Salt Lake City - Mormon town USA

Trip Start Jul 31, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 23, 2011

We drove north from canyon country and stayed a night in Salt Lake City: The Mormon capital of the world. The drive was our fastest yet with a highway speed limit of 80miles/hr (cruise control set at 85m/hr = 136kph). We stayed in a decent back-packers hostel just a stones-throw from the main temple and business centre...that's right a 20-odd storey high-rise business/headquarter building. It must be where they co-ordinate all their early Saturday morning door-knocks across the world?

The city is beautifully green and peaceful and has a stunning mountain backdrop, where-in lies some of the best snow-fields in North American and was the home of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

We only stayed one night in Salt Lake but thought it was worth a quick mention.

We visited and bought some clothes at Dogfunk: A large online clothing company from which Joel has previously bought clothes through. The company has a retail outlet in the outskirts of Salt Lake and is a gigantic 6-block warehouse similar in size to a Bunnings warehouse stocked full of skate, surf and snowboard gear (Joel was in his element, though co we couldn’t afford to buy much). We spent nearly 2 hours looking around here and walked away with 2 hooded jumpers. Afterwards we went to Arby’s, a large fast-food joint that specialises in sliced roast beef burgers. Joel proceeded to destroy himself and enjoyed the food very much. Joel rated Arby’s close to the top of the fasts food consumed thus far!

Finally we made it out to a big put-put/miniature golf land for the evening. We went there intending to play golf but when we arrived we were distracted by a baseball batting net setup with automatic pitching machines. We were in our element and hit baseballs for a few hours. There were many nets of varying pitching speeds ranging from slow to super fast. Joel tried the super fast net and struggled to hit anything (pitching speed > 100mhr = 160kph). All told we spent $8 at the nets and faced 250+ pitches!

Salt Lake was a difficult city to navigate. The two reasons for this: Most streets are named with numbers and directions and don’t always follow a logic, and the same street name and number is used multiple times in the same area of the city but are differentiated by street type: Eg. 900 South Street and 900 South Avenue...both different places and within 2 miles of each other?

We woke up early the next morning we made tracks and drove 6hrs north to Jackson, Wyoming.
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