I think it’s almost safe to say that spring has arrived, but before we get too comfortable with it, I want to remember a snowy morning in January (now that I’m all done blogging about EuroAdventure 2012). I was feeling some cabin fever from being cooped up sick all week.
Even though because it had snowed the entire night, I knew there’d be some pretty pictures, so I bundled up tight and headed downtown. It was quite blustery still, and at first I wasn’t sure it would be worth it. But then I warmed up from brisk walking and started to see the beauty around me.
And since no one else was out and about, I had plenty of time to observe all the fine details and cute shops along Main Street.
Then I walked a block over to State Street because I wanted photos of the Eagle Gate. I’ve been a little obsessed with it lately. I just find it so stunning. This gate was erected in 1963, but an eagle gate has existed for over 150 years, ever since the pioneers first came to the Salt Lake Valley. It’s been widened and moved a few times, and the original eagle on top (perched on a beehive, the state symbol) was replaced with copper (the original is in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum). But because it’s right int he middle of a buys intersection, it’s always been really hard to photograph (also, I just hate those traffic lights right in the way!). But on a snowy day when few people are out, it’s easy to quickly pause in the middle of the road for a snapshot.
And then there are the Beehive House and the Lion House, where Brigham Young and several other prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once lived. I have always loved them. (You probably know that since I often post pictures of them.)
And from there, it was a snowy walk to Temple Square.
The only other people I saw were sister missionaries, one small group of tourists, and other photographers. That seemed about right. It started snowing again, though, and I was ready to head back to my warm house, so I walked back up Main Street.
I almost didn’t make it out of my parking spot, though, because the roads were so slick. Eventually, with some smooth maneuvering, I was able to back up. I have to say that even though I kind of like those snowy mornings, I am so happy it’s almost spring.