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American Road Trip Adventure: Day 7

September 30th, 2013 (08:29 am)

I've just returned from a long road trip. I was traveling to a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we made it a family vacation, to show our son more of this big, amazing country. I blogged from the road, but I didn't want to advertise to every burglar on the internet that our house was empty, so I've waited until now to start posting the entries.
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Tuesday, Aug. 20
Casper, Wyoming, to Salt Lake City, Utah
420 Miles

After a late evening of driving on Monday, we woke up Tuesday morning in Casper, Wyoming. Our goal today was simple: Make it to Salt Lake City. Except for marveling at the landscape through the car windows, we did no real sightseeing. We did make a rest stop at something called Independence Rock, an enormous rocky outcropping so named because early settlers aimed to arrive there in time for Independence Day during their journey along the Oregon Trail, in order to be sure their wagon trains would make it across the Rocky Mountains before winter set in.
P1130161 Antelope in Wyoming 40%
A while later, skies darkened, clouds morphed into dramatic streaks and swirls, and in the distance, sheets of rain slanted down.

Just before the Utah border, we saw our alien spaceship! At least, it looked the way the sky looks in a science fiction movie just before the enormous, city-crushing spaceship breaks through. Clouds roiled and parted, a hole widened in the sky, and light poured out. I never saw a spaceship, but an airplane did streak across the hole in the sky. Check out the pictures, below.

Then we entered Utah. The aliens must have been thinking, "This is the place."

We continued through the now-tranquil mountains to downtown Salt Lake City and checked into the Marriott. As fun as the trip west had been, we looked forward to five days in one place.

P1130229 WY mtns 40%
P1130254 Independence Rock, WY
P1130265 JM on bridge 40%
P1130371 rocky road scene 40%
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P1130491 Hole in the Sky1
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P1130505 Hole in the Sky5
P1130515 Hole in the Sky6
P1130529 Mtn scene 40%
P1130538 Colorful Mtn 40%