Day 85 - Salt Lake City - Utah (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jobs day in Salt Lake City today. First, and most importantly, a couple of extra hours sleep for a tired mummy.

Next job is haircuts for the boys. There is a barbers shop on site at our RV Park, perfect. We go inside and it looks pretty scary. The barber is not kind with Dylan at all telling him if he doesn't like it he can cry, all a bit strange. We think only one haircut is possible in here, since he doesn't do as we ask. Dylan's hair is neat but much shorter on top than we are used to. Thankfully, we know that it'll have all grown back in the next week or so, as it grows so fast. He still looks cute. Rich is a little more descriptive with his not really wanting quite the same look. Cheap as chips for $18. A little cheaper than the last cut in Sydney!

A short tram ride takes us into Salt Lake City for a potter during nap times. First stop is Temple Square. A beautiful square in the city centre sporting Mormon temples and buildings and beautiful flowers. We are immediately struck by just how clean the city is. Next a brand new outdoor shopping complex called City Creek, home to some top end US brands. It's lovely.

We follow directions to a hair salon for Emma who was less than keen to have her hair cut with clippers. Great salon located and, yes, we can cut your hair right now - perfect. Lovely guy hairdresser who was keen to share the lowdown on SLC. Clearly just one person's take or opinion but an interesting conversation none the less. We talked about the Mormon religion which is the main faith in Salt Lake City. He (not a Mormon himself) explained that they believe when they die the men become rulers of their own planets, Emma quite fancies ruling her own planet. Oh no, she forgot, its only the men. The women are to marry young, around 19, and have big families, ten children is not uncommon. Ok perhaps now she doesn't wish to be a Mormon. Emma enquired about the lake itself. We hadn't seen any signposts but thought since we were in Salt Lake City we had better see it, apparently not. He described it as full of dead birds who drink the water, and because of the salt water, then die there. Also it is full of small shrimps that stink. Perhaps he undersold it but we decide it should be removed from the hit list! We were considering staying another night here since the city is so nice, but he informs me that pretty much everything is shut on a Sunday. We decide we'll press on. Fascinating chat, and a good haircut too, which should last until we return to London.

Shady bench found for a feed for Taya. This is the first place Emma has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable breastfeeding either of the children. A lot of double takes and staring eyes, but not one smile, which is usually our experience. Perhaps it's not the done thing here. Perhaps you can't if you have another nine children to entertain at the same time.

Next on the hit list the Cheesecake Factory which was recommended by Chrissie Lamont as a must do whilst in America. We only have time for take out for after dinner, so we go in and choose two massive slabs of cheesecake from the vast selection. Dylan chooses a cookie dough one, much to Emma's delight, as this would have been her choice too. Rich selects Banana Cream. It takes all Dylan's self control (and ours) not to crack them straight open.

Dylan has a sit down protest at the injustice that his parents won't carry him on their shoulders, and instead have the cheek to suggest he might walk or go in the pram. We watch from afar, and take a few snaps, before he comes round and walks with us. Toddlers!

Dylan's memory never ceases to amaze us, and Emma congratulates him on remembering about having a Wenlock (Olympics) bouncy ball at home, telling him he is very smart. His response "yes and I'm gorgeous". We will his confidence to continue. 

We pick up the RV and venture to an outdoor adventure type shop in search of a replacement for the vanished rucksack. We don't find anything we like nearly as much as our little-life one, so we leave empty handed. A popular dinner of salmon, rice and carrots in the van before heading back to the campsite.

Dylan hasn't forgotten about his cheesecake. With his fore finger pointing into the air he says "mummy I have waited very patiently for my cake and I ate all my dinner nicely, so give it to me now please", haha. He loved it obviously "thank you for my lovely cake, it was mummy and daddy's pleasure".

The boys have an enjoyable swim and Emma puts Taya to bed.
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Katie Keily on

Lovely photos and beautiful children!

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