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Saturday Photo Hunt: REALLY

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This week's theme for the Saturday Photo Hunt meme is REALLY. This one was open to many interpretations, enough so that my first perusal of photo files yielded nearly two dozen that could work. It didn't take me long to narrow it down to just this one.

I took this photo while riding down an escalator in the convention center in Montreal, but the futuristic architecture and the attire of the people both make me think I'm looking at a scene on a space station, or the set of a science fiction movie. But REALLY, I took this photo during the Worldcon science fiction convention.

Incidentally, I took another photo on that same trip down the escalator. Well, actually I took quite a few. But one of those other shots is one that I featured in a Saturday Photo Hunt blog post in April 2012, the one that won a 1st Place Award for Photography in both the Virginia Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women 2013 communication contests. I'll accept the award from the national organization next month in Salt Lake City.

Next week's theme: PLANTER.


Posted by: 6of8 (6of8)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
Cool photo

You said you are headed to SLC next month for your NFPW meeting. Have you been before? How long will you be there? Is there anything in particular you want to see? I could give you all kinds of tips on getting around, seeing the sites, where to eat, etc, if you are interested.


Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool photo

Hey, Six,

Are you from Utah? Yes, I've been there before. I lived in Sandy for three years, so I'm good, as far as tourist attractions in the Salt Lake area are concerned. But restaurants have surely all changed since I was last there. Do you have any favorites in downtown SLC (with something vegetarian)? And any recommendations for where to eat pizza? We're staying at the Marriott, a block or so from Temple Square.

You might also be able to give me suggestions for other parts of the trip.

The conference is four days; we won't be in Salt Lake much longer than that. But Bob and Jon Morgan are coming, and we're making a long road trip out of it. So we'll be driving all the way there and back. I'm still working out the route, but I think we'll take a northerly route on the way there, stopping overnight with my brother-in-law in Madison, WI, and visiting two sites in South Dakota: De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder's "little town on the prairie") and Mount Rushmore. We haven't decided if there's anything we want to spend time on in Wyoming along the way.

After Salt Lake we're heading down through Utah. I haven't decided which of the national parks we'll visit, but we probably won't have time for more than one. Arches might be more convenient to our route, but I hear Bryce is the best. Of course, there are others. Do you have any recommendations? I haven't been to any of them.

Then we're going to stop for a day or two to see Mesa Verde and the Four Corners Monument. Jon Morgan wants to stand in four states at once. From there, we haven't chosen our route home yet. We may head into the mountains in Colorado, maybe to one of the ski resorts. Or we may head more eastward, either on a southern route, through Oklahoma, or a bit farther north, to hit St Louis and the Arch. I'm open to suggestions!

How are you? Will you be at the meetup this weekend?


Posted by: 6of8 (6of8)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool photo

How did I not know you had lived in Sandy (a town currently known for yuppie Republicans, but one beloved in my family because the exit used to be called "Sandy Jordan area" -- my mother Sandra's maiden name was Jordan)?

Downtown I often recommend one of the Iguanas (Red or Blue), which are Tex-Mex. I will make some inquiries about vegetarian fare (I am a dedicated meatosaurus) and pizza downtown. The only pizza places that come to mind are Robintino's, which is in Sugar House/Holladay, and The Pie, which is at the U just off 13th.

Wyoming is home to one heck of a lot of nothing, dotted with sagebrush and antelope, but there is one little beauty spot that a lot of people stop off and see on the way to or from Mt. Rushmore -- Yellowstone.

As for heading South to Mesa Verde etc., one of the main routes goes past Moab and Arches National Park, but would put you out of the straight line for both Bryce and Zion. I love both, and it somewhat depends on whether you want to look down at things (Bryce) or up (Zion). Since Bryce is on top of the mesa looking down, the heat can be worse there, with less shade and less of a breeze. Zion at the bottom has a lot more trees (not like Virginia, of course) and more water. Both will be crowded. If you go past Arches on the way to Mesa Verde you would also pass Canyonlands National Park, and you could start the Southward drive at Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal. Either way, Monument Valley just before Four Corners is gorgeous, especially by moonlight.

I will hopefully see you on Saturday.


Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: July 24th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: Cool photo

Thanks! How funny that Sandy Jordan is your mom's name! I remember that exit.

Technically, I lived in Sandy, but in reality I was at college at U.Va. for most of the time that my family was in Utah, so I was really there only in the summer and at Christmas break. That's probably why it hasn't come up. I didn't realize you lived there. Were you right in SLC? Do you get back there a lot?

I really need to start making more detailed plans for the trip out and back. I had considered Yellowstone. I was just there a couple years ago, though my husband and son haven't been. But it is a bit out of the way, so I'm not sure if we'll try to do it. Jackson Hole is pretty, too, and a little closer to our probable route. Or maybe we'll just press on to reach Utah that much faster.

When I lived in the Salt Lake area I worked for Der Ratskeller pizza parlors, but I'm sure they're long gone. Tex-Mex usually works for vegetarians. Even if everything else has meat, a Tex-Mex restaurant usually has at least a cheese quesadilla for me and my son.

I'm still not completely certain, but I think I will be at the BC-DC meetup on Saturday, but possibly a bit late. See you then!

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