We drove down on Tuesday the 30th and our first stop was at the temple. It was so cool to be able to go inside! I've always dreamed of going on vacations and attending temples and now it's possible!
We came out in the dark and it was fun to see all the lights! They had a manger scene too! That night we went to dinner at Chili's and then got together with one of my fave girls from Interior Design, Hayley and her hubby Ben! We had a great time chatting it up and meeting each other's hubbies and all that good stuff.
The next morning we went to the Tabernacle. It totally looks like a church in Boston to me.
We had a great tour and learned about this freestanding spiral staircase that could be removed from the building and stand straight up in the street! The Nauvoo Temple has one that is like 5 stories high though that we got to walk down after being sealed... I think it beats it. :)
Here is a close up of the chandelier. It's made exactly like the original. Can you spot the S at very top and the G under the lamps? S G for St. George. Way cool.
Here is his original bed and cane!
Then we went back to the temple and saw a few really awesome movies that I would highly suggest to those who have the opportunity. Then we went to Jacob Hamblin's, Mr. Indian Friend, home.
Do you recognize it from any movie? The High School Musical fans will recognize that it's exactly where #2 was filmed.
We climbed a "Cinder Cone" which is like an old volcano or something. We couldn't find any signage so we just picked the tallest volcanoish thing and climbed it. :)
I'm not sure that it was worth it, but it's all good. :) We can still say we were idiots and did it! Here is us climbing/sliding back down. You can see how dirty and wet I was in after it was over in the above picture.
We probably should have taken a hint from how muddy it was when we left the car at the side of the road, but a bit of mud, snow, and lava rocks won't slow us down!
For some reason we thought places would be open on New Years but we were wrong. EVERYthing was closed. Except Subway and we got in there at 7:25 and it closed at 7:30! Since everything was closed after that we just chilled and watched "Emperor's New Groove." CLASSIC!
Then we went to the Las Vegas Temple!
It's SO beautiful and so much better than the strip. :) If any of you have the chance to go there, go!... the Celestial Room is AMAZING.
A huge thank you to those who blessed us on our little trip and saved us SO much money through lodging and food... mainly Mom, Aliese, and Hayley. THANKS.