Oh what fun it is to ride on the I80 interstate, 740miles (1,200km) in one day, shared between us every 200miles or so, a long day, made longer by an accident east of Elko that held us up for over an hour, but we got to Salt Lake City after all, late at night.
It’s hot here today, 37c or “triple digits” as they say on US television, in fahrenheit about 101f. It was so hot it wasn’t possible to do much here today so we walked around for as long as we could in the heat and saw downtown, the temple area and the Family History Library, although the Irish family records are extremely limited due to the damage to the Four Courts during the Irish Civil War that wiped out the National Archives. So there wasn’t much to do there for me, the Mormons (now called Latter Day Saints) have nothing on our family anyway.
The temple area was interesting to walk around, it’s to Mormons what Vatican City is to Catholics. The surrounding gardens were beautiful and well maintained but we kept moving due to the heat. Also I now know why Americans shop at Shopping Malls, they are air conditioned!
Due to recent fire forests and dust from the hot, dry weather, visibility was extremely low and we couldn’t see the mountains that surround the city, which was disappointing.
So that was our day, we also got the tram out to the University for a look and that was our day in Salt Lake City. There is more to see here but we didn’t have enough time, and the heat was killer. It is the off season here too, the snow has all long melted, but I’d say it’s really nice here in the snow.
Two nights at the DL Bliss campground at Lake Tahoe, amazing, truly bliss and a welcomed break after the 220 mile (355km) drive from San Francisco. The weather was great, the sun was intense, in the late 20s, early 30s, lovely.
There were intense forest fires around South Lake Tahoe in late June so we thought we might have to abandon our plans, but a quick check online informed us that the DL Bliss campground wasn’t affected.
The lake is huge and the water is crystal clear and a lovely turquoise blue color, with little fishing swimming around your feet. So we spent all day Monday swimming and lounging around the rocks reading. We would have liked to stay longer, but it was time to move onto Salt Lake City, which is another crazy long drive all day across northern Nevada on i80, straight all the way.
We arrived to San Francisco in one piece and we’re really enjoying city life after almost four weeks of tenting it.
City is really cool and we’re only a few blocks from Union Square so great location and within walking distance of most areas.
So what have we been up to for the past week. Well we extended our stay for a few days as we need the rest and want to see as much as possible, and Louise wanted to shop some more. We also purchased a CityPass ticket each which saved us money on museums and includes transport on the trams for the week. For $54 it’s good value, especially if you plan on visiting the most of the museums and want the bay cruise.
Really nice city the weather was great for most of the week but it has been foggy for the past three days, including our boat cruise around the bay. But still good fun, if not a little cold and windy. The Golden Gate Bridge looks so cool in the fog, from the water it was not possible to see the top of the towers, that’s how dense the fog is here.So what museums did we visit, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was really good, some very interesting exhibitions which cover all media types and I strongly recommend a visit, Mossy this is a must for your visit here in August. The building is amazing and the museum store is really cool. Earlier in the week, when it was sunny we visited the Aquarium of the Bay which has a long tunnel tank you walk through and has all the marine life from the bay.
So much more to tell about San Francisco, will have to wait until I can spend more time online.