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Where We’ve Been: Utah

27 Jun

Utah is a western state of the United States. It was the 45th state admitted to the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah’s 2,736,424 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the sixth most urbanized in the U.S. The name “Utah” is derived from the name of the Ute tribe and means “people of the mountains.” in Ute. Utah is bordered by Arizona on the south, Colorado on the east, Wyoming on the northeast, Idaho on the north and Nevada on the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico.
Utah is one of the most religiously homogeneous states in the Union. Between 41% and 60% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church), which greatly influences Utah culture and daily life.
The state is a center of transportation, information technology and research, government services, mining, and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates, Utah was the fastest growing state in the United States as of 2008. St. George, Utah, was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000–2005. —

We finished Utah Yesterday, crossing into Colorado around 3pm or so.  Amazingly beautiful scenery as we drove, and I really wish we had somehow managed to work the Bonneville Salt Flats into our journey. Guess that just means we’ll have to do this again sometime.


We’re in Utah, which is lovely.

27 Jun

Hello, Utah!

But it’s hard to admire the lovely when you surrounded by children who really want Out of the Car Now.  Yesterday’s lowlight was poor Castor crying until he vomited while the grown ups desperately searched for a place to stop.  By the end of travel, we were all snapping at each other, and the night ended in tears when Moon’s bedtime story got cut short due to her attempt to injure one of her brothers (“He was grabbing my bed!  He’ll get drool on it!” “We’re sharing a hotel room, it’s not your bed.”).  Not a night any of us are looking to remember.

Unrelated note: why are their so many signs for plastic surgery/liposuction/laser hair removal/etc in the Salt Lake City area?

Next stop, Colorado.  We hope.