Monthly Archives: March 2015

Spring in Salt Lake City, Day 3, 3/24/2014

 A very busy day.  Up at 7 am and had a good breakfast at the 20150324_111057hotel and then we headed off to Park City.  Park City is supposed to be the best place around of skiing this time of the year.  Not this year.  Without snow machines skiing would have been done.  The restaurant’s and stores are still going strong and it was a great visit.  Unless 20150324_095057there is a very big change of the weather very soon, I expect skiing will not make it to mid-April.

The drive to Park City to Provo is spectacular.  The Provo Canyon is wonderful.

We made it home to the motel by 2 pm and took a very short nap at they were working on a fixing a busted water pipe with lots of noise.  Oh well.

20150324_185921Last night was our wild night for dinner.  Hot pot Chinese food.  First time for Libby and me.  The hole in the wall is just down the street for Brigham Young University who sports a large Chinese student population and the restaurant was full of hungry students. 

The dinner took us one and half hours as we cooked our own food at our table.  Seafood, beef, pork, eggs, vegetables, spam, noodles and rice.  So unique and delicious. 

Definitely will eat there again. 

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in utah



Salt Lake City, Day 2, 3/23/2015

20150323_174322Back on the road again.  A very short day for20150323_173530 us…225 miles from Cedar City to Provo Utah.  80 mph speed limit in Utah Interstate 15.  We rolled along about 74 mph instead and we crossed over 4 mountain passes highest 6600 feet.

The closer we got closer to Provo, the darker it got.  30 miles from our destination it was raining.  Snow covering the mountains and here is a photo of our hotel.  Right behind our hotel is a great walking path along the Provo River.  Wonder why we want to stay here?

We took a nap and then headed off for a walk and found a pizza joint.  Mmmm.  The city is filled with early spring blooming trees and bushes.  Great day two.20150323_173617

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Driving, utah



Salt Lake City, Day 1, March 22, 2015

Spring trip!  The first big trip of the year.  We decided that we wanted to drive to Salt Lake City/Park City area this year.  We stopped at a great hotel in Provo last year and we’re heading back there for three nights.

cracker barrelWe took off from home about 7 a.m. grabbed a quick breakfast at McD’s…been doing that for 20 years…and headed straight through to St George, Ut and our favorite road restaurant, Cracker Barrel.  It was Sunday Dinner(lunch) and it was fried chicken time.  Oh my goodness.  Best ever. 

Filled up with gas at Costco for $2.30 gallon a dollar and 10 cents less than Cali.  Oh yes food at least third less than good old Cali as well.  Another reason to smile on this trip.

An hour later we are at 6500 feet in Cedar City, Utah with snow capped mountains all around us.  Oh yes, 37.6 mpg for Honda CRV.  Great first day. 



Packing Today…Gas Prices

Getting ready for the trip by starting packing today.  Traveling in the Spring/Fall always gives you a pain as you never know if it going to snow or be 75 degrees.  As they say “layers.”

I understand the cost of gas, which went up $1.05 a gallon in 30 days in California with no explanation, is going down again.  Wanna bet the decrease will not be as fast or far as the increase?  When the government(gas taxes and sales tax) are in cahoots with the oil companies(increased profits) against the consumer…be afraid, very afraid.



No Decent Hotels In 657 Miles?

imageOk, Ok, before I get blasted for the above question, here are my criteria’s.  We are driving home from the Salt Lake City area to the Palmdale, CA area, 657 miles.  It is too far for one day for us and we want to stay in a reasonably priced($75.00 or less), clean hotel room and that’s all we need.  No gambling necessary, no pool, no fancy restaurants.  We have tried Mesquite, NV…crummy rooms but good prices.  Las Vegas, crazy expensive rooms, and moderately expensive rooms with resort charges, parking charges, gambling push push push.  Primm, NV, gonna try it.  Reasonably priced rooms with small resort fees.  Will let you know how this works out. 

Could it be true there is not a decent motel room meeting my criteria in 657 miles.  By the way, forget Baker, CA. Too far to drive in one day. 


Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Arizona, California, Driving, Nevada, utah



Planning 2015 Trips; Utah and New Orleans

I have been working on one of the best part of traveling, planning for the trip.  With the Web at your fingertips and your traveling experience, you can put together a really good trip at a cost that you can afford. 

We are traveling this year to places that we have visited or at least driven through/flown into in our traveling career;  Salt Lake/Park City, UT and New Orleans.

Salt Lake/Park City comes first.  It is a highway 15 driving trip all the way via Las Vegas, with stops in St. George(restaurant), Cedar City(hotel), Beaver(world’s  best local Gouda Cheese factory) and finally Provo, UT. as our home base.  We have come to really enjoy Utah.  Interestingly it reminds us of Germany.  Mountains, pristine wilderness and farm country, excellent roads with speed limits of 85 MPH, friendly hard working people and great universities. 

The hotel we’re staying is located just down the street from BYU on a creek that is roaring clear mountain water from snow pack, run by the college students, has a great breakfast included in a very reasonable cost.

We are going to spend some time in Park City, UT skiing the Black Diamond runs…LOL…not at our age.  Instead, we are going to take horse drawn sleigh up into the high mountains and stay in a mountain lodge which serves a big “home made dinner”  with entertainment.

Finally, testing some great rated restaurants, exploring the Temple Square area, and museums.  I will be ranking our experience in restaurants and and visits on Trip Advisor.  Should be fun.

Travel vicariously with us via this blog.  We leave in about three weeks.