Temple Square: Einstein07

These are two photos from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  One is the inside of the Mormon Tabernacle where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practices.  This is the organ in the chapel and the choir practices on Thursday nights.  The other photo is of the LDS/Mormon Temple.  It was finished in 1893 and is still used today by the church of the Ladder Day Saints (the Mormons).

State Capitol Building of Utah is in Salt Lake City: Sparkle Kitten

A picture of Seraph Young voting as the first woman to vote in the Utah Territory in 1869 is on the wall.  The Utah State Capitol Building has Georgia Marble inside. Brigham Young was the first Governor of the Utah Territory.  Most of the artwork in the State Capitol was painted by an unemployed artist during the Great Depression. This room is the State Reception room and is used on formal occasions.  There are lots of pieces of antique furniture here.  This State Capitol has many windows, especially in the ceiling so it has lots of natural light.  The State Capitol Building is on top of a hill, and very easy to walk around.  It is in what is known as “Temple Square” in Salt Lake City.  Einstein07 Especially liked the statues below so he took a picture of each one.  They stand for Immigration and Settlement, Land and Community, Science and Technology and ARt and Education.  The “BEE” is the state symbol and was chosen because the BEE represents “Industry” – not because there are lots of “bees” in Utah (as we found out – FINALLY!)

Jump In the Salt Lake and Swim!: Einstein07

Salt Lake City is named after the Great Salt Lake that is here!  This lake is salty like the ocean.  Many years ago, this area was covered by an ocean.  When the ocean evaporated, salt was left in the mountains.  That salt washes down when it rains and when the snow melts.  Parts of the Salt Lake are saltier than others, depending on how much additional fresh water is added.  In the north, the lake is almost 35% salt.  The amount of salt in the lake takes up more room in the water, and makes your body more buoyant.  You float much better – even here in the southern part where there isn’t as much salt as the North.  We went to Antelope Island State Park.  This park has a special bridge that was built to get to it.  The smell is pretty bad as you cross the bridge, but it isn’t as bad once you get to the lake.  Very few things grow here; mainly special shrimp, bugs and the birds that eat them.  You can see all the bugs on the ground as I’m running through them on the “beach”.  The birds fly by with their mouths open and scoop up the bugs if you scare them.  We didn’t see any antelope, but further back on the island there are both antelope and bison.  It’s really nice, but this is “no-see-um” season so we had to watch out for the bugs.  Yes, we were covered in salt when we got out of the lake.