|Choir & Orchestra...note changing lighting effects above the organ|
In the evening we returned to their sister property. BTG (By The Glass) to sample more wine and tapas.
Monday we drove to Park City via the Guardsman and Empire Passes...some very narrow winding roads and a many photo ops..if only there were "ops" to stop. And, yes Bill is finally talking to Pat again…he had thought that after that drive in the wine region of Croatia in 2013 that she would have known to avoid the STEEP twisty-turny routes. Yet here we were again. We survived. We fueled up (gas, food and wine) and our attitudes improved. We lunched at Bistro 412 and then strolled and shopped along the main street. Pat found yet another irresistible shirt and deemed the visit a success.
|View enroute to Park City|
|The "skyline" of Historic Park City|
Learning more about the Mormon beliefs and their “history” in the western hemisphere was very interesting. We spent much of the morning in the Conference Center and North Visitor Center admiring the art picturing the history of the religion and their way of life. Who knew that the Book of Mormon is about the VERY early Mormons who came to the Americas around 2200 BC to AD 421... We had no idea but artwork surely looked pre-Columbian, note the Jaguars, and then our host told us more about the Book of Mormon.
|Mormon appealing to the natives|
Lunch at the Copper Onion consisted of steak fries, blistered Shishito Peppers (YUM!), grilled asparagus and a Cuban sandwich with a delightful Cote du Rhone wine.
|Blistered Shishito Peppers - we've got to figure out how to replicate this.|
A busy last day in Salt Lake City started with visiting the Red Butte Garden and the adjacent Natural History Museum. The gardens were beautiful with many types of flowers and greenery.
|"Distant drums" rose. Love the changing colors.|
|And there were more papoose carriers with the latest in baby safety features.|
What Lake? Unless you were arriving in Salt Lake City by route by I80 from the west or flying into the airport you could miss the lake entirely. We had to see the Lake. The options were a 60 mile drive to Antelope Island (north of the city) or west on I80 to the south of the Lake. We chose the latter and visited the Great Salt Lake State Marina and nearby Great Saltair for a view of the lake and to learn of it’s history.
|Bill documenting the fact that there is a Great Salt Lake|
|Can you read the sign? The smelter stack is taller than the Empire State Building (without it's antena). |
And it is the world's cleanest smelter (this ignores the detail of just how clean is the competition...)
|And this is the smelter in "real life"...|
|The very boring looking third incarnation of a resort that was |
extremely popular and far more beautiful in the 19h Century
The weather is apparently unusually hot. In Salt Lake City it reached the low nineties, And in Page AZ (our next destination) it was forecast to be around 100F, however we got lucky and mostly it was in the 90's. Fortunately there is low humidity although it seems to be somewhat higher than the even the locals are used to.