Day 4: Grand Junction, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah

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Today was by far the best drive so far in the trip. Also, for the first time I got photos of us driving across state borders:

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The rumble strips on the side of the road got longer than I’d ever seen. They seemed to be 2-3 times longer than usual, with the same amount of spacing in between each strip. After a few hours we stopped at a rest area that was on top of a ridge. The road had run straight up a small mountain. There were more trees at this rest area, a result of the elevation I think.

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NEVER lose your sunglasses on a road trip in the middle of nowhere!

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When you drive long distances in the midwest…

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…the weather seems to be always changing.

Another highlight of the trip: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Inside the gates of the compound that included the Temple, we met with several very friendly sisters who were enthusiastic in telling us about Mormonism. Apart from the stereotypes, I had no idea what Mormonism was.

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My dad was really happy to get a copy of The Book of Mormon.

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Part of the tour that the sisters gave included sitting in the tabernacle. The acoustics were so great (the ceiling was made using bridge-building technology in the 1860s) that you didn’t need a microphone to address the entire audience from the front. The sisters said there are no secrets in the tabernacle.

Something that I found really interesting about Mormonism was that a lot of emphasis was put on the family as a unit. The sisters told us that nowadays most of us think that the individual is the basic living unit. However, the family is made of people whom you can fully trust.

The weather cleared up towards the end so we could walk around downtown Salt Lake City.

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