My Own Private Idaho

Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 28, 2012

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Where I stayed
Grand America Hotel Salt Lake City
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Utah
Friday, July 6, 2012

Left Jackson very early in the morning for Salt Lake City. Decided to take a route through Idaho. There were long stretches of flat farm land and roads that were dead straight for miles. I know it sounds a bit boring, but it quite enjoyable. The roads were virtually empty, and as I said, very straight, so I was able to sit back and relax. Decided to play my disco playlist at full blast, which got some odd looks from the locals in the very cute towns I passed through. But I suppose you would give an odd look to a bald man in a convertible Mustang, playing Donna Summer's MacArthur Park and sobbing uncontrollably. What? It's a sad song...the poor cake...and the icing...I'm welling up again.

At one point my path was block by a heard of cows and 2 cowboys. As I passed one of the cowboys waved and I nearly crashed into a cow. Call me!!!

The drive into Salt Lake City wasn't so good. Had to take the highway proper, and it was very busy. Most of the cars were speeding like mad, and cutting in left right and center. Really had to keep my wits about me.

Salt Lake City itself is lovely. Laid out in a grid system, so really easy to find your way about. I had decided to splurge on a really good hotel. The Grand America. Had a room near the top, and a great balcony looking to the north and the hills. The suite was amazing as was the rest of the hotel.

Went out for a walk and it wasn't long before I found a bar! It was called The Trapp. First impressions weren't great. Guy on the door had an attitude, then waited an eternity to get served. Went outside on the patio for a smoke and got accosted by some drunk ex-marine (so he said) who pestered the life out of me. Then some drunken drag queen (or so I though) kept asking me to buy her a drink. She was really freaky looking. About 6ft 2 and a MASSIVE head with really exaggerated features. Turned out she really was a she!! She called the barman over, pointed at me and said really loud "I DON'T LIKE HIM!" lol.

All was not lost though...had a good laugh with one of the locals called Chris (see pic).

On Saturday I didn't really get going till late afternoon. Was quite happy spending time at the hotel and catching up on the blog, and just pottering about. Went out around 4 to another bar, which was much nicer than The Trapp, Made a mistake by walking there though. It was nearly 100 degrees, and the bar was about a mile or so from the hotel.

When you sit around a bar in the states, whoever is near you will nearly always strike up a conversation. I like that...mostly!

Got talking to a guy and his niece who insisted I try every shot known to man. Topped those off with a few Long Island Iced Tea's and I was ready for an early night.

Got back to the hotel and decided to treat myself to room service. It was amazing, worth every penny.

I liked SLC a lot. Has a nice feeling about the place. One thing though, is that Utah have very strange alcohol laws. They measure the drink, and small measures at that. Reminded me of home. It's the only place in the states where I've had to order a double. Oh and no booze after 1am ANYWHERE! Apparently the Mormons have a huge say on the laws of the state. What a load of bollocks!! Dumb da dumb, dumb, dumb! (you need to watch South Park to get that)

Na night X

p.s just been reading back my entries and seeing all the spelling mistakes. Was going to edit them, then realised I don't care. X
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