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Sections - Salt Lake City & Mormons | Golden Spike & Park City | Arches National Park


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We reached Golden Spike National Historic Site which marks the location where the two railroad companies competing to connect the US from coast to coast finally met on May 10, 1869 (supposedly joining 1,776 miles of track - how quaint!)


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Ok...so there were several spikes made and ceremoniously tapped since trying to drive them into anything would have flattened the soft metal. One was unknown for some time but held privately and is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. The other is in Stanford University's museum as since the university's namesake was the son of a Central Pacific executive.


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Tola and the spike


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An 1872 Transcontinental Railroad guidebook (hopefully people didn't need to often ask for directions)


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A diorama!


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A record for laying 10 miles of track in one day by Central Pacific on April 28, 1869


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Then we went out to the train shed to visit replicas of the famous two trains there on the day the spike was driven, Central Pacific's #60 (also called Jupiter) and Union Pacific #119


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Wow, a well-rounded lunch of National Park Animal Cookies and Golden Spike Water - poor National Park animals ground up into cookies...


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Fun missle site


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Nice old barn


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Next it was off to Park City, the Aspen of Utah and home to most of the SLC 2002 Winter Olympic Venues


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There's even some remnants around - but this is the last photo in Park City with my camera since parking was crazy due to the annual Sundance Film Festival we had to park somewhere in a residential neighborhood and walk to a bus stop and take the bus into the city. From there we met up with a bunch of other GE people/friends and walked around.


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Tola took this photo from a bus and that's Paris Hilton there next to the person in the green hat - it's just REALLY tough to see. She was wearing a hat with little pink pig-like ears.


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I told Tola we just passed Ben Lyons while walking around downtown Park City, she didn't know who that was but I told her to go get her photo taken. Ben reviews movies on E! and his dad has been reviewing movies forever.


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Tola and Monique from Women's Network feature Monique's Fat Chance/etc


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We're not famous, just standing in front of the blatant marketing device - which is kind of what famous people are...


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The following day I headed a couple hundred miles away with a few other friends from work to see the land of Moab, Utah. Here's a rest stop with wildlife/bear cages around the pop machines...


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Big rock, little car


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Now the rock formation kinda has an arrow built in, no need for a garish sign


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Big rock, little train


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Visit HELPER, Utah and you'll get a piece of ancient history (probably a rock...) but at least they try


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Good to have a house and a teepee backup just in case


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Pretty rock formation


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Most of the landscape was a barren desert with rock formations in the distance - peaceful but desolate


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Getting close to Moab!


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Signs of civilization


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Moab itself was a bit commercialized/touristy, but entertaining


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I'm not sure who wants a Uranium Bicycle, but you can rent one in Moab


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Colorado River between Arches National Park and Moab


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