Oh, Salt Lake City. Your snowy mountains entranced me and your In-N-Out Burger sent me straight into a food coma. It was my first time sinking my teeth into a delicious animal-style cheeseburger, and it was a glorious moment. Michael even bought me a t-shirt because I loved it so much. I would pay big money to see an In-N-Out pop up on the East Coast someday in the future (and by someday, I mean ASAP)!
After lunch, we drove into downtown Salt Lake City and found a parking space next to Temple Square. We walked through the grounds, admiring the gothic architecture of Salt Lake Temple and reading various informational plaques that stood outside each building. We stepped into the North Visitor Center, which provided a ton of information on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were overwhelmed with how ardently family and procreation were stressed in the temple - every corner you turned introduced a new quote, phrase, or sermon about the importance of family. Being unfamiliar with Mormonism, it was really interesting reading about their beliefs and listening to various pastors on television screens throughout the center.
We left Salt Lake City fairly quickly since our next stop, Boise, was another five hours away and we had already driven three hours that day. Although our visit was brief, I fell in love with the gorgeous Utah mountains and the fact that you could see them from every direction. Mediocre shopping centers looked more like majestic landscapes with the giant, snow-capped mountain ranges dominating every background. As always, we wished we had more time to explore, but I definitely plan on going back one day.