Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Aug 8 & 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010
We left home on Sunday afternoon. Lunch at Bret's favorite Hungarian store in Littlerock, CA - he got his most favorite ham and cheese. First trip stop: Las Vegas. We arrived at the Excaliber Hotel about 6:30 p.m. and were greeted with a heavy downpour followed by hail! We had dinner in the hotel, then the boys opted to play carnival games in the Fantasy Faire Midway. Each left with a stuffed animal.
Monday, August 9
We enjoyed a late breakfast at the Moapa Travel Center. Bret liked sitting at the counter and ordering. The boys looked at all of the fireworks but we didn't get any as we'll be traveling through a few states and we don't know where they are legal. Bryn admired all of the Southern Paiute baskets for sale but didn't get any. After Nevada, we cut through the corner of Arizona and entered Utah. Our main stop for the day was Cove Fort. This was a Mormon settlement that was built of local lava rock. It has been restored, and now missionaries provide free tours of it. It's an interesting stop. The tour guide uses something in each room to make a point about Latter Day Saints or to tell a story with a moral, and will answer any questions you have about Mormonism, but there is no pressure at all to convert. Example: can you name 4 light sources in the room? Answer: the door, 2 windows, and the Bible on the table is "the Light." The tour and video on the fort's history take about an hour.
On to Salt Lake City. It was 7 pm when we arrived as we didn't realize we'd have an hour time change today. Dinner, a swim in the hotel pool, and getting the computer up and running took up the rest of the evening.

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