3/28/14 to 3/30/14 Time to go home
Leaving Capitol Reef, we settled in for the long drive to Salt Lake City. We didn’t know much about the city, but we’d heard it was nice. We arrived in the city after 4 or 5 hours and plugged in the address of the AirBNB we were staying at. The place sounded fun, advertised as an urban farm with ducks, chickens, fresh eggs, and good company. We arrived not quite sure what to make of it. We must have been in the worst neighborhood in SLC (who knew they had those?) We walked in with the code given to us and were pointed to our room. It reminded us a bit o of being back in college (ok a lot) with handmade ‘furniture’ and clutter all over. Our room was clean and quiet enough, plus it was just one night, so we unpacked and went to find dinner.
At dinner we texted Kyle Dempster, the climber who made the video about his bike/climbing trip he took to Kyrgyzstan (Link to video) and lived in SLC, to see if he could meet that evening or tomorrow morning. He was available to meet the next morning, and we met him at Higher Ground, the coffee shop he co-owned. Kyle was the first person we met who had actually been to Kyrgyzstan, and it was awesome talking him and learning what his experience was like. He had great info for us and he also mentioned he would be returning to Kyrgyzstan later in September, perhaps we’d meet again.
After coffee we drove to Boise to stay with Eric’s longtime family friends, Larry and Sandi. We had last stayed with them on a previous road trip, and we knew it would be a nice evening (likely involving wine.) Sandi cooked us a nice meal, Eric enviously examined Larry’s new Corvette, and much wine was enjoyed. We’ve been so fortunate to have friends and family we’ve been able to stay with. Not only is it fun to have a bit of a farewell tour saying goodbye to people we won’t see for a couple years, but it’s great to get out of the hotel/camping routine and stay in a home.
We had a delicious breakfast the next morning and settled in for the drive home. We hoped to stop by the Tri-Cities to see a friend of Eric’s, but we were running low on time and had a growing list of items we had to take care of back home. We pressed on and made it home safe and sound. It was an awesome vacation. It was a bit crazy to think this was just the first half.
Miles Driven –
- Miles Walked, hiked and climbed – 134
- States Visited – 8
- National Parks visited – 9
- Speeding Tickets – 0!