I recently got the chance to fly out to Salt Lake City and then head over to Evanston, Wyoming for both a quick getaway and for the wedding of a family friend.
I love to travel! I take any opportunity I have to get on a plane/train/boat or car and I go exploring new lands! I had never been to Salt Lake City or Wyoming before - so I was very excited to go. The bonus for the particular trip was that I would be able to see new sights and see family members - my dad, brother and nephew to be exact!
I arrived in SLC on thursday night (9/5) and headed straight to the hotel to relax and have some precious me time! :) I took a lovely bath and then crashed immediately after, which was great because I knew I would have a long day ahead.
On Friday, I woke up at 8am, had breakfast and headed out to explore SLC. First stop on the list was City Creek Shopping Center - a beautiful open sky mall with all the stores you would expect to find - and being an an old Apple employee - you know I had to check the City Creek store out.
After CCSC, I headed over to Temple Square, a beautifully manicured cluster of gardens and Mormon temples. The grounds are truly phenomenal.
After Temple Square, I walked over to the old Union Pacific station and I was surprised to see it had become a shopping mall with one the most impressive Urban Outfitters I’ve ever seen. Since I wasn’t in the mood to walk around a second mall for the day, I hopped on the light rail and headed to PictureLine to buy some film for my camera. PictureLine was impressive and the service was great!
I quickly stopped at Target to get some snacks for my nephew and headed back to the hotel to meet up with my family who had just landed!
After hugs and cheerful tears, we split into two trucks and headed to Wyoming. It was fantastic to simply sit back and watch the scenery go by - the canyons you’ll see are breathtaking and the ones I saw are apparently just the wee-tiny ones.
Friday night our hosts treated us to some delicious local steaks and a fresh salad and it was off to bed - since we all had a wedding to pull off Saturday morning.
Bright and early I gathered the troops and we started putting everything in place for the ceremony and reception. This was a traditional garden wedding and the colors were beautiful against the green grass and blue Wyoming skies.
Although we did get hit with some rain, the wedding still happened and the bride and groom were super happy with the turn out! We can’t control mother nature but we can focus on the positive right? :)
Sunday, this was our day to relax and really just enjoy each other’s company! I woke up with my nephew and spent some awesome quality time with him - got to help him brush his teeth and get dressed! AHHH! that felt soooo awesome to do!
After lunch we went out to see the bison and the elk that live in this local park - it was so magical to see such grand animals so close! I’m convinced that the bison is my spirit animal.
We eventually ended up in an old round house where old trains would get worked on and fixed up before criss-crossing the country. My brother and I were feeling pretty adventurous so we climbed to the top of an old oiler - the view from up there was phenomenal!
Lil’ Alberto was getting tired of all the walking around - so here he is on my shoulders - acting silly as we always do!
After the engine yard, we headed home to pack and for dinner. It was then that I realized how much fun I had with my dad, brother and nephew - it could’ve only been better if my mom would’ve been able to join us - but that’s a good excuse for another family get together! :-P
On monday morning, we drove back to SLC so the rest of the crew could visit Temple Square and get their photos taken there - after we took plenty of pictures I got dropped off at the airport to head back to SF and the fam went back to Wyoming to pack for their early flight back to NY on tuesday morning.
I had the absolute best time with everyone and everything - I look forward to my next trip to Wyoming and for the next time I get to spend quality time with my family, mom included next time.