Monday, August 20, 2007
MapQuest and our Saturday adventures
Let me just open by saying MapQuest lies....it lies, it lies, it lies. Lucie and I went up to SLC this Saturday to see Hogle Zoo and printed out our driver-friendly map to guide us on the way....only to drive up and down the same road over and over trying to figure out where we had lost our turnoff. There were banners up around the street we were driving on proclaiming "Hogle Zoo" but nothing else. Finally I pulled into a gas station (yes, I admit I was extremely frustrated by that time!) and after filling the tank asked the cashier for directions. Well wouldn't you know it but the street we were looking for ran PARALLEL to the one we were on and the two were several blocks apart (major whoops over there MapBoys!) Re-oriented ourselves, found the Zoo and promptly started wandering around taking photogs of all the wildlife that caught our eyes. Sadly tho I find zoos rather depressing as the animals have very little room to roam and must really be bored out of their skulls. About the most animated creatures we came across were the monkeys (which Lucie and I both don't like). When all was said and done we had a good time, rode the little kiddie train ride, bought our souveniers and then poor Lucie, worn out and probably tired had to deal with me dragging her up to This Is The Place Monument (I didn't know it was right across from the zoo....been wondering where that thing was!) We didn't stay for long as it was past five but I plan to go back at another time and wander through the village. On the way home I turned off so we could drive up to the Squaw Peak lookout (hadn't been up to the top before) and admired the view....and it also gave my poor car a chance to cool off as it DEFINATELY did not like the drive up there! I must have stopped the car 3 or 4 times on the way back down to snap more pics with Lucie rolling her eyes by the end as I pulled over YET AGAIN...but she didn't complain when I then took us a couple miles farther down the road to photograph Bridal Veil Falls. We hung out there for probably 45 minutes and had some guy in a van laughing at us. We were joking about how much child abuse Lucie was going through having to hang around while I took pictures and I was replying how I'd show her child abuse as soon as I was done taking pictures. Definately a fun day, though I'd wished we'd had enough time to go to the aquarium as well....but now that's an adventure for this next Saturday.....lets hope MapQuest gets my directions right this time!