Colorful Luminaria

When it came to organizing a week in Salt Lake City during holiday time, we had help from four sources in planning: our own knowledge of the area, our daughter-in-law’s input, help from neighbors who are not Mormon but who lived in Salt Lake City for many years, and the thoughts of 4 Mormon girls who proselytize in our area and, so far, have not tried to convert us to Mormonism while helping Ruth with her gardening. They really knew the area well and helped us find different activities, like Luminaria, that was our favorite holiday activity. We would otherwise not have known about it. Ruth called about tickets and found it sold out during the entire time we were in the Salt Lake City area.

Ruth had a hard time getting tickets to Luminaria in Lehi, UT at first. Tickets were unavailable during the time we were there, but persuasive Ruth managed to convince the woman in charge of it that genuine outsiders needed to see this holiday light display. The woman called back within an hour with an offer of VIP tickets.

Lumimaria is described as “an enchanting walk through a shimmering holiday world in Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point” on Google, and it is exactly that. It attracts mostly locals who seemed enraptured by the variety of colored lights and other holiday displays seen. Miniature villages and other treats abounded. The walk was a mile through a hillside displays of varied lights after indoor fun that dazzles from 5 to 8:30 pm and beyond. This is a timed-entry experience.

Our neighbors were especially helpful about preparations for Thanksgiving dinner at Little America and elsewhere, knowing which ski resorts and gondolas were running, and we would not have known about the lavishly decorated lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building without their guidance. Our daughter-in-law was helpful about local treat attractions and other things worth doing, like the Bonneville Salt Flats and unknowable holiday activities. We would not have known, for example, about the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Ashton Gardens without her input.

Hank

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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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