From Salt Lake to Moab

Trip Start Jun 19, 2012
Trip End Aug 03, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Friday, July 20, 2012

We spent the morning in Salt Lake City. Our first stop was to the visitor's information center located directly across the street from the Utah State Capitol building. It was a very impressive building built on top of a city hill and a close replica to the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. From there we drove to Temple Square in the city center. During westward expansion, the Mormons traveled from Illinois down to the Utah area where they settled; thus the heavy influence of the Mormon religion in Utah. In Temple Square we walked around the Mormon Church. What a structure! It amazes me that something that intricate and massive could have been built before the age of electricity, heavy machines or even cars. It took forty years to complete the church with four spires each reaching over 200 feet in height. I wish we could have gone inside, but they do not allow tours in the church. Though we are certainly not Mormons (Tommy says he has a tough enough time with one wife much less several!), we did enjoy seeing Temples Square and the beautifully manicured grounds with gorgeous flower beds!

At noon we entered the Mormon Tabernacle to hear an organ concert that is presented daily. Wow- the  older gentleman that played the organ was fantastic! I can only imagine how long he must have practiced to play such a complicated organ. It has over 11,000 pipes and the music fills the church. His last piece was a familiar piece by Bach and wow was it impressive!

We then set out toward Arches National Park. We drove almost four hours along roads that were surrounded by red rock mountains and canyons that seemed to go on forever. We decided to drive just past the park into Moab, UT, spend the night at a KOA and drive through the park in the morning when it will be cooler. I should not have complained about the cool temperatures recently as it was over 100 degrees today in Utah. At the campground we caught up on laundry and began packing for our stay in Colorado. It was a time to catch up on blogs, school work and camper stuff. We certainly enjoyed our campground though. We had an incredible view of the mountains from our site!
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