This day trip into Salt Lake was planned by Matt. Front Runner and Trax schedules were mapped and each stop along the way was in order. The kids were SO excited to ride Front Runner to Salt Lake. What I didn’t expect was that it’s beautiful! I expected a view as if I was travelling alongside I-15. Maybe occasionally they line up, but most of the time you are in the countryside and you feel completely removed from any traffic at all. It’s the opposite of driving where you’re a foot away from herds of cars and you’re completely surrounded by drivers weaving in and out of traffic. I loved it! We got two group passes for the day and that took care of all of our transportation, whatever train/bus/shuttle we needed. I have to say that it reminded me of being in Europe again- taking mass transit and then walking wherever you need to go- and I’m always thrilled about that 🙂
It was a brisk day and it threatened to rain. The forecast called for morning showers and then a clear afternoon. Instead it stayed cloudy for most of the day. Most of us kept our jackets on for the day, but the rain held off until we were on Front Runner heading home.
STOP ONE; CHURCH HISTORY MUSEUM
We first walked through the “adult section” of the museum. I thought they did a great job making the displays interesting for all ages, but I think nothing interests a 2 and 3 year old more than the ramps that take you from room to room. An usher follows you around as you move through the museum. I think (hope) she thought the girls were cute instead of crazy, but we did go quickly through this part to get to the children’s section.
This model of a passenger ship caught everyone’s attention. We especially liked the bunk beds (you can sort of see them behind the ship). It was a display that you could crawl around in. It and looked fun…. and then you realized that a family slept together on one bunk (Not the whole bunk bed- just one bunk)….. and that Cayden would have slept with the crew. Crowded quarters. And I’d miss Cayden.
We tested out the handcarts.
And thoroughly played in the children’s section. There was a great section on scouting for their 100 year celebration, so Matt and Dylan disappeared over there and they worked on earning a patch.
Every time we go to the museum the children’s section is completely different!
It might be because we only go every three or four years though.
STOP TWO: THE CONFERENCE CENTER
When we were watching General Conference Matt told the kids that we’d take a tour of the Conference Center over Fall Break. Seeing the waterfalls in person was the thing they were looking forward to the most!
The guide was funny and kept us moving fast so the kids wouldn’t get bored.
It was just as pretty inside. One of my favorite rooms was where they displayed all of the Book of Mormon art by Arnold Friberg. All originals. The pictures you grow up with as a child, flipping through your Book of Mormon and looking at the pictures when sacrament got boring, and here they all were!
The older four children went with Matt to tour the roof gardens while I took the two rambunctious girls outside (they were done looking at art) to look at fountains and run around. Freedom!
STOP THREE: THE REFLECTION POOL
Despite the grey clouds, the Fall colors around the temple were absolutely brilliant! We soaked it all in and had lunch by the reflection pool.
I say “lunch” but really it was a backpack full of granola bars, fruit snacks, a box of wheat thins and beef jerky. It was all gone in moments.
After the tour at the Conference Center and being on “best behavior” mode it was nice to just sit back and let everyone walk around.
These boys walked laps around the reflection pool- again and again and again. They’d only stop long enough to get something else to eat!
The Superman cape that Ashlyn made for Jackson’s birthday has been well used. He wears it everywhere. And I have to say that he always gets cute comments wherever he goes!
Matt and I – awwwwww! (Taken by Ashlyn)
STOP THREE: THE BEEHIVE HOUSE
I thought this was a great tour but….. this 20 minute tour was about 15 minutes too long for Dylan and Megan. This was the hardest stop (due to wrangling and coralling) but one that I was totally interested in. This was one of Brigham Young’s houses.
Brigham Young wanted all of his children to have a musical talent. It was hard to get instruments all the way to Salt Lake in that time, but it was something that was important to him.
The wife that lived here was the best hostess “people person”
He always recognized talents that his wives had. He’d always introduce them as, “Here is …….. She makes the best bread you’ve ever had.”
There is a hidden “train” carved into one of the rooms.
Even kids back then had play kitchens
The Saints were scared of the train coming because they were afraid it would bring more persecution. (I’d never thought of that). But Brigham Young had a revelation that this was what they needed to do, so they went to work and helped build the tracks for the Transcontinental Railroad.