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Westward, ho!

Filed under : America,Travel
On July 3, 2012
At 5:00 pm
Comments : 6

In honor of our nation’s birthday, I’m going to finally write about all my domestic travels over the last month. This is really the first week of vacation I’m getting (I hear your tiny violins) in the sense that I can get up whenever and just slack around the house. Apartment. Whatever. Soon I’ll have to start the many projects for school that I have to accomplish over the summer, so it’s not like I will be spending the next seven weeks sitting on the sofa eating potato chips.*

*There may be some of this.

So! The first place I went was to visit my dear friend, Tami, in Provo, Utah. I had intended to travel to Utah for a long, long time both because Tami lived there and because it is one of those increasingly rare places in America that has a distinct culture. Also, because I didn’t want to be one of those people who get their main knowledge of the LDS church from Big Love. But then Tami’s beloved husband passed away suddenly and I knew that this was the year.

Utah is a lot like Tami. It’s beautiful and is also wholesome yet full of rugged character. Tami was kind enough to tour me all around in her DietCokeMobile and we visited Park City, Provo, and Salt Lake City with various stops in between. We even ate across the street from where they found Elizabeth Smart, but that was accidental, plus Tami forgot to tell me till two days later. Oops.

I took this picture out the window of the DietCokeMobile. Seriously, is our country beautiful or what?

And this one. So gorgeous.

This is in Park City. I can’t believe those guys wouldn’t get out of my shot.

This is Brigham Young’s house in Salt Lake City. It’s called the Lion House. I wanted to tour it but there was no time to do both that and the Nordstrom so we went to Nordstrom. This is kind of the story of our time together. We did a lot of shopping and eating. Personally, I did it all so that my tax money could go to better pay teachers like Tami in Utah. I am THAT selfless.

It was a totally lovely trip and I had an utter blast. Tami is the kind of person who has a million interesting stories but also listens to your dull ones. She even has fun friends. And her daughters were awesome, too. I am not sure if I am more jealous of her to have such great kids or of them to have such a great mom. In conclusion, we live in a beautiful country with amazing people, and all you can eat pancakes with buttermilk-maple syrup are the greatest invention ever. God bless America.

Tomorrow, two more cities I visited for the first time. Also, sorry there were no actual ho’s in this post.

Edited to add this song, which is Tami’s new favorite after she kindly set up the Depeche Mode Pandora station just for me and then proceeded to spend eleventy billion hours in the car with me. We sang the alternate lyrics, though, if you must know.
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough


6 Comments for this post

  1. When you get ready to explore Alabama, I will prove that we are not all rednecks. Let me know when you want to visit!

  2. Becca says:

    Silly, Ima, I know that! College Boyfriend was from Birmingham. But I would still like to get to Alabama someday. You may be sorry you offered!

  3. TamTam says:

    It really was a great time. I loved having you here. Come back! I also might have cried some when I read this posty post. Thanks for your kind words. I will say that I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get a song at the end like you usually have. I would highly suggest Depech Mode’s “I Just Can’t Get Enough”!

    Top THAT!

  4. Becca says:

    Oh noes! I wasn’t sure I’d have room because 4-picture posts fit pretty tightly in this theme. But you’re right! That should have been the song. I’m adding it now!

    PS, I’m poking a giant in the eye while kicking a dog! Top that!

  5. Elena says:

    Very pretty photos. Sounds like a lovely trip and visit with Miz Tami.
    I’m pretty sure you’ve already been to NC, but if you want to come back, I can show you around. They are supposed to have good live music places here, but I dont’ stay up that late, so I wouldn’t know. Not much kosher food, but there are always vegetarian/vegan places in a college town 🙂

  6. Becca says:

    I have been to NC and most of the East Coast from NY to Florida, as we took many, many trips down by car when I was a child to visit my grandparents. So it isn’t as high on my list as places I have never been but maybe sometime! I have a lot more time off these days.

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