Who We Are

We sold our home in June, 2007, and spent the next 7 1/2 years traveling full time in a Cross Roads Fifth Wheel. (We had been traveling during our summers for several years before going full time.) We loved the full-time lifestyle! Each summer we spent a month or two volunteering in State Parks, first in Indiana at McCormick's Creek State Park, near our family, then in later years as the grandchildren got older, at the Bluewater Lake State Park in New Mexico. We spent 6 months each winter at Cactus Gardens RV Resort in Yuma, AZ, where I worked mornings in the park office. The remaining months were spent on the road, seeing this great country of ours. Our favorite places are our National Parks. Anita loved photography and the freedom of digital photography, taking sometimes hundreds of photos in a day. We hiked as much as our legs will allow. We also really enjoyed square and round dancing as we travel across country, and meeting all the wonderful people who dance and/or travel.

But as in all things, there comes a time for change, and we decided it was time to create roots once more. In the fall of 2014, we purchased a home in Cactus Gardens, and in the spring of 2015, sold the 5th wheel. Anita also retired in the spring. We will continue to travel each summer, but for a shorter period of time. We hope to continue blogging about those trips, but it will obviously be on a more limited basis than in the past.

Please explore our past posts if you are interested in traveling this great country. You'll find an index in the left column. We hope you enjoy our blog, and appreciate all comments

Monday, September 14, 2009

Salt Lake City, UT area – part 3, Temple Square

(To see any of the photos on the blog larger, click on the photo)

Regardless of your religious persuasion, you cannot help but be moved by the beauty, artistry and craftsmanship of Temple Square.

Temple Square is the headquarters and hub of the Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ church, commonly referred to as the Mormons.  It sits as a 10 acre oasis in the amidst the busy Salt Lake City.

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sl3 The grounds are lavish gardens, dotted with statues; the buildings, examples of master construction.  

sl4 We spent a short time in the Family Center where the genealogy work starts.  Temple Square houses the largest genealogical collection of its kind in the world.  Having worked several years on our genealogy in the past, we decided to spend the rest of our afternoon seeing the square.

 sl5 As we entered one of the two Visitor Centers, we were greeted by two young ladies, working as guides during their 18 month mission period.  Young adults have the option of serving as missionaries for the church for 18 months.

The girls we had as guides were delightful, giving us an excellent tour of the grounds.  The  lavish Temple is visible from anywhere in the square.  It is open only to members of the church.  sl7

sl8 Our tour began in the visitor center with the displays as our guides described the building of the temple and other buildings.  Taking almost 40 years to build, the story is amazing. 

Each stone for the temple had to be transported many miles, and eventually a railroad was constructed to aid in moving the rock.  Displays show examples of the elaborate furnishings.sl9

sl6 The next building we visited was the domed Tabernacle.

sl10   Another young lady demonstrated the acoustics of the building.  From the front of the building, with no electrical amplification, she dropped a pin on the podium, and you could hear the distinct ‘ping’ at the rear of the building. 

sl11 The huge columns, appearing to be marble, are actually pine, realistically painted.  One of the massive organs is also located here, but we weren’t visiting on the right day to hear a recital of the organ playing or the choir.

sl12 We were next escorted into the Assembly Hall, the 1882 meeting hall,  with its white spires and beautiful stained glass windows. 


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The gigantic Conference Center (seats 21,000) actually has a four acre garden, complete with trees and fountains located on its roof.  A waterfall cascades down the south facade.

sl16 sl15     Normally the tours include the roof, but it had rained the day we were there, and for safety reasons, the roof is locked when wet.

sl18 There was only time for a quick stop in the second visitor center.  Here, murals depicting the life of Christ fill the walls.  There are two art galleries, and a large walk-around interactive map of Jerusalem.

sl19 A spiral staircase leads you to the top floor where an awe-inspiring 11 foot statue of Christ, The Christus, dominates an atrium with the walls depicting the universe. 

We enjoyed a quick, delicious  meal in the one of the squares restaurants, then headed for the train station to return home. There were many more buildings and areas in Temple Square that we did not have time to investigate … another reason to return to the area some day.  For more information on Temple Square, CLICK HERE.

sl20 Layton, along with other nearby communities is linked to Salt Lake City by rail, with the Frontrunner, a commuter train.  It made it a lot easier for us to visit the city than driving.

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