SLC: First Stop, Mormon Country

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nic, Nathaniel, and I have been preparing for this case competition for a couple of weeks now, having received the case on 10/29 and mulling over it occasionally when the three of us have had overlapping spare time (those are rare moments). Last night we put the finishing touches on the PowerPoint, finalized plans for driving to the airport (my favorite part? The boys arguing over who I was riding with - "Liz is coming with me!" "No, you get her on the way home, so I get her on the way there!" "No, she's mine! I asked first!"), and made a plan for our few days here in Utah. I've been looking forward to this for a while now, so you can imagine my disappointment when I woke up with a stuffy nose and sinus headache yesterday morning. I just want to be able to enjoy our time away from Bloomington!

The alarm at 5 this morning was not so welcome, but after grudgingly forcing myself out of bed, I was able to wake up and put the final necessities in my suitcase (an extra jacket and two more pairs of shoes are necessities, right?). The drive to Indy was uneventful, and only involved Nic and I talking through the Executive Summary and singing along to Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World." We ran into another girl from IU at the airport - small world. The plane ride was also uneventful, and despite my valiant efforts, I was 100% unsuccessful at taking a nap. I did, however, manage to read an entire 11 pages in my novel for Spanish class, a personal best in terms of consecutive pages read with no Facebook or texting interruptions. It's amazing what disconnecting from technology can allow you to accomplish. 

We arrived in Salt Lake City around 10 a.m. (two hours behind Indiana) and got set up fairly quickly with our rental car. I feel like such a big girl, renting my first car (although I did have to pay extra for being a "young driver"). The website said that we should expect a "G6 or similar" and so naturally, my first thought was how we could blast "Like a G6" ( while driving through Mormon country. Imagine my disappointment, then, when we got there and they said they had an HHR reserved for us ( - ew. Ok, that's me being spoiled - I get to go to Utah for free and then I complain about the rental car? We had a great drive and were in awe of the mountains, already covered with snow! 

On the way, the boys had a magnificent idea to find an In N Out Burger and stop for lunch. They were able to find one, give me the directions, AND find the secret menu on the website so that we could make our burgers extra-delicious - try the animal style next time you're out west and go to In N Out. Well, this commentary is leading right up to our arrival in Provo, so I guess it's time to sit back and let a few more things happen before I update. Pictures to follow next week!
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