Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Morning at Camping World




There are four of us (rigs) camped at full hookups here behind Camping World.  The other three were here before I arrived on Thursday morning.  There are also about 3 or 4 rigs hooked up to electricity only and one giant motor home boon docking using a nicely quiet generator.  I’m thinking seriously of taking advantage of the free hookup even if the work does get completed tomorrow!  What the heck, they’ve got a lot of my money!

Yesterday Lacy and I drove in to Salt Lake City.  The entire city was packed with literally thousands of faithful members of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), who were in town for the semi-annual (I think this is the 183rd) “General Conference;” in which, I understand, leaders of the Church give sermons throughout the weekend in two-hour sessions.  As we drove around the area of Temple Square, the sidewalks and building entrances were ‘mobbed’ with men, women and children all dressed in their Sunday best.  It was most impressive to see especially young men (teenagers) dressed formally in suits, slacks and while dress shirts and neckties; all ladies in business dress and / or long skirts and blouses.  There were no bare midriffs or cutoffs in sight.  My only comparable ‘crowd’ experience, I think, would have been my visit to the Vatican in Rome on a Sunday morning when the Pope addresses “the citizens of Rome and people of the World.” 

Yesterday, while I was impressed with their numbers and dedication, I tried not to interfere with their purpose and left the Temple Square area sight-seeing for later this week,  We drove to the capital area and again were impressed with the beauty of this city, its layout, buildings and monumentss ….

The placards were out in force; this is one


This pedestrian walkway was the only place I saw people in regular Saturday attire





Not far from Temple Square is the State Capital and Capitol building - beautiful on an almost cloudless day

I'm not sure if the building was open to tourists; I had Lacy with me so I didn't try but we enjoyed walking all around the area

 On the Capitol grounds a monument to the Mormon Battalion of 1847


Directly across the street from the front of the Capitol is the 18th Ward Chapel



And also across from the Capitol the old City Hall, now called Council Hall
It's where the Visitors Information Center is located; there was a young lady who was a wealth of information about traveling in the entire state of Utah.  She actually gave out maps and made up personal itineraries for people dependent on their interests, time and traveling conditions.  Of course, she had to make allowances for the current closures of all the National Parks and Recreations areas in Utah.  In her position, she's personally visited all the points of interest she talked about

The building is still used for meetings, etc.  and in the hallway, outside the info center is a table with these volumes of names and biographies of the Pioneer Women

I looked for any information about my former husband's paternal family, who are / were Mormon; but I didn't find anything, maybe not knowing the original spelling of the surname 'Sherman.'  I think I remember it as something like "Scheuermann," but I'm not sure.


After an hour or so sauntering around the capital, we drove just a few blocks uphill to a residential area - what spectacular views




Little Petunia waiting patiently for us to take her home to Camping World!




 A brusquely cool windy day in Salt Lake City.  I picked up lots of free information about things to do and places to see in the city as well as the entire state.

                                     Happy Sunday - today is laundry day for me!

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