Salt Like City. What?

We arrived at Salt Lake City after a huge drive where we went over valleys and mountains and I was completely oblivious to same because of AUDIOBOOKS!  BEST INVENTION EVER.  The drive might have been ten minutes.  It was that good.

Anyway – we arrived in Salt Lake City, or SLC late on a Saturday night, and I was confounded by all the people driving around with hip hop music blaring, out for a good time.  Wasn’t this a super weird city where everyone is Mormon and they hate fun?

The next morning I dragged us to the Mormon Temple in the middle of the City, and then to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir church.  We were questioned by two sets of “sisters” who are lady Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints missionaries.  And they were all foreign.  Some were nice, some a bit obtuse.  But the grounds are very pretty.  And I didn’t get to hear the choir, but the building was nice.  We walked in the BLAZING heat around the place – it’s huge.  The blocks are way longer than normal blocks, and the city is super confusing and pretty empty by city standards.  There were a lot of interesting people there though, I didn’t think so many hipster types would live out there, but from conversations it’s a popular city to move to.  The mountains are a pretty spectacular setting too, I think it was one of the more dramatic cities I’ve been to so far.  The mountains were clear and unobstructed.

We found an awesome farmers market, and got stuff for a picnic.  We had to spend most of the day in the shade as it was so dry and hot, and when it cooled down a little bit, we decided to see what the Utah liquor laws were all about.

The first bar we went to told us that the law is that any beers on draft have to be 3.2 alchohol by volume.  That means all beers like Guinness, Budweiser etc, make a special brew for Utah.  It’s not just watered down, it’s specially made.  Despite this, there are a lot of beers on tap.  And they all generally taste pretty weak and watery.  Some are good, but they leave a lot to be desired.  What is so odd is that at the same bar, you can get a “full strength beer” in a bottle.  SO WHAT IS THE POINT WITH THE DRAFT LAW THING?!  It makes no sense.  Also – the beers that everyone drinks, they are not just normal pints.  Generally, they drink liters!! As in, takes two hands to drink this mug litre.  I guess they make up for weak beer by  drinking huge quantities of it. Weird.

We accidentally found the most awesome dive bar in the city, and as husband does, made friends on the pool table.  Husband is probably the best pool player in the universe, and the poor, unsuspecting people on the tables never see it coming. 

It was a good day in Salt Lake City  – I still don’t know what to think about it!  One the one hand, it’s pretty religious, and then on the other, it’s super liberal.  It’s an interesting place though, and definitely worth visiting.  There’s lots of outdoor areas and hiking and skiing right there too.  If you’re in to that.

Off to Moab, Utah!


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