Tidewater Times November 2019

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From the Tetons to the Temple by Bonna L. Nelson

The soaring snow-capped and craggy pinnacles of the Grand Teton mountain range towered over pine forests, lush canyons, sagebrush f lats, sparkling alpine lakes‌and us. We gazed out the windows in childlike wonder as we passed under the massive white-topped mountain range and observed pronghorn and moose peacefully grazing in meadows below. The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway led us from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and the scenic Teton Park Road took us to our Teton adventure. Hiking, climbing, biking, camping, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, kayak-

ing and rafting provide immersive outdoor experiences for the nearly 3 million visitors to the Tetons a year. We had rafting on our minds. Later, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the soaring and craggy pinnacles of the gray-granite, neo-Gothic-style Salt Lake Temple towered over Temple Square and visitors like us. We gazed up at the world’s largest Mormon temple with interest and wonder from the sidewalk below. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the 10-acre Temple Square complex of buildings, gardens and fountains offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and is visited by an estimated 3 to 5 million people an-