist here for a couple of days. SLC is beautiful – surrounded by lots of snowy mountains, although it’s bright and warm (low 60s). Day 1, the priority for me it to get a haircut – jamming my head in a baseball camp just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Having strangers cut my hair is scary, but this one turned out great. Whew! Good for another six weeks. While I was occupied with that, John parked himself in a great little coffee shop and plotted our bicycle tour. Here we go.
Stop 1 was Gilgal Gardens. This unusual sculpture park is tucked away in a residential neighborhood. Features the head of Joseph Smith on a sphinx, and another statue we believe to be Brigham Young. Hands coming down from the sky….not sure what it was all about, but interesting.
Next stop is the City/County Building, and the Library. A wonderful contrast of old and new. We were here at a good time to see the former – next year it will be covered with scaffolding while the outside is treated to try to slow the crumbling of the limestone facade.
We snickered about the idea that the Mormons have the town center corralled, but the Catholics have their cathedral on a bit of a hill, so that it overlooks the Temple and all the other LDS buildings. On purpose? One step closer to heaven?
Onward to the State Capitol building, which sits even higher up the hill. We were really huffing and puffing by the time we got there. Unbelievably lavish. Utah must have been rolling in money when this was constructed.
We’ve not been in many State houses, but surely this must be one of the most elaborate. Wonder if there’s a ranking somewhere. Apparently, the government was not in session on this Friday, because it was absolutely devoid of activity.
Okay, now we’re ready to tackle Temple Square. As non-Mormons, we’re not allowed to enter the Temple, but we did go to the Tabernacle, and both Visitor Centers. Lots of people with lanyards and big smiles, greeting us at every step of the way. Everyone is white. Spring flowers have popped up, and it is gorgeous. We tried not to make eye contact with anyone. No kool-aid, thanks.
Saturday, we decided to drive to Park City to see how the other half live. This ritzy ski town hosted many events for the 2002 Olympics, and is also the center of the Sundance Film Festival. But, there still are a few things that made us laugh.
We’re headed off today to our roots – camping in the dirt. Destination – Antelope State Park, located on an island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. Should be fun.