Today we made it to Salt Lake City. Total Driving today: 642 Miles. Total time: 10h 07m
This stretch encompasses probably my favorite part of my drive - as well as my least favorite. I really enjoy the route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I remember when we arrived here on the way out a year ago - it was like an oasis compared to the desert that is Nevada.
Which leads me to my least favorite part - Nevada. Beth asked today "I wonder what God was thinking when He made Nevada?" I had no answer. From Reno to Salt Lake City - there is literally nothing. The most interesting part of the whole drive is the "moon." The Moon is the part when you leave Nevada before you get to the Salt Lake. It's a real desert, only it looks like you're driving on the moon because it's all white.
Nevada was also very strange today. It started out a little cloudy. A couple hours in, it turned to a thick dust filled fog - blowing all over the place, that felt like you were driving through the tank of a Dyson. Then it started raining. Then it poured. The worst part about the rain is that it basically was raining mud. If you've never experienced that - well, it's gross.
We got into Salt Lake City around 7:30pm local time. After checking in to the hotel - where we left the cat - we decided to go downtown to check out the Temple Square. I have to say - it was pretty interesting. Salt Lake City, or at least the area around the Mormon Temple - is kept very well. Here's a couple shots of our nighttime visit.
I really like this because you see the gate and sign with the temple in the background. To me, the gate is pretty symbolic. The Mormon church gives no tours of the building and you have to be a member to even enter the building.