Quick 'Jaunt' to Utah and Back!
550 miles each way!
(Are we crazy??)
So....back in April Rick discovered that the rock band Boston and the Doobie Brothers were playing a double-header concert in Salt Lake City. At the time, this was the furthest west Boston was traveling. (We now know they are coming to Boise in September, but we'll be gone anyway!) We booked four tickets (not that I am that big a fan, but I wasn't going to miss out on a family outing!) and gave them to the boys for their birthdays. Finally, spring turned to summer, and in a summer of surprises and change, this was ONE DATE we weren't going to miss!!!
|Sunrise over Boise - eerie!|
We arose at 4am on Tuesday morning, picked Luke up at 4:30am, and hit the road for SLC. We decided to drive maybe an hour more to avoid the traffic of the 100 mile stretch from Ogden to Provo. Our hotel is about 20 miles west of town off I-80, at the Tooele exit, so it made some sense to take the longer way through Wells and across the salt flats. Besides, Luke had never driven that way!
We hit rush hour traffic in Boise, but only had to stop a couple times. By 7:45 MT, we were through Boise and heading East!! (Time change!) Rick drove to the rest area just east of town where I took over driving. A stop in Mountain Home for gas. We veered from the interstate to take Hwy 30 backroads to the cutoff south of Twin Falls - through Buhl, etc. Nice because it gives you the chance to SEE the thousands of waterfalls tumbling from the edge of the Snake River canyon. You never see that from the freeway.
|Metaphor: Tree of Utah Sculpture|
We pulled into Toelle around 2:45pm, surrounded by obvious rainstorms, but nothing ON US so far! Jed arrived at 3:15!
|Does this portend a dissertation|
done by October???
|Amphitheater prior to show|
|Rainbow during the Doobie Brothers|
There was about a half hour break between the Doobies and Boston. Good thing because the line at the bathrooms was LONG. Fortunately we got there early and didn't have to wait for our turn.
|Waiting for Boston to start!|
Back to the hotel by 11:40....this has been a long day! Jed and Luke got started shortly after trying to boot up the new little computer Luke received from Davis - it has to run Linux and Jed was working on that. I think I finally fell asleep around 1:30am. It has been awhile since I have stayed up - without nap - for 21 1/2 hours!
We are up again between 7 and 8. The hotel serves a full hot breakfast of choices and we all eat together. Blueberry waffles, egg omelets, bacon, etc. Good!
At 9:15am, we part company. Jed heads south on I-80 and I-15 back to New Mexico, and we head east. I opted to drive first which proved to be very smart. Easy sailing across the desert. We stop in Wells to switch drivers and Rick takes over. Rick drove almost the entire time in rainstorm after rainstorm. Heavy rainfall! I felt bad for him, but sure glad it wasn't me! Especially since that entire stretch is two-lane! We stopped in Buhl for a quick bite to eat at McDonalds, and then again at the Pilot in Mountain Home to gas up. Luke took us home from Mountain Home. (No more rain then!)
A crazy two days of driving over a thousand miles, but a fun family meeting!! And Rick needs a Boston 'FIX' every now and then!
Rick sums it all up:
"Thousand miles, five hundred dollars, incredible concert, family time - PRICELESS!"
|Panorama of the Amphitheater area|
|Prior to start of concert - the 'windows' for Boston's space ship|
|Listening to The Doobie Brothers|
|We were right on the curve of the airport approach - no noise though!|
This is a weird closeup shot of the plane passing the rainbow!
|As the skies cleared the sun danced on the clouds that remained!|
|Looking out the spaceship windows as the terrain flashes past!|
|A midnight snack and conversation after the concert is over.|