Salt Lake City, Utah
Trip Start May 03, 2011
31Trip End Oct 27, 2011
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We managed to get a lot of sightseeing done considering our short stay. We got acquainted with Holly after our first night as she'd been working a night shift at the hospital when we'd arrived the previous evening. She got our day started with a nice fried breakfast and gave us some advice about what to visit. For those that don't know, Salt Lake City is like the Mormon capital of the world - founded by a mormon and his followers in 1847
One of the fundamental principles stressed within the church is the importance of family and as a result a huge library of genealogical information is housed across the street for the temple and open to public access. We decided to take the opportunity to have a nose around there and was amazed at the amount of resources that are available - one entire floor was dedicated to the British Isles and had all kinds of books, census information, and film of original birth, marriage, and death information registries. With some assistance I saw some original documents that listed the registration of my dad and uncle's birth. Apparently you can see all this stuff online now too, so great if you want to do some digging into your ancestors!
After this we went for a walk around the town and grabbed a delicious sub sandwich at Jimmy John's
In the evening our host took us up into the mountains for a delicious steak picnic. It was a beautiful area and great to get up into as SLC is pretty much surrounded by mountains so it would have been a shame not to go into them. The picnic made it all the more enjoyable of course! We had a nice walk afterwards alongside the river running down the mountain and got some nice insights from Holly into what living in America is like. It's kind of a shame that we haven't met many people on our trip to talk to, or certainly that our interactions with people have been too brief (but always pleasent).
On our leaving day we managed to stop by one more tourist spot - the world's largest open pit copper mine at Bingham Canyon. It was bloody huge! Some quick facts:
It's the world's largest man-made excavation
2.5 MILES wide
0.75 MILES deep
production started in 1906
became so big that actual towns built in the area were disbanded so digging could expand
provides 13-18% of the U.S.'s copper needs
Just some of the interesting thing's we found out when we stopped through. Go Copper Mine!!
So that was Salt Lake City, and in case you're wondering no we didn't visit the Great Salt Lake itself... apparently it's just a whole lot of mud and water. Plus, once you've seen one lake, you've seen 'em all! And so we continued West, driving throught the white-hot desert back into Nevada...