Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Salt Lake City, Utah

Yep, we're back in Salt Lake City again. This is our third time in this RV park. We left Moab Saturday at our usual time of 10:00 and made the five hour drive to Salt Lake City. We drove up Hwy 6 because it was a lot shorter route than we did last summer. We had been told that this drive was beautiful and also to be careful because there are a lot of deer hit by cars on this hwy. Well, the drive wasn't exactly beautiful except at Soldier Summit which is 7500 feet and was still covered in snow. Gorgeous! And as is usual with our wildlife sightings we didn't see one single deer. LOL.

Soldier Summit

We've seen windmills all over the U.S.

We arrived in Salt Lake City at about 4:00 after stopping once for lunch and fuel. Todd & Michele came over with Ashton and Reilly a little while later with dinner! What a nice treat. They stopped at Five Guys for burgers and fries. Michele had told me they were to die for and Rod thought they were just okay but I thought they were pretty darned good. I just LOVE a good burger.

We were informed yesterday that the electricity would be turned off between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Wed, Thur and Fri. Three days with no electric all day!! No compensation, no apology, nothing. I understand they're having a lot of problems with electric here but it's unacceptable to just turn it off for 3 days. We have generators but have never used them to power our rig. They just ride along with us in the tool box in the back of truck. Well, today was the day to bring them out. We found out we sure can't run a bunch of stuff with them. After a few times of having them shut off we realized we needed to unplug everything that wasn't being used. Every time I tried to run the A/C it shut off the generators. So, we decided to just leave for the day and headed down to Thanksgiving Point where there is a dinosaur museum. Rod LOVES those things!

He reads every single thing!

Utah Raptor


Giant Sea Turtle



We've decided after thinking about it for a month or so that we're not going to Alaska this summer. We're really disappointed about it but some other things are just too important right now. Rod's 88 year old mom has experienced some health issues recently and then broke her hip on Easter Sunday. She has been living alone in her house and realizes she can't do that anymore. Rod has been in constant contact with her and his sister Sue. We'll be going up to Port Angeles this summer to help get her house ready to sell and she'll be going into an assisted living facility after she rehabs from the hip surgery. We're all praying for a speedy recovery and getting her back on track.

We're still coming to see you John & Brenda!!


JB said...

Sorry to hear about Rod's Mom, but we are glad you are still heading our way. We know it really is the Tyrell Museum that is drawing you to the area but now that you are not heading north you should be able to spend some time enjoying the Canadian Rockies. They really are worth the time.

Ellie and Jim said...

Rod,our Prayers are with your Mom, and we hope for a speedy recovery. These things are never easy. We hope to see you guys in Port Angeles if you are still there in August. Safe travels & Hugs....Jim & Ellie

Anonymous said...

We are RV-Dreamers who consider Utah homebase when we are not on the road. Discovered your blog on someone else's site and was surprised to read about Salt Lake City! We have followed Howard & Linda's adventure from the beginning. Would love to hear from you. We are in Eagle Mountain, UT.
Leslie and Mike Kennedy

Randy and Terry said...

Sorry that you have to postpone your Alaska trip, I know you are pretty disappointed. Hope that Rod's mom recovers quickly and w/o complication.

Take care, friend!

Joe and Sherri said...

Rod Sherri and I went this also with our is not easy seeing our parents have to go through this. I hope that all works out OK and you and Deb enjoy your time up there. We were hoping to be up there this summer but we might have to postpone our trip also due to some family issues here as well.

Joe and Sherri

Mark and Dortha said...

Rod and Deb...

We are thinking about you and praying that Rod's mom will soon be up and about. I am sorry to hear that you have to miss Alaska, but I look forward to the possibility of seeing you guys this summer.

Enjoy those kids in Salt Lake.


Leno said...

Oh, so sorry to hear about Rods mom. I bet it was a tough decision to cancel Alaska but the right one. Family does come first. Alaska will still be there.
Will have mom in my prayers..
Deb can't believe you are without electricity for 3 days.. Oh my.

Bob and Molly said...

Hi guys and we're sure sorry about Rod's Mom...we wish her all the best for a speedy recovery. (Alaska next year???:) )

Donna162 said...

So sorry to hear about your Mom Rod. Praying for a speedy recovery and an easy transition to the assisted living facility. Rod I know you're disappointed about Alaska but those fish will still be there next year! Miss you guys bunches!