Me at “The Pie Pizzeria” with a mug of their microbrewed Rootbeer!
I’ve always heard that people say “It’s about the journey, not the destination”, but I’ve never heard anyone actually say it in person. I’ve definitely never heard anyone who has travelled with or around kids say that.
Two weeks ago, I took my family to Salt Lake City. I grew up there and still have some friends and a lot of family in the Salt Lake Valley. The flight is only about 5-1/2 hours from our airport, but when there are upset children on the plane, it feels like an eternity! We also experienced a Lot of turbulence. I’m talking gut wrenching, the plane feels like it is dropping a few hundred feet type of turbulence! Which most people handled well, except one lady who screamed on one of the bigger drops. Some children and overdramatic people should simply be sedated before flying.
Salt Lake is so different from the one I knew growing up. The city wasn’t grungy like 1980’s New York City or anything, but it certainly felt aged and a little dusty. Places like the old Salt Palace and Crossroads mall were more than a little stale. It is hard for me to think of downtown as this though, while I tend to really romanticize my 80’s childhood experiences and downtown was a huge part of that, but if I’m being honest, it was.
Now, however, it is completely different. The newer buildings downtown have really brightened up the city and most everything feels fresh. The new Library is a beautiful 5 story glass building with a rooftop garden. Warning: if you are scared of heights like me, this building can be very nerve -racking. Temple Square, home of the LDS temple and Tabernacle, is still very nice and the grounds contain a lot of nice visitor centers with a variety of exhibits. The church has done a lot to help modernize the city.
The new Library (right) and City Hall (left).
There is a beautiful shopping area downtown called City Creek Mall. It is a huge outdoor shopping experience with a small creek and Waterfall therein. It is a nice place to visit, but I found the shopping to be just ok. The food court is nice with a big play area for younger children. We enjoyed walking around it for sure.
The kids loved the city parks, Sugarhouse Park in paricular, and had fun playing on the different playgrounds. We probably visited at least seven or eight, each one providing a different experience.
The kids at Sugarhouse Park.
We spent one day at Park City which is about 30-40 minutes from Salt Lake, in the mountains. We met up with my best friend from Arizona and his wife in Salt Lake and caravaned through the canyon. I had not been to Park City in a long time and so I missed our exit. Due to construction, I could not simply turn around. This led to a 45 minute detour that brought us to our destination from the south. A boring journey I never want to repeat!
Once there, everyone had fun riding both the Alpine Slide and Alpine Coaster. That is my best friend in the front.
All in all it was a very fun trip. No major plans, just a lot of wandering and exploring. I guess I actually like small journeys as long as they are located within the destination. Once in a city or area, I enjoy scouting around and even getting lost. Someday, I’ll talk about my aversion to “Road Trips”.