Back to Salt Lake City

We feel as if we have been running up and down HWY 15 forever.  LOL.  While in Vegas Sean’s best friend, Craig, contacted him and said he would be in Salt Lake City for a few days on business – did we want to come for a visit?  Well, we hadn’t seen Craig in months AND he was using points to get us into a nice hotel so we said, sure.

However, before we traveled to Salt Lake City, we wanted to do some exploring and clean the rig.  We had contacted an RV wash company to come and clean the exterior and wax the nose.  We were hoping to keep the bugs off when we hit the road again.  Well, best laid plans…  The heat in Nevada has been near or above record highs and our fridge was not able to keep up with the load.  The temps have been well into the 100’s where we are staying and our kitchen slide is in the sun most of the day.  After a little research, we learned that the fridges in most RVs will have issues when the temperatures rise into the 90’s.  Sean was fascinated by the science of the fridge – no compressor or moving parts.  Anyway, we saw that one solution was to get a fan mounted behind the fridge to help circulate air around the condenser coils.  We had a small desk fan that Sean was able to place under the coils inside the exterior vent.  He was able to get that in place the day before we left.  If it worked, we were going to stop at the Camping World store in St. George to get a ‘real’ fridge fan.  Well, it worked like a charm!  We noticed a huge difference the next morning.  We were also fortunate on our Camping World stop as they only had one fan in stock and it was the one Sean wanted.  It can be wired into the system and has a heat sensor, so it will automatically run when needed.  We also had to purchase a new vent for the stove as the interior flapper thingy (technical term) had broken.  Ahhh, life on the road.

FridgeCool Vent Fan

Our drive to SLC was uneventful.  A nice drive with our pups sleeping the whole way.  While in the city we explored a bit.  low res-2259Both of us have been curious about LDS (Mormon Church) since hitting the HWY 15 corridor.  As a former history teacher, Sean was fascinated by the church and people.  Craig had suggested we tour the LDS Temple Square while he was working, so we took him up on it and walked from our hotel.  Sherry has been doing research on her family tree for years and also wanted to visit the genealogy center across from the square.  We actually did that first as there was a large funeral taking place and the square was shut down  (one of the 12 Apostles had passed away and the funeral service was a large event with state and local police escorts).  As a consequence, we ended up spending a long time in the genealogy center.  It was fascinating to plug in the name of a relative and see birth and census records from nearly a century past.  We each traced back several generations before leaving to see if we could wander the square.  We could, but the crowds and our growing hunger kept us to a short walk through the square then out to find some food.  The day was fun and interesting… Of course, Sean never mentioned the possibility of converting and finding ‘sister wives’ once.

Walking the city, we both enjoyed the unique architecture and art to be found.  low res-2252 low res-2253Sean especially loved the geeky space based art work.  Sherry, being a tree hugger, loved the public access bikes scattered throughout the city and the bike lanes being built into the existing roadways.

We had dinner that evening with Craig at a local brewery, Red Rock Brewing and made plans for the next day to go into the mountains and see if we could catch some autumn colors and see some of the ski resorts and where the 2012 Olympics took place and now where winter Olympic hopefuls train.

low res-2266The next day found the three of us heading up a narrow road through a canyon and into the Wasatch National Forest to Brighton.  The views were spectacular and we were able to capture some amazing pictures of trees in their fall best.  We continued our drive over the mountains and to Park City.  The high point of the drive was about 9,000′.  Park City is a beautiful former mining town that is now devoted to skiing.  Starting as a mining town, it burned nearly to the ground in the late 1800’s.  Sean read some of the historical papers framed in the restaurant where we had lunch, the Blue Iguana (delicious).  It was interesting to learn that as mining was dying out, some of the companies decided to take advantage of the ‘white gold’ and built ski resorts to cater to the growing number of skiers in the mid 1900’s.

Modeling what Sherry calls the "guy smile" at the Blue Iguana.

Modeling what Sherry calls the “guy smile” at the Blue Iguana.

We wandered through the streets looking at the shops with the goal of ending up at High West Distillery.

 

On arrival, we had a flight of whiskeys and bourbons and found most to be very enjoyable.  Sherry liked several, but not the ‘burny’ ones.  Her favorite was the High West SILVER Whiskey.  Very mellow with fruity undertones. 🙂  Sean enjoyed several but one of his favorites was the American Prairie Whiskey.

The flight

The flight

Sampling whiskey

Sampling whiskey

On a side note, we may need to have several friends visit sometime soon to help us clear out our, now well stocked, liquor cabinet.  😉  Especially if we continue the bucket list item of visiting local watering establishments whenever possible.  After lunch we made a quick stop at the local ski resort but found nothing running but the Alpine Slide. There were already getting ready for the switch from summer fun to winter snows.

 

 

Leaving Park City, we hit HWY 80 and stopped at the Alf Engen ski museum.  Despite the fact that neither of us are snow and winter people, the museum was very interesting with several interactive exhibits.  In one, we learned how the fall and winter weather patterns work to create lake effect snow from the Great Salt Lake.  All the factors combine to create an amazing powder, excellent for skiing and those other cold activities.  This is about the only moisture this desert receives.  The museum sits on the site of many of the 2012 winter Olympic sports fields.  Many of the Olympic sites have been converted into training facilities for future Olympians.  We were lucky to be there on a day when the aerial freestyle ski jumpers (or whatever they’re called…lol) were practicing.  They ski down a special ramp into a pool of bubbly water.  It was very fascinating (and scary) to watch.

We ended our evening by taking Craig to the Salt Lake airport.  We stayed one additional night in the hotel since we didn’t want to tack on a 5 hour drive to our already packed day.  The drive back was as uneventful as the drive there.  We planned to stay in this area to see Zion National Park and other beautiful views, but we seem to keep traveling away while our RV stays put.  We will let you know when we get into to see some sights.  We did make it to a local state park called Snow Canyon….more about that in the next post.  🙂

If you would like to see more photos from our Salt Lake trip, click the link below:

Salt Lake City Photo Gallery