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Delta Screws Up the Plan - So - Making Lemonade

Forced Overnight in Salt Lake City


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

9 June 2010 - Continued- Flying from Dallas to Salt Lake

4880730-View_of_the_Mountains_Salt_Lake_City.jpgFlying over the mountains

Flying over the mountains

Wait a minute. I thought we were going to Yellowstone. Why the stopover in Salt Lake?

My daughter B, who did this trip in 2008, told me that I needed to make a reservation for the Old Faithful Inn a year in advance, and so I made the reservation as soon as I decided to go. I made my reservations at the Old Faithful Inn for June 10-12. These were the dates I had to work with.

Now - how to get there? If I didn't want to do the long drive from Jackson Hole WY (which I didn't) I would have to fly into West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is a tiny airport. There are no commercial fights in the winter. The first flight of the spring was scheduled to be 9 June from Salt Lake City. So I booked flights from DFW to Salt Lake and then to West Yellowstone for June 9th with June 13th as the return flight. I intended to stay at West Yellowstone the first night.

But Delta canceled the flight to West Yellowstone on June 9th. They did this in a very strange way. They didn't tell me that the flight on the 9th was not going to go. NO of course not. They canceled the return from West Yellowstone without explaining that this was because I wouldn't get there on the 9th.

It was easier to book a hotel in Salt Lake for the 9th and book the flight SLC to West Yellowstone on the 10th and cancel the hotel for the 9th in West Yellowstone than it was to rebook the whole thing. I probably couldn't have re-booked the Old Faithful Inn anyway. I picked a hotel in Salt Lake that was near Temple Square.

Got to Salt Lake
Landing

Landing


and since we didn't have any checked bags, we went right to the hotel pickup. Hotel shuttles and taxis connect the airport with downtown. Before I booked, I made sure our hotel had a free shuttle as I didn't want to pay for a taxi even though the airport is fairly close to the downtown. The wheelchair lady used the phone to called the hotel van
967665824880693-Waiting_for_.._Lake_City.jpgWaiting for the Shuttle

Waiting for the Shuttle


which came in about 5 minutes.
4880715-Tower_Salt_Lake_City.jpgConvention Center tower and New condo being built

Convention Center tower and New condo being built


I wanted a hotel as close to the Family Research Center as possible, and which also had wi-fi. This hotel (Salt Lake Plaza) filled the bill on all accounts - it is right across from the Temple and the Family Research Center backs up to the hotel.
Temple from the dirty hotel window by the elevator

Temple from the dirty hotel window by the elevator


We could see the capitol building from our window which is on the 9th floor.
100_5621.jpgState capitol Out our window

State capitol Out our window


The hotel is owned by the Church (Later Day Saints). The wi-fi worked well. They even had a way to print out our boarding passes in the lobby.

We dropped our stuff and I changed out of my slip-on airplane shoes into walking shoes and set out on our afternoon. First afterthought - I had to go back for my cane.

We headed over for the Family History Library - taking photos on the way. My grandson was uninterested in this, but we did take some photos of the horse-drawn carriage tours which go from South Temple at the south gate of Temple Square.
Horse and Carriage

Horse and Carriage


There is a total weight limit - generally they can seat 4 adults and 2 small children. Rides vary according to what locations are visited and vary between $50.00 and $80.00 for the whole group.

I saw a little log cabin and asked my grandson to see what it was.
100_4510.JPGLog cabin on the left and History Museum on the right

Log cabin on the left and History Museum on the right


Pioneer Log Home

Pioneer Log Home

Sign explaining the log home

Sign explaining the log home


When the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, they immediately began constructing simple homes in their new surroundings. Today, more than a century and a half later, only two of these original structures remain intact. This is one of them - it was home to the William Henry Deuel family for less than two years following their arrival in the valley.
05517810-befd-11ea-bdba-795eda2388b7.jpgInside the cabin

Inside the cabin


Today it has been fully restored and furnished with authentic pioneer artifacts, including a cast-iron stove and a spinning wheel

4854722-Temple_Salt_Lake_City.jpgSalt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Statue on top of the temple

Statue on top of the temple

The members of the LDS or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe that only persons baptized in their faith will be saved. Since they want all their ancestors to be saved, one of the things that they concentrate on is finding the people from whom they are descended so that they can be baptized in retrospect. The result of this is that the Church of Latter Day Saints has one of the largest, if not THE largest library of records of this kind in the world.

Tabernacle Across from the Family Visitor's Center

Tabernacle Across from the Family Visitor's Center

Close-up of bas relief on the Church History Museum

Close-up of bas relief on the Church History Museum


Family History Library

Family History Library


* The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources.

  • The International Genealogical Index database contains approximately 600 million names of deceased individuals. An addendum to the International Genealogical Index contains an additional 125 million names. These names have been patron submitted or extracted from thousands of original birth, christening and marriage records.
  • Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
  • In 2003, the collection increased monthly by an average of 4,100 rolls of film, 700 books, and 16 electronic resources.
  • A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
  • Approximately 200 cameras are currently microfilming records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

Patron Resources:

  • 202 patron computers
  • 509 microfilm readers
  • 36 microfiche readers
  • 28 microfilm and microfiche copiers
  • 4 microfilm scanners
  • 15 book copiers
  • Seating capacity for 396 at tables
  • Orientation and research classes

Phyllis (the other grandmother) had given me her genealogical information to me and she asked me to see if I can find her grandfather Alonzo Selby's discharge papers from the Federal Army (Civil War). I hadn't thought about it particularly, but my grandson astutely pointed out that Alonzo could not have served in the Civil War, as he was not born until 1878.
Microfilm reader

Microfilm reader


I relearned how to do searches there and get the microfiche and make copies of it and showed my grandson how to do that.
Photos of enlistment records

Photos of enlistment records


We did find 13 Selbys from Indiana who were in the Federal Army, but the one named Alonzo was born in 1844 and was not the father of her grandfather. We did find our Alonzo in the census with his widowed father.

Got out of the library about 8 and I would have walked to a restaurant, but my back was hurting so we just went back to the hotel
Hotel room

Hotel room


and ordered pizza. My grandson had his half sausage and I had my half pineapple.
4880644-Pizza_box_Salt_Lake_City.jpgPizza box on our hotel table

Pizza box on our hotel table


I also ordered cheese garlic bread
Unfinished cheesy bread

Unfinished cheesy bread


and we couldn't eat it all. The basic order was under $20, and I tipped the delivery person who came up to our room. (i.e. we didn't have to go down to the lobby like I do in Chicago.) We have a wake-up call, room service breakfast and a shuttle to the airport on order.
5367254854703-State_Capito.._Lake_City.jpgHotel room in the evening with my grandson

Hotel room in the evening with my grandson

State Capitol at night

State Capitol at night


I will not have internet access again until the 12th as the Old Faithful Inn does not have it.

Thursday 10 June 2010

My grandson woke early and took some photos of the state capitol and an industrial complex
Industrial area

Industrial area


that we could see from our window, and also some aspects of the hotel room
Bathroom

Bathroom

4854700-Safe_Salt_Lake_City.jpgSafe and Ice bucket

Safe and Ice bucket



There was a restaurant, and they had a breakfast buffet but I don't like buffets as it is difficult for me to walk with a tray and a cane. So we ordered room service for breakfast and it came as requested. He loved his sausage gravy and biscuits. I didn't eat all of my breakfast. I found the hash browns greasy. I took an English muffin thinking I could eat it later, but by the time I got to where I was hungry, it had gotten too hard to bite pieces from it.

I checked out of the hotel on the phone and then went down to the lobby to wait for the shuttle van. The van was doing another errand and we had plenty of time this was the 8:00 van and our plane didn't start to board until 10:00 or so.

My grandson went into the gift shop and bought some things, and I decided to do that too at the last minute. They had some deer antlers displayed on the top of the bookcase, and some other interesting items but what I got were CDs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. What would say Salt Lake better than that?
Sculpture in median

Sculpture in median


The TRAX light rail had a stop right in front of our hotel.
Trolley or tram

Trolley or tram


On the top of the kiosk between the tracks were bird sculptures which I thought were interesting.
Bird sculptures - Pigeon or Sea Gulls?

Bird sculptures - Pigeon or Sea Gulls?


We didn't have a chance to ride the 15-mile line down to 10000 South in Sandy (South Salt Lake Valley). It might have been an good way to see Salt Lake. When I was here before I took some photos from the hotel window of the buses, but at that time, I was too busy to do that either even though the hotel told me that the downtown was a fare free zone with no charge if you enter and exit in that zone.
Beehive shaped route signs

Beehive shaped route signs


We got to the airport and I asked for a wheelchair. There were two of us ladies who needed wheelchairs and one skycap pushed us both up the elevator and through security. Again they didn't need to see my grandson's ID. Then the wheelchair person left me and went to take the other lady to her plane. Before he left I gave him $2.00

The SLC airport is big, but the little Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft we are taking was in E terminal. Terminal E had five or six gates all squashed together for the little regional aircraft each with two flights listed.
Our plane from inside the airport

Our plane from inside the airport


They left me sitting in the wheelchair as there were no seats. My grandson briefly sat on my small bag although there was an empty wheelchair he could have used. He also went to the bathroom, filled his water bottle and got something to eat and then got my water bottle filled at the Starbucks stand.

We were supposed to board at 10:10, but of course we didn't. Four different wheelchair people came to me and explained that there would be a 20 minute delay. Before the flight was called they allowed me to board and there were three wheelchair people competing to push me out to the gate. In this area instead of the planes coming up and having a direct connection to the terminal, you walk down a long corridor and then open a door and walk out to the plane and up the steps. (Like in the olden days.)
Plane and Salt Lake airport from my seat

Plane and Salt Lake airport from my seat


We got to the actual plane about 10:45. My grandson gate checked his bag. We were right in front of the wing, but in back of the prop. There were less than 10 of us on the plane. I was by the window as my grandson does not like to fly and doesn't want the window seat. We took off about 11:30.
4880728-Taking_off_from_SLC_Salt_Lake_City.jpgTaking off in the Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft

Taking off in the Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft

100_4544.JPGReflections  and Tree covered slopes

Reflections and Tree covered slopes


They gave us peanuts as a snack but my grandson attempted to sleep instead.
My snack - cranberry juice and nuts

My snack - cranberry juice and nuts

Posted by greatgrandmaR 13:50 Archived in USA Tagged temple genealogy salt_lake

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I have always liked that saying (about the lemons) :)
Just curious, why you did want to stay at Old Faithful Inn?

by hennaonthetrek

It is THE place to stay in Yellowstone - It is an amazing place architecturally and is geographically the best place to be

by greatgrandmaR

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