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Jun 9, 2017 - Salt Lake City Day Two

Fri., June 9th – Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is the heart of the Mormon Church headquarters. We toured the 1.4 million sq foot Conference Center, the Tabernacle, the North and South Visitor Centers, and the Family History Library. We finished our time in Temple Square with lunch at the Garden Restaurant on the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building....at 10 stories high the views incredible. Welfare Square was a few miles away, but well worth a stop. There we toured the dairy plant, bakery, and the store house where the many...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Salt Lake City

Thur., June 8th – We traveled up scenic US 89 to Salt Lake City where we checked into our campground at Mt. Shadows RV. After dinner at a nearby Chili’s, we drove downtown to visit the Mormon Tabernacle Conference Center for the free viewing of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Thursday rehearsal. The 360 voice choir, the massive, resounding pipe organ, and the very talented orchestra were most impressive. Tomorrow we will meet our missionary guides for a tour of Temple Square.

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Jun 4, 2017 - Grams and kids begin

We began our journey on Friday night by all sleeping at Ben and Breezy's House. We awoke at 3:30 a.m. And Ben drove us to the airport. We had no lines and went directly to security. It was so fast that I did not have the boarding passes handed out. It was so fun to watch Carson (who had a window seat) for his first flight. In fact all four of these grandkids, were so amazed at flight. How fun it is to travel with them. We had a layover in Denver of 4 hours. That was tough because we were so tired from our early morning. No complaints from...

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Katy Trail 2017

May 30, 2017 - Loading the Gear

After we picked up the Budget truck, we returned to Payson and loaded my gear. Scott did some last minute repairs. No matter how well we plan, we always have so many last minute details to fix. We drove to Riverton to pick up Brooke Austin, Carson and Ellie Theobald's gear and bikes. We have worked and worked and finding a way to transport the bikes and gear without damaging them. We have to be able to carry anything we use t pack on our bikes once we arrive at our destination. We came up with loading the bikes with their packs and roping...

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Katy Trail 2017

Oct 7, 2016 - Trying to get to Yellowstone - Pt 2

Looking out the window in the morning we saw clear blue skies. Nice. Looked warmer, so a good chance that we’d get to Yellowstone. We left with high hopes. Up the mountains we went and down the temperatures dropped. About 20 miles into the drive we stopped and took a few photos and then made a u-turn and headed back. It was just too dangerous. Instead of visiting Yellowstone, we had another long driving day making it all the way to Salt Lake City in Utah. We had been 2 days behind in our itinerary but now have caught up again. Tomorrow we...

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In the USA 2016

Sep 29, 2016 - 5 hours in Salt Lake City

Our return had 2 long layovers, one really miserable flight and NO lost luggage or delays! (Must be a record for us..) We flew from Marrakesh to Amsterdam on Transvania Airlines a subsidiary of KLM. It was the most like a sardine can I have experienced on a 4 hour international flight! All coach, all seats taken, all food/drinks for sale. John had his knees pressed into the seat back in front of him and complained about the knees from the guy behind him in his back. When we stood to disembark, the guy had a few inches on him, so I am quite...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City - home to the Mormon Church, the Great Salt Lake, and Polygamy Porter beer. What a place! Officially, the Mormon church does not control the Utah government. In actuality, the Mormon church controls the Utah government. We don't know about all the issues, but draft beer cannot have more than 4% ABV (alcohol by volume) and serious alcoholic beverages are only sold in state run liquor stores. Nonetheless, it is an interesting place. The Mormon church campus is enough. It has the famed tabernacle, the chapel, the church office...

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Sep 17, 2016 - KOA in midtown Salt Lake City

We had never stayed in a midtown campground. We arrived around 5 and the place was packed and noisy. We were tired and hungry. One neighbor was playing loud music and trying to sing along. We wondered what we got into! We took the dogs for a long walk. There was a really nice trail along the river and it eventually let to a dog park. Beautiful lush green! The dogs loved running around after a long drive! About 10 pm, the park got quiet. There was still noise from a distant: a band was playing, screaming from rides on a roller coaster and...

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Sep 10, 2016 - Forest Service Campgrounds in Utah

Today we drove south out of Grand Tetons National Park headed in the general direction of Salt Lake City. We had not found a place we wanted to aim for to camp tonight, so we decided to just see what turned up. We had decided on a Forest Service Campground, but it was closed. Pretty high (about 7,000 feet), so they close for the season early. We ended up in an unmarked “campground” that consists of a large gravel oval with a vault toilet and several campers scattered around in the surrounding woods. We found an almost level spot under some...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Salt Lake City

Sep 8, 2016: Our gamble to stay in Red Lodge, MT an extra night to drive the Bear Tooth Highway into Yellowstone NP paid off as the sky cleared overnight and it was a beautiful day. What a highway up over the Beartooth Mountains. There was snow and ice on the very top but no problems with the driving. Yellowstone was crowded with people but that is usual. We spent the night in the campground and awoke to a cold 34 degrees. The drive to Salt Lake was through the Teton NP and backroads until we arrived in the city at rush hour. What a mess it...

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Trip West 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - Washington, Oregon, Idaho and now Utah

Monday, July 25th. Driving from Washington, we headed east at Portland Oregon, along the Columbia River, beautiful scenery and mostly flat road along the riverside all morning for 3 hours. THEN, into the SE direction and Oregon is a vast dry barren land, lots of hills, glad to get off the road in Idaho, just inside the state north of Boise. There is a current grassfire to the north here and thankfully we are going south/east. Today, Tuesday, another long drive through barren landscapes, both Idaho and into Utah. Stopped at a place "in the...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Salt Lake Utah

July 8th It’s 95 degrees at 10:25 a.m. as we head to Salt Lake City. What dry, uninviting, desolate landscape we are passing through for many miles. The Hwy #191 past Moab to the #70 at Green Lake, which is the only spot of green anywhere and then to the #6. Past Grey Canyon, Lava Rock, Patmos Mts. CW said & I quote “It looks like a giant gravel pit”. Helper City lies between a mountain &, a railroad but it’s an 1881 Historic city, so the sign said. Now we are climbing between 3-5% grade to 7,477’ at Soldier Summit, then it’s the same grade...

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