July 30th, 2012: First Day on the Road (to Salt Lake City)

We [JM and myself] left California bright and early (5am) on Monday, July 30th. The car was packed and heavy with just about everything I owned. (Rather, if the car was 1/2 a length bigger; it would have fit everything I owned. As is, some things are staying in California until a later time to move each box separately.)  On one hand, it was surprising to see that all my things fit into 1.5 cars, and on the other, I realized I had tossed out so many years of useless junk and *this* was the way one should travel, nay, live!

Our first stop, with JM nodding off in the driver’s seat, was to head up the 80 (never realized how far this route actually goes — it goes ACROSS COUNTRY — up to Reno (through Davis and Sacramento). Our first rest stop was about 20 miles out of Reno. To be honest, I was surprised we made it that far without having to go pee; but I really did need to go then and couldn’t wait any longer. Note to self: Wear Shoes when peeing in the bushes.

Either way, the view (pix) was gorgeous! And here is a cute smiling JM (pix)!

We grabbed breakfast, 4 hours later, at PJ’s Restraunt and Saloon (link) in Reno, Nevada where the first text observation JM sent me was, “Everyone is big/large!” Indeed, the entire trip across the United States was a lesson on how horrible and prevalent the obesity condition is within the United States; this is something that definitely must be tackled and hopefully can be worked on while I’m in graduate school, or afterwards.

The food, while appearing delicious (as corroborated by friends via text), was alas, no bueno. Here are some pictures of the food 🙂

We both ordered Egg Benedicts: JM ordered a California Benedict, and I ordered a Denver Benedict (pix). Looks pretty good on the outside, as it does on the inside (pix)! Mmmm~ Lookin’ good…sorta…

We finally got back on the road to begin our 8 hour trek to Salt Lake City, UTAH where we would be meeting up with some DQ Redditors. (Note: DQ is a private sub-reddit community on Reddit. Reddit is an online link-aggregation community.) The drive there was absolutely beautiful. As we were driving mostly through the mountains, the scenery changes after every ridge or crest was stunning. We passed by some structure that looked like an SCP holding block (pix). [NOTE: SCP = Secure. Contain. Protect. An online wiki with tons of fun-filled listings on the WhatIfThingsExisted. Worth a checking out!] The roads were very hilly (pix), but at least we could see mountain ranges (pix).There will also be a huge thing of more HQ pictures to be posted later. Overall, the drive was uneventful (pix); and good thing too! We crossed the Nevada/Utah border around 5pm (without realizing there was a time difference change) and drove right into the vibrantly cerulean blue and vast empty whiteness of the Salt Flats (pix). With the sun setting and casting shadows on the bluffs (pix) in the distance that was SLC, a storm brewing, and winds buffeting the car we drove into the block-ish Mormon city of Salt Lake City in awe.

Our hotel, The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, was located in Downtown. We were high up and had a full view of downtown. At night, it was awesome to stand in the window  (pix) with a great view and be naked ON TOP OF THE WHOLE CITY! In terms of hotels, it was a very nice hotel with full mini-bar prep inside; well, mini-bar without the drinks portion — this is SLC, afterall. We had 2 Queen sized beds in our room; one designated for playing in (pix), the other for sleeping. Hehehe.

I felt rather awkward about even having sex — no we didn’t have sex — because well, we’re in Mormon country!! Iono, just felt like it’d be weird, y’know? Hahah~ Around 730pm, we hurried to get ready to meet our friends for the first time at Red Iguana (link). The walk there was awesome; SLC has, painted to the roads at every corner, a cute lil’ thing telling pedestrians to Look (pix)! They also have a very good bike system with a separate light for bikers! dtyt would enjoy that! 😀

According to Yelp reviews, Red Iguana (link: Yelp)  is the best place for Mexcian Food this side of the mountains! And holy shit, IT WAS! It was MistaWrek’s idea originally to go, and it completely blew our minds away! 🙂 It was more of the Cuban Mexican food (so everything was “cleaner” and not like in So-Cal with delicious border food). We met up with MistaWrek (as aforementioned), thewalrus, and dillo (real names excluded for privacy). [food pix to be inserted] They are super awesome and so much fun! We had a great night eating, laughing, and generally making a delicious fool of ourselves! We walked out of the restaurant at 10pm and it was still 80 degrees outside!! Apparently, it is so superbly warm because the wind will blow in from the canyons that had all the heat from the daytime! Nice to know. 🙂

Thus concluded our first day.

Pictures From Dinner – 

Guacamole and Chips ; this was surprisingly some of the best guac I’ve ever had. The chips were thick and legit.

dillo’s Delicious Food Item #1 

mistawrek’s Delicious Food Item #2

thewalrus’ Delicious Food Item #3

Delicious looking Flan that the HeadChef stopped at our table so I could take a pix of!

He also dropped off another dessert for me to pix!

What a bunch of good looking peoples here! 🙂


About floatingsheep
Recently moved to Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech) for graduate school from good ol' sunny California. Wanting to share my (mis)adventures around the East Coast and in general. :D

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