Kim recently had a business meeting in Utah, and despite the fact that airfare to go out west is astronomical, I went along for the trip. Her ticket was on the company dime, of course.
The farthest west I’d ever been before this trip was Colorado, and Utah is the next state to the west, so it was a new record for me.
Utah is beautiful. We only had 3 and a half days there, 1 and a half of which were work days, so we didn’t have too much time to explore; we saw Salt Lake City, Alta, and Antelope Island (briefly). But even just in Salt Lake City, it’s so clean, and there are mountains everywhere; it’s a lovely city.
We took lots of photos. Here are the ones I’ve posted so far:Downtown Salt Lake City Sugarloaf Road Hike (Alta)
Update 2006-12-17: here are the final 2 sets:Night Shots of Air Products in Bountiful, Utah, and Oil Refineries in Salt Lake City The Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island in Utah
Some random interesting things about Utah or the Salt Lake area in particular:
The highways are really wide. Route 15 is 6 lanes in both directions at some points.
Every shopping center has a pawn shop and/or a payday-loan shop. Literally every one. There must be hundreds of them in and around Salt Lake alone. It’s weird because those kinds of places are so tacky, and there were other tacky/gaudy shops, but then the next block would be really nice.
All restaurants in UT are non-smoking. That alone is nearly enough reason to move there.
They have this great little restaurant called Noodles & Company. We went there twice in 3 days if that tells you anything. I had the mushroom stroganoff and the penne rosa, and both were amazing, for $5. It is a chain, so I can only hope that one comes to PA soon.
And finally, not really about Utah, but about the flight out there: it was non-stop, which I always figured (you always hear) is ideal, but 2 hours into the 4.5 hour flight I started getting really claustrophobic and fidgety. And the seat next to me was empty. I don’t know what my problem was, but Kim also was really claustrophobic on the flight back (due to the huge guy next to her). So from now on I think I prefer that longish flights like this have a layover. And I would certainly always rather drive 8 hours in my own car than fly any amount of time. Of course to go this far west, driving isn’t usually a viable option, but I’m just saying.
Also, they tricked us when we got our seats: they were like, you’re in an exit row, are you willing and able to assist others in the event of an emergency? And we’re like of course, no problem. What they DON’T tell you is that the exit row seats don’t recline!! On a 4.5 hour flight, that’s something they ought to tell you.