Sunday, June 26, 2016

Day 9: Salt Lake City to Jackson, WY

After a good night's sleep in Salt Lake City, the crew loaded the bus and drove a few blocks to Temple Square. Temple Square is the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the famous broadcast, "Music and the Spoken Word." This program has been broadcast every week since July 15, 1929, making it the longest running broadcast in the world. The choir consists of 360 members and the orchestra has 110 members. Everyone is a volunteer and they rehearse an average of five hours per week. 

Once inside the Tabernacle, we took our seats in the upper balcony. Every seat in the house was full! The majority of the visitors were from out of state or from out of the country. Often times, the choir is away on tour, but we were lucky enough to see the live broadcast! It was fascinating to observe the hard work that goes into a live show, including the lighting and videography. 

A beautiful pipe organ filled the back wall of the auditorium and the grand choir and orchestra stood in its foreground. With an Emmy and Grammy Award, it wasn't a surprise that the choir sounded angelic and were perfectly synchronized.

After the service, the bus started its route to Jackson, Wyoming. Along the way, the chaperones announced the teams for the annual Ranch Volleyball Tournament. During our lunch break in Logan, Utah, the teams ventured through Walmart to find the perfect volleyball team uniform. We are excited to see the creative costumes and names for the tournament! 

In between lunch and arriving in Jackson Hole, the bus stopped at an overlook of Bear Lake. The lake is on the Utah-Idaho border, splitting the state's ownership almost in half. This natural lake is extraordinarily blue, known as the "Caribbean of the Rockies."  

The remainder of the drive was scenic, with gorgeous mountains and we followed the Snake River right into the heart of Jackson Hole. This trendy town lies in a valley amongst three national forests, and is south of the Grand Teton National Park. 

The group checked into the Antler Inn, and enjoyed a little free time in town. The crew dined at restaurants including Pinky G's Pizza and Caldera and shopped around for souvenirs. Jackson Hole is the perfect place for cute t-shirts! 

The fun in Jackson Hole has just begun. We can't wait to take the ski lift to the top of Snow King Mountian tomorrow! Check back to see how the adventure continues! 

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