For Labor Day weekend, Brian and I decided to drive down to Salt Lake City to see my brother. We left the kiddos with grandma for the weekend, and my dad drove over from Carson City, Nevada to meet us there.
We knew that it was going to be a long drive - 12 hours on the lonely road - and it didn't help matters that I came down with a cold Friday before we left. We didn't let that hold us back though! We went out for dinner after we dropped on the kids, and then hit the road at 8:30pm Friday night, with a cooler packed with water, 5-hour energy drinks, and snacks. We drove all night -- through Idaho and on to Butte, then headed south. We stopped along the way for gas, and then once at a rest area for a 45 minute nap (neither one of us could go any further without some sleep!). The sun started coming up just as we were getting to the Utah State border. Brian tried to capture it with some pictures, but they just don't do it justice.
As soon we we arrived in Salt Lake, we called my brother and met him at his new place. Then off to a much needed breakfast at Denny's. Since my dad wasn't expected to arrive until later that afternoon, we checked into our hotel and took a MUCH NEEDED nap.
Dad got there around 2pm, and we decided to head downtown for some sight-seeing. Now, none of us are Mormon, but we really wanted to see the headquarters in downtown. We were not dissappointed! It was just beautiful! Lots of fountains, flowers, and amazing architecture.
Afterwards we headed down to Ikea for a quite shopping trip, and ended the night with a delicious treat at Cold Stone Creamery. I was amazed at the fact that neither my brother or my dad have ever been there before! lol...
Sunday morning we were on our own for while, and did lots of driving around town just looking at stores, etc, and trying to find some "utah" souvenirs for the kids. We ended up getting them each a shirt with the University of Utah logo on them, since that is where the Children's Hospital is located - which is where their Uncle David now works. =)
We then met up with the boys, got ready to go to a baseball game. Rather than drive, we hopped on a train which took us right to the field. Lots of interesting people.... but a quick way to travel if you want to avoid the traffic!
The baseball team there is the Salt Lake City Bees - they are a AAA baseball team, so one league higher than the Spokane Indians, I think. It was a fun thing to do with my family - hotdogs and kettlecorn were a must have!
After the game we went down to The Bayou for dinner. They have 100's of different beers there, both local and out of town/state. Brian and David enjoyed researching their next beer and trying new ones. The food there was AMAZING and very affordable. It's definately somewhere I'll go to again, next time we're down there.
Once we were stuffed with good food and beer (Brian - not me), it was time to say our good-byes and hit the road. As we hopped on the freeway, the sun was just making it's way below the horizon, and we were once again traveling through the night, making our way past semi's and roadkill, yearning to get home and crawl in our own bed. We left town at 7:30pm, and arrived home around 9am Monday morning. It took a little longer because we stopped more often for little naps. We even encountered some snow flakes as we got close to Butte. We were a sight for sore eyes once we got home. First thing we did, without even unpacking the car, was shoes off and crashed into our pillows.
It was a great, quick, fun weekend, and I am glad that we were able to share it with my brother and dad!