I was trying to add a picture of Bunny to the previous post but for some reason the picture disappeared! I walked across the street to the lodge where I had to perch on the stair landing and I guess cross my fingers and pat my head! The desk clerk finally went upstairs and turned the router off and on. Voila! Bunny’s picture reappeared! So here she is. She sent this photo as she was leaving to make a presentation to the elementary school.
Days into nights
Nights into daze
Warrior stares at the dragon’s gaze.
Facing the dark
Facing the light
Which is wrong and which is right.
Each must choose
Your choice alone
Choose the path that takes you home.
©Toni Dranes Hooper 2014
Light painting has always fascinated me. As I sat on the balcony of the condo last night in Gulf Shores, I watched people with their flashlights walking the beach. From my viewpoint, all I could see were the moving lights. It reminded me of a scene from a Disney Fantasia-like movie. My granddaughter Tristan and I walked the beach with our flashlight and camera. I could take “dancing light” photos forever!
We are sometimes sooo smart. We booked a later flight and got a late checkout so we could take our time. We just got back from touring Temple Square. We learned that there were three main buildings, the Temple that is off limits to non Mormons. Then there is the tabernacle where the music is, and there is the church where all can worship. We were guided by two sweet “sisters”. One from Taiwan and the other from Tahiti. They were here serving for eighteen months. It’s freezing here this morning and we understand Nashville has rough storms. Heading home anyway. Ready to see the families and get back to our daily routines….until the next adventure. Until then Thelma and Louise are signing off. Hope you enjoyed our adventure.
Today was a sleep late day. We have decided that what we do is not a vacation. The word vacation seems to imply rest and we do not. Adventure is more our speed. So we drove in to Salt Lake to give ourselves a day to recuperate before flying home. That being said, we drove out to Great Salt Lake and to Antelope Island State Park. Well worth the trip, except…. Lynn read online that the gnats were hatching. So what did this mean to us who are not familiar with gnat hatching? The park ranger told us as we entered that they hadn’t really come out yet. Yeah right. We parked and got out of the car to walk down the rocks to the lake. Suddenly my head was itching. I didn’t see any gnats. Then I saw lynn scratching her head. Still didn’t see any of the blood sucking things. Well they were there, everywhere! The visitors center even sold the netting hats. Did we buy one, of course not. But we trudged on. It was well worth the trip out. There is a working ranch and bison that roam the island freely.
Back at the hotel now trying to figure out how to get all the goodies that we accumulated home. We’ve already mailed four boxes of rocks home! We will have some dinner and in the morning plan to see the Mormon Tabernacle before going to the airport.
We awoke to the wind shaking our luxury tent. The wind we were told, can get pretty fierce. They told us when we checked in and signed a waiver stating that we would not hold Moab Under Canvas responsible for anything, that the wind could get so bad that they would ask us to leave the tent and ride out the storm in our car! It didn’t! The sky was cloudy as we packed up to head out for Salt Lake. Last stop on our list was Canyonlands National Park. It is a vast park about 30 minutes from Moab. It is divided into three sections and is considered very primitive. Our plan was to only see the area we could drive to because our trip to Salt Lake would take us four hours. We did stop at Dead Horse State Park and were not disappointed with the breathtaking views.
The drive to Salt Lake was along state highway 191/6. I did remember something about Soldier Summit being a mountain pass. I actually lived in Dugway, Utah forty or so years ago. The landscape changed again and memories flooded in. Why did I not appreciate this spectacular and surreal land then? Oh, right, I was 19 years old!
So here we are at the Hilton Garden Inn, five blocks from the Mormon Temple, savoring the last day of our adventure. Tomorrow, “Thelma and Louise” head back to Tennessee. We will see what the city has to offer. I know it will be informative and fun.
Canyonlands is next. The visitors center is called Islands in the Sky. We realized the road was actually on top of the Mesa with the canyon on both sides. Lynn does not like heights but she was amazing and drove us through.
Ok, this was taken from the car on the interstate, but the sun was shining through the clouds in the most ethereal way. Too bad we were on the interstate because my best friend will always stop for a photo if we can. She’s the best!