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and the day in, day out things that we do.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Utah: Last days

On our last day in Utah, we decided to go to nearby Salt Lake City to see two things, the Mormon Tabernacle and the Great Salt Lake. First we went out to lunch at a great hamburger joint and then we walked over to the tabernacle.
It was definitely a site to see.  We were not allowed to go inside, but we went through the museum and then went out to the courtyard of the church.
It was kind of fun because we saw several couples that had gotten married that day. We found out that 56 couples had gotten married there that day! Wow! And this was a Tuesday too!
Next stop....The Great Salt Lake.
At first glance, it looks like a thriving place. We saw boats in the marina and.....
...a couple of seagulls....
....and there were about three other people out on the beach....
...but upon closer inspection..... was desolate and barren.
The only form of life is the millions of sand flies (which you can see in this picture, they are all of those tiny tan colored dots you see everywhere) and....
  ....tons of huge black spiders which eat the flies.
Here's a close up, see all those black dark spots? Those are spiders! Yuck! They were everywhere and they were BIG! Eeewwwe!!!
We were looking everywhere for signs of life!
We think we spotted something way out there! haha!
All kidding aside, it was just a sad and lonely feeling. We all felt it. We saw this big parking lot that was made for a big crowd, yet no one was there enjoying the lake. Granted, we could have been there off season or perhaps other parts of the lake were more thriving, but this place was empty and sad.
On the way out we noticed this big cool building, but it was all fenced off and appeared abandoned. I said, "Wow, that would make a really neat night club with dancing and a cool restaurant, I wonder what it was."
Well, when I got home I googled it and found out that it is called the Saltair III and above is a picture of when it was originally built in 1981.  It was a reproduction of an original building called the Great Saltair Pavilion which was built in 1893 and was advertised as the Coney Island of the West.
It was a fabulous popular place made for entertainment with music, dancing, food, a boardwalk, a hotel, swimming, etc.
 Sadly though, in 1925 it was destroyed by fire.
It was rebuilt bigger and better than before and it was rumored to have the largest dance floor in the world! But in 1931 disaster struck once again when an arsonist set it ablaze and on top of that in the same year the waters of the Great Salt Lake  receded, causing it to no longer be a beach front property.  With the depression and other setbacks, it struggled along until they finally closed it's doors in 1941. As an interesting footnote, the abandoned building was used in a cult horror movie called the Carnival of Souls.
In 1981 a group of investors built a new lakeside resort a mile west of the original Saltair ruins, but just a few months after construction was completed the waters of the Great Salt Lake rose and flooded the facility and all the dreams were gone. It remained flooded until the waters receded and in 2005 the doors were opened again as a venue for for concerts. So, we did find out that it is still open at this time, but just for special events and that's why it looked so abandoned to us. For some reason, the history of the Saltair fascinates me!
On the way home we stopped at a stand for some fresh corn for dinner. It was funny because we saw from across the freeway that the corn guy was closing up his booth, so we raced through traffic and caught him in a gas station parking lot to get the corn! We flagged him down and he said he still had some and he'd sell us some. Whew!!! Dinner is saved!
We were having fun relaxing while the steak and corn were cooking.
It has been a wonderful trip with our dear friends. We were sad to know that we had to leave the next morning.
The next day we got up early and we were on the road at 6:13 am! We decided that we were not stopping to spend the night in Boise this time, we were going to drive the 13 hours straight through!
The sun is rising!
 Yea! We're back in Idaho!
Yea! We're back to Oregon!!!
Oh my goodness....look at our dirty windshield, it's a bug's graveyard!
Home sweet home! Look at our poor car! It's a bug graveyard too!
Wow, that was a long trip, we traveled 1665.0 miles. That was a long drive, but so worth it, we had a blessed time!
I'm so thankful for my husband and this great trip we had together with our friends! If this is a taste of what having an empty nest is, I think we will definitely be okay through this adjustment!

"And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the  Son of the Living God." Matthew 16:16

Hugs, Sharon

1 comment:

Mardell said...

Hi Sharon,
It's been so fun tagging along on your trip! How beautiful! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. As fun as it is to get away, it's always nice to get back home.


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