Monday, August 27, 2012

Salt Lake City

It has been a long day, so I am mainly going to post pictures.  First, the hotel I'm staying at (Hampton Inn and Suites SLC Airport) is very nice for a Hampton Inn and is very comfortable.  It probably doesn't hurt that I booked the corner room.

After settling in at the hotel I did some research online and decided to drive through the Big Cottonwood Canyon.  In the winter this area is a very popular ski resort destination, but the rest of the year it is a great spot to hike and view wildlife.  I set off and got there after about a half hour.  I already knew the Salt Lake area was beautiful from my descent into SLC and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Eventually I made my way up towards the end of the road to a town called Brighton.  There is a small nature center near a lake called Silver Lake.  By this point I had unexpectedly climbed to 8700 ft in elevation and the air was much chillier than down in the Salt Lake Valley.  One of the first things I noticed after I stepped out of my car were the moose!  There was a male and female, just laying in the brush near the lake.  I carefully approached and snapped a bunch of pictures.  Once the moose got up and started moving towards my position, I decided it was time to continue around the lake before it got too dark out.  The lake offered many beautiful views.

After this I stopped for dinner at a Japanese restaurant (I miss Japan).  I got some delicious sushi and tonkatsu and was very satisfied.  It tasted authentic and I would highly recommend Kyoto Japanese restaurant to anyone visiting SLC.  Finally I drove around the downtown area and ended up finding the capitol building.  I don't know much about it, but I think they were trying to be "the beacon on the hill".
After this I headed back to the hotel to finish up some work and get some R&R.

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