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3,000 Miles and Counting

So we spent the past two days in Salt Lake City…pretty decent city though the diversity there seemed to be a bit lacking, and I don’t think that’s by pure chance. The city isn’t obviously overrun with Mormons though it is obvious the church has significant influence over the city and the state, with their many large buildings interspersed with government buildings. It’s a big city with a small town feel. Most everything in the city is within easy driving distance of downtown and many places have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the state capitol area. One of the highlights was a burger joint called Hires Big H. I had one of their tasty, signature Big H burgers with onion rings and their own specially brewed rootbeer float. Mmm, mmm, mmm… Highly recommended if you’re ever in the area!

It snowed pretty hard on our drive into town. Big, fat flakes seem to be the norm in Utah…perfect for skiing but not so much for driving, as Shanghai described. The first day we spent in SLC turned out to be really nice. We thought it would snow again that night and clear up during the day so we stayed another night and planned to hit Park Springs yesterday. I was pretty pumped to test out my new gear for the first time but it wasn’t meant to be. A nasty winter storm blew in from the west and never let up. While I was removing several inches of snow from my car yesterday morning, a guy drove up, saw me in my snowboarding clothes, and told me the highway to Park City was closed. C’est la vie…

We decided to cut our losses and escape to Arizona. But the drive was a harrowing one to say the least. It was almost total white-out conditions during most of the drive through Utah. One minivan driver in particular nearly ran me off the road twice with his/her crazy driving. And there was one steep downhill grade where my car started sliding even though I was moving at a snail’s pace. But we somehow made it down to Arizona unscathed and even opted to drive through the alternate scenic route near the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, the northern road to Grand Canyon National Park was closed for the winter so we made our way to Flagstaff. We checked out the Historic Downtown section last night…well, the bars at least. The bars were very collegey — lots of random, poorly mixed party songs, bad karaoke, and sex-on-the-floor style dancing. We’ll check out the daytime stuff today and hit the southern access to the Grand Canyon. Tonight we’ll hit Phoenix where we are eating dinner and staying with Shanghai’s friend, Jessica.

For those of you tracking where we’ll be, we’ll probably hit an Indian reservation and Lake Havasu after Phoenix. Then it’s off to San Diego and Tijuana before working our way up the Pacific Coast. Looking forward to seeing all of our Cali friends next week! BTW, I update the Flickr photos on a fairly regular basis so check em out. More updates later…

-SammyB

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  Brian wrote @ February 28th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Ah too bad you left Utah. I heard about this great steak place there where the cook the meat on a swing that rocks back and forth over the open flames. It’s at this spot called Mexican Hat, Utah at the Mexican Hat Lodge Hwy 163, Main Avenue

  eric wrote @ February 28th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

sams, i’m in vegas this weekend, swing by

  Hing wrote @ February 28th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Oh my gosh, you’re talking about food and I am salivating!!!

I’m sorry to say I cannot recall the names of some of the restaurants in Las Vegas. But some of the restaurants I liked were not necessarily hole in the wall restaurants. Nora’s on Flamingo and Jones is a great Italian restaurant, and the Station casinos (all over LV) have a small seafood bar where they make bouillabaisse, gumbo, etc. I used to always go to Palace Station Casino and the place is called the Oyster Bar. Check it out. You may have to wait a bit (it only has roughly 15-20 seats) but it was always worth it. Have fun eating!!

  Aileen wrote @ February 28th, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Next week, I’ll be around during the week near Concord…but could probably drive in and meet you guys in SF. I leave for Chicago Thursday tho….

  Jim (hires big h) wrote @ March 4th, 2007 at 7:23 pm

hey sam and sam i have been looking for hires photos on your web page. any more updates coming? hope to see them soon. thanks Jim

  Sammy B wrote @ March 5th, 2007 at 10:54 am

Hey, good to hear from you, Jim! We are a little behind on updating due to our go-go-go schedule. But we’re getting into the LA and San Fran area where we should have some time to update. Check the Flickr photos later this week.

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