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THE MORMON TRAIL TO SALT LAKE CITY

Following a portion of Brigham Young's Route to Salt Lake City

sunny 40 °F

Good morning!

A friend and blog-follower informed me of an error in my last blog. I incorrectly noted Richfield, UT as Richland, UT thinking as I wrote that the rich farmland surrounding Richfield was fertile land. The blog has been corrected.

As I was driving the 3 hr. trip from Richfield to Salt Lake City roadsigns denoted the highway as the Mormon Trail. Reflecting on this I thought about how Brigham Young in 1847 led his followers from religious persecution in the east (Nauvoo, IL) to religious freedom in the UT territory. He chose to end his 1300 mile journey in the beautiful Salt Lake Valley not knowing that the Mexican Army was waiting to attack them but 30 miles to the west. The Mormons considered this good fortune to be an Act of God.

The drive northward on I-15 to Salt Lake City (SLC) is a beautiful one. With the mountains flanking the high plains one observes farmland along the way. The high peak mountains are covered in white snow this early in the season. I recalled that Salt Lake City was the site of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002. While driving along the Interstate highway I passed the cities of Nephi and Provo. Their Mormon temples (churches) are prominent buildings towering above all others. Painted in white as a symbol of purity they definitely stand out. My destination was the Elks Lodge in the northern suburb of Bountiful, UT. As dumb-luck would have it, I arrived in SLC during the 4-5 pm heavy rush-hour traffic. The Lodge is just off the Interstate and their RV sites (2) are about 15' from the noisy approach road to the Interstate. At that point I was committed so I 'set up camp'. My plans are to stay here for 5 nights before heading homeward to FL. On Sunday eve. & Mon. eve. I'll spend in downtown SLC at theMarriot City Center Hotel where the Advisory Board meetings will be held. Tuesday afternoon friend Gary Baker & I plan to tour the city. The tour stop at the UT State Capitol will complete my 48th state capitol visit! Hawaii & Alaska are a long swim (or drive) so probably cruise ships will take me to those places to complete my State Capitol Odyssey.

Last evening I had the good fortune to meet 'friends of a friend' who invited me to their residence for a 'home-cooked' meal. Linda Law, a former neighbor & high school-mate from 55 yrs ago, one whom I correspond with, contacted Pat & Shannon Burke who live in nearby Layton, UT to tell them of my visit to SLC. Shannon called and invited me to dinner Sat. eve. & to meet her husband, Pat and children at their lovely home. I, of course, accepted and had a wonderful time. Pat is a retired Air Force officer who now works for a civilian contractor (AirForce related job) and Shannon is an educator (Ph.D.) who works part-time and is a full-time Mom. The evening was a real treat for me for they could have not been more hospitable.

Posted by dixter 08:48 Archived in USA Tagged in new friends slc

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