Our son joined us in Salt Lake City to hike in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.
Salt Lake City, the state capital of Utah, is located at an elevation of over 4200 feet, in the very wide, flat Salt Lake Valley, between snow capped mountains with at least three peaks over 11,300 feet.
While in Salt Lake City, we enjoyed a Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice, which is free and open to the public. It was sensational! But as good as they sang, the Choir Master was very particular, stopping them often to redo sections of several songs with his strict explanations of how he wanted them to sing.
The Mormon Tabernacle has a dome ceiling and is enormous inside, with many large light fixtures and lots of professional audio/video equipment. Even for the choir practice, the technicians were all on task in the sound control booth.
Outside, we had a chance to view the gardens and additional buildings which were very impressive for size and grandeur. The Mormon Temple is a beautiful building from the outside. The general public is not allowed inside.
We learned a little bit about the Mormon faith from the enthusiastic, conservatively attired, ample staff and volunteers on hand who were very proud of their history and heritage. Although we didn’t have time, it would be interesting to visit their world renowned genealogy library (also open to the public).
On our return trip to Salt Lake City, we had the opportunity to drive through the beautiful landscapes of Dixie National Forest and the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.
Next stop: Zion National Park …