Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
So Lovely & Clean, Utah…flowerbeds on every corner, not a speck of trash in sight, friendly and helpful people, a dozen DDD restaurants… Corny and I loved it here and want to come back and stay longer. We stayed two weeks, but it was a working two weeks.
Except for Sundays and holidays, I took the tram (which was also clean) to the Family History Library to work on my roots. I found a few more families to add and a lot of proof. I spent the majority of my time perusing historical books from Ohio, North Carolina and on the last day, New Jersey. They had a very small collection of family history books, way fewer than the library in Fort Wayne.
^Love the brass birds on the tram stop roof!
^ …to the mall
In the evenings, I would Skype Corny, he would come and pick me up and we would go to a DDD restaurant. Each one was awesome and we wanted to go back to each one:
Red Iguana - Columbian/cinnamony food. We got the big “sampler” plates with four items each. Everything was awesome good and interesting, The next day I walked from the library to the “express” Red Iguana at the mall and got the he-uge killer nachos just for myself :0)
Moochie’s Meatballs - the first philly cheesesteak I’ve had since high school. Now I’m not afraid of them anymore! Yum! Of course the meatball sub was sublime.
Pat’s BBQ - this one we DID go back to. I got the unbelievable smoked meatloaf, twice. I don’t think I’ll ever eat any other meatloaf again. I’m kinda craving it right now. Corny got the brisket and there was NO fat to pick through. We missed the Tuesday smoked turkey because it was a lunch special :0(
Blue Plate Diner - I think they used a whole can of black beans in their giant enchilada. It was very tasty. Corny got the turkey/cranberry sandwich with waffle fries. I guess this one would come in last on my list, just because it was horribly noisy in there - no sound absorbing surfaces at all. It was a relief to get out into the roar of the traffic. Although there were several things on the menu I’d like to try, we didn’t go back.
Ruth’s Diner - except for Pat’s smoked meatloaf, this one would top my list. We went twice. The Dijon chicken was carazy good, Corny got the chicken walnut salad twice, and my chicken enchilada was so fresh - it quickly disappeared. The chocolate malted pudding was the star of the show. It was sooo good, you roll every spoonful around in your mouth going mmmm…mmmm. The second visit we got the pudding AND the brownie a la mode, which was carazy good too. I had to ask the waitress what kind of ice cream was in it - Tropical Dream, Hawaiian ice cream. I seem to recall seeing it in Wally’s but didn’t know it was like, illegally good. We’ll have to get some.
Lone Star Taquiera - absolutely astoundingly fresh. I had gotten sauces as we waited for our order, but nothing needed anything. It was all PERFECT. Corny kinda hogged down the nachos we “shared” because he was in love with them. I know the feeling, so I’ll forgive him. Unfortunately this was the longest drive, over 10 miles, or we definitely would’ve returned.
Maxwell’s Eatery - we went here twice. It was a little pricey, $21 for a large thin crust pizza. We halved it with my side tomato, basil & moz; Corny’s was five cheese and sundried tomato. I thought mine was absolutely perfect - then I tasted Corny’s - WOW. I also got a chicken, green pepper and onion cheesesteak with white american cheese. It wasn’t very hot and not enough cheese, but very nicely seasoned. Corny raved about his pasta of the day - chicken ravioli. They were giant. On our second visit, I got the Max BBQ - a sandwich with nice chopped deli pickles and red onion on top. I’m glad I got the vegetarian chili, too, because it was a small sandwich. Corny got the tortellini, which was $12 on the menu. It didn’t look like enough, just a small bowl full, single layer, for Corny. When we got the bill, it was $16. We talked about it as the waiter stood there, but he didn’t offer any answers. We left assuming because it was Sunday around 2:30pm it was some unpublished “dinner” price. Maybe we just got ripped off by the staff. I wrote on my desk diary “$16 tortellini” to remember where we had eaten that day.
On my birthday we went to the SLC Chuck -a-Rama buffet. We knew it was good and I didn’t want to chance having a horrible birthday dinner somewhere we hadn’t been. It was kinda blah after eating at all the other good places, but I was glad to be there.
I got good schtuff for my birthday: a big fat check, a big fat Art Wolfe book (an unbelievable photographer with a show on PBS), plane tickets and a hotel to go see Shorty! I’m so blessed.
We had to pack up and move the RV THREE TIMES in the two weeks we stayed at the SLC KOA. The first time, Corny did it himself on a Saturday while I was at the library. He had gone to Les Schwab in the Jeep iso tires, who said to bring it on in. Then when he got there, they gave him a spiel that he needed new kingpins for $1400. Fortunately Corny left and was all over the Internet about kingpins and knew he didn’t need them. Even if he did, the pins and install kit go for about $125. However, the guy had marked the tires way down since his estimate included the kingpins. The total was going to be $2500.
^New vs. old tire
Early Monday morning we packed up, I went to the library, and Corny got just the new front tires at Les Schwab. He says $700 is “real cheap” for the two tires. Once again we packed up and went in for an alignment, so hopefully the new tires don’t wear down so fast. The tech with the laser said we were waaay out of alignment, like 10x more than it should be. Corny said some RV dealers suggest you take your brand new RV off the lot directly to an alignment shop. It was about $100. They checked the back end too, but on this model chasis (Ford F-53 v10) the rear axle is fixed. So glad that work is done…
On the few days I didn’t “work” in the library, I did nada the first Sunday; we moved and got the alignment on my birthday; on Fourth of July I went for a little bike ride/GX excursion (by little, I mean it was like 97 degrees outside little); our last Sunday we toured around Temple Square on foot although it was again about 97 degrees. I checked the national weather that week and we would’ve had to go to Montana or Maine to escape the heat.
^Looking toward Temple Square
>The old Temple
^Replica of the Angel Moroni on top of the Temple
^The Nauvoo Bell, brought from Illinois and rung hourly
^A tribute to the seagulls that saved the Mormons from starvation>
>The Conference Center
We didn’t move far next - just about 40 miles north to Ogden at Wasatch View Estates. We stayed two nights using a Passport America discount. We decided to skip Antelope Island due to low water levels = stink, and July = gnats that are immune to DEET. I took a personal day and Corny went to the free Air Force Museum. We used the pool both evenings. Life is Godd!
^Corny worked on the B1B