Mother Nature’s White Magic

Much as it is easy to believe that they were placed here by magic, the Paria Rimrocks – Toadstool Hoodoos to friends – are formed when Dakota Sandstone boulders perch atop pedestals of softer Entrada Sandstone. As the Entrada erodes away, the harder Dakota forms a cap, and creates these unique formations.

The Toadstool Hoodoos are part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. Located between Kanab and Big Water, they are easily accessible via a trail off US 89, between mile marker 19 and 20. The hike is around 1.6 miles out-and-back with absolutely no shade.

Toadstool Hoodoos, Kanab, UT

April 23rd, 2019

Salt Lake City || The Beehive House

We walk past the Lion House first; a large residence built in 1856 by Brigham Young, second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to accommodate his extensive family. Brigham Young was a polygamist (a practice discontinued since the beginning of the 20th century) who fathered 57 children by his many wives, and was also father to a number of adopted, foster, and stepchildren. It is adjacent to his other residence, the Beehive House, built in 1854, which served as his primary residence as well as the offices for the Church and Brigham Young’s work as governor of Utah Territory.

Today, the Lion House is an event space, not open to the public for visits, but the Beehive House functions as a museum with volunteers (missionaries of the LDS church) giving free tours into the various rooms with period furniture – most of it original – and wonderful woodwork with bees, the emblem of Utah – curved everywhere.

Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018


Salt Lake City || South Visitors’ Center


A replica of Thorvaldsen’s Christus, commissioned by LDS Church ”to help visitors understand that Latter-day Saints are Christians”. A towering marble figure of 3.4-metres (11-foot) replica displayed in front of a star-studded mural. It certainly is convincing.

PS: The original Christus is displayed in Denmark’s Church of Our Lady, in Copenhagen.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018

Salt Lake City || The Temple

But, first, a view of the exterior of the grand Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the interior of which we explored yesterday, then the simple vertical lines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Church Office Building, its minimal design in contrast to its convoluted name; and, finally, the most sacred of them all, the Salt Lake Temple; a place of worship and, as such, open only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and certainly not to tourists. For the curious, there’s always the South Visitors’ Center, where a scale model of the temple and its interior is available for all to see. That’s where we’re going tomorrow. But, for now, please enjoy the views from the Temple grounds.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018


Salt Lake City || The Tabernacle

A day-and-a-half in Salt Lake City. Only a short stop, because Yellowstone may be something out of this world, but so are the Salt Flats, adding to the extraordinary natural phenomena we experienced in this part of the globe; a gift that keeps on giving. Our shoes and backpacks still white with salt, we set out to explore the city; starting, as you do, with the Temple Square and the Tabernacle for the daily 12 o’clock, 11.623 pipe organ recital, which is free and open to the public. Followed by views from the Assembly Hall, initially a place of worship, today a space mainly for recitals, lectures and tours. And a first glimpse of the Temple, the most sacred building in the city.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018