|Tower King Room Little America Hotel|
The room was a 600 square foot room with the French Richelieu furniture and brocade furnishings on the windows. The bathroom was a room within a room made of Italian marble. The second dressing room sported a dresser, a second sink made with old fashioned wooden legs. And the biggest pleasant surprise, they still offered free stationery! You could write a letter or send a postcard. Boy the good old days. The hotel was built by the founder Admiral Byrd. When he was a was a young man herding sheep in a dreary section of Wyoming, he became lost in a raging northeast blizzard and was forced to camp out all night. He thought what a blessing it would be if someone would build a house of shelter at that desolate spot. Many times he dreamed of a haven for travelers with a crackling fire, warm bed, delicious food.
The atmosphere reminded me of a ski lodge. At a young age, I vowed never to ski as in this mindset already I told this to my roommates in college at the age of twenty. I said that every time I thought about skiing I heard somebody else had broken a leg on a ski trip. I felt that this was Gods way of telling me that it wasn't for me. They laughed as they went off to ski. I had to keep from laughing when one roommate didn't come home for several days as she broke her leg that weekend and was in the hospital. It wasn't funny but the irony of it all still supports my mindset of respecting the sport and knowing it is too risky for me.
The city is built on a grid that centers around the Temple Square which is the center of the Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ Mormon Faith. Salt Lake’s unique street numbering system is almost identical in concept to that of longitude and latitude. Think of the point at which the Equator intersects the Greenwich Meridian – in other words, 0 degrees longitude and 0 degrees latitude. On the globe, that zero-point is just south of Ghana off the West African Coast. In Salt Lake City, it’s at Temple Square. Salt Lake is laid out on a simple grid system. Virtually every address in the city has a set of two coordinates telling how far east or west and how far north or south it is from Temple Square (or the corner of Main and South Temple Streets to be exact).
|Noon Concerts by Mormon Tabernacle Choir|
We visited the Temple on the way back before our flight. It was just beautiful. So we came full circle on our trip and ended at a square. Its never been so easy to fit a round peg into a square hole.
(I'll blog more about the Mormon faith later but for the mean time, enjoy the view of Brigham Young's Bee Hive House)
|The Entertainment Room|
|The Dining Room|
|The Sitting Room|
|The flowers of Temple Square - Spring Tulips|
A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it. ~Brigham Young