Started on our vacation today. Our plane left at 12:05 pm, right on time, and we arrived in Salt Lake City at 2:15, also right on time. Bill and Shirley were there to meet us, as we expected. Richard and Joanne were also there, which we had not expected. We were so excited to see everyone.
We drove from the airport to the new downtown mall, City Creek. They had not been there yet, either, so we all enjoyed walking around and checking things out. It is a beautifully designed mall and mixed use area. It feels like you are outside, because of the glass ceiling which opens. It was threatening rain, so the roofs were closed, but the sun was shining and it was beautiful. The creek running through the center was pretty and so relaxing to watch and listen to the running water.
For dinner, we went to the Cheesecake Factory, which is right there at the mall area. We had a great dinner and lots of fun talking and catching up.
After dinner, we walked over to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and rode to the observation deck on top to see Temple Square. We then spent some time looking around the building and chatting with some of the missionary couples assigned there.
We ended the evening by walking over to the Tabernacle, where we watched some of the Tabernacle Choir rehearsal. It was really a lot of fun seeing them in a more relaxed atmosphere. They sounded just as good, though.
Then Richard and Joanne went on home (actually we learned later that
they decided at the last minute just to stay in a hotel and not drive back
down to Spanish Fork that night), and we went to spend the night with
Bill and Shirley in Layton.
First day of travel finished - and reunited with 3/4 of the group! We are so looking forward to the rest of the reunion.