Roadtrip Part II

Driving 3400 miles across the country isn’t for everyone; it’s time consuming, exhausting and less than glamourous. For anyone who wants a taste of the trip without tackling the entire drive from coast to coast, I recommend an abbreviated version between South Dakota and California. To be honest, the trip was pretty boring (and flat!) until we hit Mount Rushmore.

Rushmore 1

I’ve seen Mount Rushmore countless times in photos and in textbooks, but nothing compares to rounding a bend on the highway and seeing it casually jutting out of a mountainside.

Empty on a Monday morning.

Nearly deserted on a Monday morning.

Rushmore 2

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Rushmore us

Two smiling & four serious faces.

After a long day of driving, we crossed the border of Utah in the thick darkness of night. We couldn’t discern a thing about the landscape other than looming, black shapes in the distance; presumably mountains. The effect was unnerving, to say the least.

The next morning, however, we woke to find Salt Lake City bathed in light and were were in awe at its beauty. The best way to describe it is that Salt Lake and Park City are nestled amongst the slopes, tucked away like little treasures deep in the landscape.

Just outside Salt Lake

Just outside Salt Lake.

 

SLC 9

Highway views.

 

Reflections.

Reflections.

 

Entering Olympic Park in Park City.

Entering Olympic Park in Park City.

 

Costumes from the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Costume from the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

 

Olympic pins.

Olympic pins.

Of course, a trip to Salt Lake City wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the infamous Mormon temple in Temple Square. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it’s a beautiful space. We were fortunate that the temperature in the city was a beautiful 70 degrees, despite the fact that the surrounding mountains remained painted with snow.

Fountain in Temple Square.

Fountain in Temple Square.

 

The first real day of Spring we experienced this year.

The first real day of Spring we experienced this year.

 

SLC building

Union Pacific Railroad building.

 

And of course, you can't leave Salt Lake City without seeing the actual lake!

And of course, you can’t leave Salt Lake City without seeing the actual lake!

After one last night on the road, in the seediest hotel Nevada had to offer, we were finally on our way to California!

Lush landscape as we get closer to the coast.

Green landscape as we get closer to the coast.

 

There's no turning back now...welcome to California!

There’s no turning back now…welcome to California!

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