17 July 2012 – Utah

Dad and I woke up and got everything packed up in the car.  We left the car at the hotel, but checked out because we didn’t know if we’d be back by 11 or not.  We walked and used the mass transit system, to get to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.  Dad stayed outside while I went to the top (10th) floor to take pictures.  I was expecting it to be an open area outside with 2 restaurants, but it was inside instead.  I went to the end of the hallway to take pictures (through the glass) of the Salt Lake Temple in the morning light.  I went to the other end too and took a couple of pictures.  I went back down the elevator to the main lobby.  It was very ornate and decorative.  I found out later that it used to be a hotel, and was turned into office buildings.  This looked like a more ornate version of the hotel lobby we stayed at in Washington DC.  I went back to Dad outside.

Next we walked to the Church Office Building.  A church volunteer gave us a tour and we went up to the observatory on the 26th floor.  The building has another 2 floors above there that aren’t open to the public.  From the 26th floor we got a good view of everything in the city.  I liked seeing the state capitol, temple square, and the university from up there.  It was also nice to see a long way in the distance to the mountains on both sides.  I didn’t understand everything she pointed out, but oh well.

After the tour, Dad and I sat outside to call a list of places to see if they had shot glasses.  We found one that did, Glytz, and walked a decent amount to get to it.  I got my shot glass for SLC there.  There was also a vegan bakery that my friend told me about, so I wanted to go there.  Sometime on the way there, I realized we we’re cutting time kind of close.  We needed to be back in Temple square at 12:00 to hear an organ concert.  We ended up walking a little more than we needed to on the way to the bakery, because Dad put the address in his iPhone wrong.  I got a lemon raspberry bar at the bakery, and we continued until we got to a train station.  By the time we got there it was 11:43.

We made it to the Tabernacle just in time for the concert.  There were a lot more people there than I expected.  Dad said it was twice the amount he expected.  The concert lasted 30 minutes and the first piece was one I’ve heard before.  We both liked the concert.

Next we leisurely made it back to the train station and went back to the hotel.  It was nice to not be walking so fast for a change.  We went to The Gateway to get lunch.  We ended up choosing Tascanos Brazilian Grill.  We both got their most popular entree, which has 2 parts.  First, you go a big salad bar they have.  It also has a good number of hot items as well though.  In total, there are about 40 items at the bar.  For the 2nd part of the meal, they bring out meat on skewers.  It was all grilled on an open flame.  It had lots of flavor with different sauces and spices.  They had bacon wrapped chicken too.  It was definitely good quality meat.  By the time Dad and I had the stuff from the bar though, we were getting full.  We got a decent amount of meat and some nice grilled pineapple before we stopped.  I had gotten a pineapple drink for the meal, and Dad got water.  It was time for us to start heading toward the airport so we payed and left.  It was definitely a unique meal.

When we got to the airport, we realized we forgot to fill up with gas.  Once we went back in town to do that, we went back to the airport.  We boarded our flight and immediately changed when we got to Denver.  Then took that flight back to Nashville.  When we exited the airport to catch our shuttle to the parking lot, it felt like we walked into a wall of water the humidity was so high compared to what we were in out west.


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