Western States Road Trip, September 2014

We have just finished the first six days of a driving trip of the Western States with Molly’s brother Robert.

We flew to Salt Lake City and met him there late Monday evening following his flights from London via Dallas.

Welcome to the USA!

Welcome to the USA!

We had two full days in Salt Lake where we spent much of the time in and around Temple Square, learning about the LDS Church and admiring its remarkable headquarters and the beautiful surroundings in which they stand.

We saw the “This is the Place” monument where Brigham Young declared the end to the Mormon trek from Illinois

The 21,000 seat LDS Conference Center

The 21,000 seat LDS Conference Center

This is The Place Monument

This is The Place Monument

and began the settlement that is now Salt Lake City. We also saw the relatively new and amazing Conference Center built by the Church and heard an organ recital in the world famous Tabernacle. We were not in town for any of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performances or rehearsals but the visit to Temple Square was nevertheless of great interest, as it has been for Molly and I on every previous occasion.

 

 

 

Mormon Tabernacle Organ

Mormon Tabernacle Organ

Salt Lake City LDS Temple

Salt Lake City LDS Temple

The world famous Mormon Tabernacle

The world famous Mormon Tabernacle

We also visited the Utah State Capitol – a beautiful building inside and out – and spent a very pleasant afternoon in the ski resort of Park City.DSC03011

On Thursday we drove over the Wasatch Range (eastwards and then north) to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we stayed two nights. Here we spent a morning in the “Wild West” town center and then took the cable car from Teton Village (at 6100 feet) to the top of Rendezvous Mountain (10,500 feet), from where we had magnificent views of the Jackson Hole Valley as well as the Teton Mountain range, including Grand Teton at almost 14,000 feet elevation.

 

 

Town Square, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Town Square, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Grand Tetons from Rendezvous Mountain

The Grand Tetons from Rendezvous Mountain

Today (Saturday) we drove north through Grand Teton National Park and its magnificent scenery with stops at the small but beautiful Jenny Lake (where we had great views of Grand Teton across the water) and Summit Mountain (7700 feet) which afforded almost 360 degree views of the mountains and valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Tetons from Jenny Lake

Grand Tetons from Jenny Lake

 

Jackson Hole Valley from the top of Summit Mountain, with the Snake River

Jackson Hole Valley from the top of Summit Mountain, with the Snake River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then crossed into Yellowstone National Park to our hotel for the next five nights in West Yellowstone, which is just outside the Park and in the State of Montana. One of the major roads within the Park is now closed for the season and it resulted in about a 50 mile detour for us today but we think it will not significantly affect our sightseeing over the next four days in Yellowstone, at which time, we hope to file our next Post.

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