It was around 10am when we left Green River, Ut. under clear skies. We checked the weather this morning before we left and there were advisories of a cold front with snow coming our way from Salt Lake City direction. So we thought we would travel up highway 191 about half way to Salt Lake City (70 miles) and hunker down at a Walmart. We picked Price, Ut. because it is as far as we could go before we would have to do a major climb over several mountain ranges.
When we got to Price, I was being a little concerned, I checked the weather again and this time the snow was coming for sure and it was going to stay around for a couple of days. Gee’s, I didn’t want to boondock at a Walmart parking lot for a couple of days in the snow. So we decided to push on to Salt Lake City. We crossed our fingers, looked blindly forward and traveled on. After an hour and half of wondering if we where doing the right thing with crossing the big mountains, we arrived at our destination with nothing to talk about.
Since we were going to be tuck away in a warm motorhome for a while, we decided to stay here for a few days and give the storm a chance move on. We did dragged ourselves out for a short time while we made a grocery run. To pass the time, Denise cooked up several meals and froze them and I sat around enjoying the smells.
Finally today, the weather cleared and it was a nicer day. We put together a list of places we wanted to see. First, we drove out to the Olympic Village, a 2002 Salt Lake City winter olympics complex. It is about 20 miles from Salt Lake on a very scenic road up to the top of the nearby mountains. The higher we got the more snow we were into, oh yea, the roads were in good shape. With all this fresh snow, lots of people were out with their snow shoes and skies. We enjoyed watching especially from within our warm truck. It was our best experience of the day.
Second on our list was to visit the Capitol building and Temple Square downtown Salt Lake. We found the Mormon Temple and Square first. The Square takes up a whole city block with many building on the property. All very well landscaped with flowers and in pristine condition. Today is Sunday and the only thing that was open to the public was the visitor center. Much of the property is fenced and locked. It’s impressive to say the least. Next, we drove a few blocks away to the Capitol building. For many years, the leaders of the early Utah Territory and the young State of Utah operated out of borrowed rooms and buildings. Only in 1916, years after Utah became the 45th state in the Union, did construction finish. Today, the Capitol building contains two active legislative chambers, a ceremonial supreme court chamber, and the working offices of top state officials.
Our Overnight Stay:
We stayed at Utah Lake State Park in Provo, Ut. This town is know for BYU. Our site is B17 facing Utah Lake and has water and 30amp service. We paid $30/night. All the sites are paved, each site has a fire ring and covered picnic tables. Verizon wireless is excellent. Over the Air TV reception is very good with 30+ channels. No wifi. Provo airport is about a mile away and sometime jet noise can be heard. We would definitely stay here again.