18 August 2015 Utah Salt Lake City - The Great Salt Lake - Park City - Sundance
WOW!! We sat in on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra rehearsal on Thursday night. What a long dreamed-of treat. We were in the Conference Center Auditorium which occupies 10 acres. It is ENORMOUS, seating 21,000 people!! The sounds made me tingle down to my toes. 🎶
|A fountain atop the 10 acre Conference Center|
|Conference Center Bell Tower.|
|Notice the waterfall|
|Angel Moroni atop a spire|
|The visitors' center has many "life-like" photos|
|7,667 pipes for the 5 rank organ|
After the service, we toured several of the buildings which are outstanding structures. No short cuts were taken with the construction nor furnishings. They thought of absolutely everything. The sanctuary in the Conference Center is being re-carpeted with 7 ½ acres of carpet! One of the tours was of the roof and the guide said that the plantings there and on the ground level around the building are to camouflage it's tremendous 10 acres. This is truly a feat of engineering. There are no visible support beams. Besides the previously mentioned 21,000 seats, there's a 900 seat proscenium-style theatre and 1300 parking spaces below the building on FOUR levels. On the roof are 4 landscaped acres with trees, an alpine meadow of grasses and wildflowers, fountains, and a waterfall. The main support beam weighs 621 tons. The structure exceeds building code requirements to withstand seismic forces in the event of an earthquake.
|Strolling the city's streets, I just found the 2 types of architecture--the old brick and the new glass buildings--an interesting contrast|
Salt Lake City has an Apple Store, REI, Blick Art Supply, an independent mechanic who put on new brake pads and other "mendables" that he found on our Toad/Towed plus all the other stores you'd expect in a big city.
|A view from Antelope Island of the Great Salt Lake|
|The Great Salt Lake|
Time to pull up the tent stakes and begin moving east.
Bill and Laura Bender
18 August 2015