Karen’s narrative continues….
Monday, we got up bright and early to go to Logan, Utah to go through the Temple, there. The Temple is on a hill all by itself. Many elderly people work there – they were friendly and helpful. As we waited for the 12:45 session to begin, we ate in their cafeteria. Everything was homemade (wheat bread) and delicious. It was especially good to Jim and me because we had been eating out of restruants and drive-ins for the last week. Going through the Logan Temple was the same as the Salt Lake except we went through for someone else. However, we weren’t as nervous this time and remember much more. The rooms and paintings were a little different but just as effective. Of course, we didn’t go to the sealing room this time. There weren’t as many people going through as in the Salt Lake Temple.
After the ordinances were over and we had gone back to the lockers to get into our regular clothes, I went to wait for Jim. He had befriended one of the elder brethren there who had shown Jim the baptismal font with the twelve oxen holding the font. Two or four girls were being baptised for about 50 people each if I remember right. It was interesting. We left the Temple and went to downtown Logan and bought some postcards and left town about 4 p.m.
We drove to our next destination: Idaho Falls Temple. We went through country that had black dried branches called sagebrush all over the fields. We got to Idaho Falls about 7 p.m. We looked at the Temple all lit up. Really beautiful. We ate supper at Scotty’s Drive-in and stayed at Ray’s Motel. In the morning we had a little trouble with the car. We panicked because we didn’t want to be late for the morning session. When we got to the Temple about 10 a.m., the guide said it was closed during September for cleaning and remodeling. However, he was waiting for a group of people to come and view the movie explainging Temples in the information booth. We could stay to see that if we wanted to. So we did, and then the guide gave us a tour of the grounds telling what all the flowers were and each tree and bush. There were lovely flowers and foliage all around the Temple. They gave it a most beautiful setting. In the movie, we saw the rooms inside the Idaho Falls Temple, so we didn’t feel so bad.
We went to hunt for the Idaho Falls on the river and took pictures of it with the temple in the background. We ate at the Pancake House and then went to the drugstore to buy postcards. We left town about 1 p.m. We drove through Rexburg where Sister Rasmussen used to live and where Ricks College is. Stopped there and got Brigham Young’s portrait at a bank. Then on north to see the upper and lower Mesa Falls. They were really strong rushing falls.
We kept going north through some of Montana and into Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. We arrived there at 3:30 p.m. As we were driving along the park road, we saw some smoke going up and coming out from nowhere. As we got closer to it, we decided to investiaget. So, we stopped. By this time we realized it wasn’t smoke but steam and it was coming up all over the place now. Quite a few people were there “investigating” it. It turned out to be a regular tourist spot with a map to follow and explanations about everything. We had to stay on the boarded walkway. It would be dangerous to get off of it as it was muddy and boiling! We saw all kinds of little geysers, paint pots and a silent spring. Some of them didn’t smell too appetizing. Drove on a little ways and saw stone formations. Soon, we got to the site of Old Faithful.
Pretty soon, she was going to go off. Sure enough, as we were all waiting with our cameras, she went off at 5:05 p.m. Really a sight. She gushed up so high. Cameras went click, click, click. After Old Faithful had died down, Jim and I noticed a great big group of old buildings across the road. It was the Lodge of Old Faithful Inn. As we walked into it, we knew it surely would cost a fortune to stay in it over night. Had a high ceiling with beams showing and a fireplace with a fire blazing. It was oozing with taste and money. We found a quaint souvenir and gift shop inside the lodge and headed there. We bought some for our parents and also some postcards. We had to be on our way. As we left the lodge area, we saw bears wandering around on the road. We took pictures of them. We saw bears three different times. One jumped against the car window on my side. I wanted to roll the car window down and pet him, but Jim wouldn’t let me. This is the kind of thing you see on T.V. or other people on vacation tell you about – not something that actually happens to you.
We drove on out of Yellowstone Park and it was dark by now. We headed for Cody but realized we were missing a lot of the scenery in the dark, so we took a motel. It was called the Trail Inn in Wapiti Valley. This man had a gas station, curio shop, restaurant and motel all in one. He lived with his family in back of the restaurant. We had a quaint little motel room with everything made of wood and bright checked curtains on the windows. We had a pretty mountain outside. There were horses in the back yard. Before we went to bed Jim and I had mushroom soup.
Next… We get back home.