Saturday, December 19, 2009

Utah Trip Highlights

I've spent the past week in Salt Lake City; tomorrow I'm heading back to Allentown. It's been a really good week; I'm surprised how much I liked it here. Everyone is insanely friendly, like while I was stopped at a corner, waiting to cross the street, a random woman in a car going around a corner looked out at me, smiled, and waved. I took pictures. (Not of the friendly people.)

  • Saturday: Ed surprised me with a Christmas tree, already set up at home, so we acquired some ornaments, put on music, and decorated the tree. 
  • Monday: lunch at the Lion House Pantry; Black Holes at Clark Planetarium; Christmas lights in Temple Square. I got a bit sappy, but it was just so pretty, one of the best Christmas displays I've ever seen.
  • Tuesday: I got to sit in a cockpit of a CRJ200. This was extremely cool, getting to see and touch a whole bunch of controls up close. I let Ed to the talking and otherwise shut up, smiled, and tried to look professional so I'd look normal. Yay for escort privileges into otherwise restricted areas. (Also! I got to sit in the captain's side! Yes, I'm dweebing out. Deal with it.)
  • Also Tuesday: a really nice dinner at Log Haven. We drove through the mountains to get to the place, and the further up we drove, the more snow appeared; the trees looked very lacey, the higher up we drove. Walking through the parking lot was a bit tenuous (huzzah for snow at high altitude), but dinner was amazing, and the surroundings were quiet and peaceful and beautiful.
  • Wednesday: Antelope Island State Park. Got started a bit later than originally planned, but it was beautiful out. We practically had the place to ourselves, so we tromped around and attempted to find the alleged buffalo. (We finally saw one in the distance.) I've never heard such absolute silence before. 
  • Thursday: Watched a Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal, which they apparently open up to the public regularly. We heard "Carol of the Bells" and "Hallelujah Chorus" (which was amazing to hear live), and a few other pieces.
  • Friday: an organ concert, given by organist Bonnie Goodliffe, at the Conference Center. This is one impressive organ, by the way. 

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