Coasting with Culture: Brigham City


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Coasting with Culture: Brigham City

After we finished with the Golden Spike Historic site, we were hungry. We ended up driving into Brigham City for lunch.




This was a cool theater sign, and it was showing current movies.


We ended up choosing a place to eat called Idle Isle Cafe, which according to the menu is the 3rd oldest restaurant in Utah. It was a place that had small town charm, and for the most part the food was OK. Would I have liked it to be a little warmer, and some things not dry yes, but overall it was good. (also never realized fry sauce is thing out here).










After lunch we decided to walk around town a little bit.


Apparently, around there if you want to cross the street and feel safe doing so, you hold the flag with you. Gary just picked up the flag so we could see what the sign said, and we had cars stopped both ways, so we crossed the street.




I found another library! How I wish some of them would have been open so I could have checked them out!


Next up we drove into downtown Salt Lake City to visit Temple Square.

Coasting with Culture: Day 1 Golden Spike National Historic Site Part 2


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So after we were done watching the reenactment it was time to head onwards to the east trail that one of the employees told us about. She said the views were breathtaking and she was absolutely right.

Once we found the turn-off for the East trail (the West trail was closed due to cows crossing the roadway or so we were told).

But as we drove along we got to see views like this:


And this:


A little bit of history about the Chinese Arch:




Again, the views were just awesome to look at. The clouds in the sky having shadows on the mountains, where the lake used to be, just everything looked beautiful. It was also just calming to be standing around looking at everything as well.



Here you can see Gary taking a picture from the bottom of the arch to the top, where the rest of the group was standing.






The only wild animal we really saw on the trip. (And by wild I mean out in nature, because we did see wild animals at Yellowstone Bear World).




Here looks to be some sort of nest around the arch.


After the arch, we continued on the trail. This rock to us looked like a T-Rex head.


Next up was the Big Fill Trail. This was a walking trail. We didn’t complete the trail as we weren’t prepared for walking, but we all walked a little ways, and saw some nice views. (Gary, Andrew, and Brittany walked the furthest so they saw the most of the trail.)







Next up is a smaller post of lunch in downtown Brigham City!

Coasting with Culture: Day 1 Golden Spike National Historic Site Part 1


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Golden Spike National Historic Site is being broken up into two posts, one at the visitor’s center where they hold the reenactments of the union of the transcontinental railroad and the other post is the little driving and walking tours around the area. Here’s the website to the site if you ever want to make a trip out there.


The sign greets you with bright colors, and it really stands out as the whole location is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. But for the middle of nowhere, the views are absolutely stunning. Once we got to the Visitor’s Center we see the location is called Promontory and is 4,905 feet above sea level.


Here’s where the east meets west. Not knowing when I took the picture, if you see closely the railroad ties are two different sizes because each railroad company used different ones.


Here’s the Jupiter which came from the Central Pacific Railroad, the Jupiter is wood powered steam engine.



Both of these engines are replicas of the ones that participated in the big day, but the detail and the color of both engines was fabulous.

The plaque about Engine 119.


Engine 119 is a coal powered steam engine, and you could tell the difference by the color of the steam output.







They also had a reenactment of the whole ceremony that took place in 1869 showing the last ceremonial spikes being driven into the ground.



Don’t worry, members of our group like to have fun, we call this where east meets west 😉


Lastly, a picture with the reenactors.


Next up: The rest of the Golden Spike National Historic Site and the Chinese Arches, and the Big Fill Trail, and lunch in Brigham City.

Coasting with Culture: Arrival Day


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Arrival Day:

The day started off with an extremely early flight out to Salt Lake City via Denver. So being there super early I did get to see this awesome sunrise.


Then, after boarding the plane and before takeoff a rainbow appeared. I like to think that was my gram telling me to have a good trip, which I did.


The flight was slightly delayed due to some mechanical issues, I’m not surprised as it seems like almost every flight I get on has an issue of some sort, but I wasn’t delayed too long and had plenty of time to make my connection in Denver, which also included a breakfast break.




The flight from Denver to Salt Lake City was gorgeous. Most of the flight was through the mountains. I tried to read because it’s what I like to do on flights, but I spent most of the flight just staring out the window.



Once I arrived, I met up with the rest of the group and then it was off to Park City to get our first Alpine Coaster of the trip. On the way over we saw the ski jumps used when the Olympics were in Salt Lake City.


Also being the nerd I am, I spotted libraries throughout the trip. This was the first i saw.

Arriving at Park City, we made our way to the ticket booth, and got ready to ride. What a fun mountain coaster and a great way to start the trip.


Yes, I made the height requirement, 😛






After Park City, we headed towards Snowbird resort to try their mountain coaster. We didn’t know at the time, that they had a major snowfall, about a week before we came, so instead of opening their summer activities they were still skiing!

So we may not have ridden a coaster there, but we got to play with snow and saw some awesome views on the way down the mountain.






Boo, no mountain coaster!



Next up, tourmaster Gary found us a kiddie credit that had been SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) for a while, and it was now operating again. They allowed adults to ride, so our “mystery” stop of the trip was to Seven Peaks Fun Center in Lehi, Utah. It was your standard center, having arcade games, outdoor rides, and a mini bowling area.





To round out our day, we noticed there was an In-N-Out burger on the way back to the hotel. Being an East Coaster, I’ve not had the pleasure of enjoying In-N-Out before. So it was decided our “no chain meals” vow could be broken for this.

My verdict? I loved it. (The chains I have near me are Shake Shack, and Five Guys). I cannot say which I love more, because at any moment each has something I like (and the fact that In-N-Out is only out West, I have to go to Shake Shack or Five Guys.)




With that, ends our arrival day to Salt Lake City. Next up on our tour was Golden Spike National Historical Site, lunch in Brigham City, and wandering around Temple Square.

Tackling the TBR Pile 06




Hello all, I know it’s just under a month since my last post. I spent a few of those weeks under the weather (allergies turned sinus/upper respiratory stuff). But I still have books and I’m here to share them.

So let’s take a look at what’s on my pile. (I’ve also added a few not pictured.)


What I'm reading 4-13-17 What I'm reading 4-13-17

First off,

I finished Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic.  I enjoyed it. I need to get my hands on her other autobiographies.

I also finished Cavemice: Don’t Wake the Dinosaur! by Geronimo Stilton. (Cute book and series for kids, loved that certain words were colored and different sizes. Seems like it would be a great book for reading out loud.)

Next is Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal, I didn’t finish it, but I saw it as a daily deal in my ebook alerts one day, so I purchased it and will come back to it some day.

Now on to everything else!

  1. Judgmental Maps by Trent Gillaspie (looked fun and not pictured)
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (wanted to read for a while, finally borrowed it)
  3. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss (saw this returned at the library after Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I had never seen it before so I checked it out)
  4. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima (trying to be more diverse, one of the characters in this manga/graphic novel is deaf and bullied.)
  5. Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Would you believe I’ve never read a Nancy Drew story? I’m fixing that).
  6. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (It sounded interesting when I read the back cover)
  7. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer (Again sounded interesting)
  8. Echoes of Sherlock Holmes by Various (Had this one out for a while, still need to finish it)
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis et. al. (Gearing up for the new movie to come out.)
  10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (I started it, but I can’t get into it. Yet I keep hearing rave reviews for it. Does it get better? This one I’ll have to end up re-getting out because there are holds on it.)
  11. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  12. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne idea by J.K Rowling (I know I need to purchase this because I have all the other Harry Potter books, but it was sitting there waiting to be shelved so it ended up coming home with me.)
  13. The Daily Show: Oral History (I’m not reading it yet, my parents are)
  14. A cookbook based on foods of the farmers market, its in the kitchen right now, I’ll get the name of it for my next post.
  15. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  16. Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
  17. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

So that’s my pile. It keeps growing. I have a bunch of books due on Monday, but I’ll probably end up renewing most. I will get these read. I just need to stop taking more out.

That’s what I’m tackling right now. What are you reading?


PS- This past week was National Library Week, so do me a favor go out and support your library!

What I’ve Been Reading


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I figured I shouldn’t update my tackling the TBR pile post because it hasn’t changed since last week. But I can say I have eliminated a lot on the digital pile as those books were due later today.

I successfully read all the Magic Tree House books on the list, I only have to renew the Meg Cabot book and the Judy Blume eBook.

I also read Jacky Ha-Ha today as well so that can go back to the library. I renewed my other book that was due tomorrow.

I’m glad this was a lazy weekend of reading and not doing much. While I don’t feel super productive, I am glad I did finish a lot of the books I borrowed. Once I’m done with all my books, I’ll end up working on these massive book piles I have in the house. 🙂

I’ve also upped my book list by 10 to 35 this year. I know I can do more, but I’ll keep upping it by 10 until I don’t feel comfortable with the tally.

So how many books do you think I can read this year?

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Tackling the TBR Pile 05


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I know, I know. I’m late with this post. But I figured since most of the east coast had a snow day I could write up what I’ve been reading.

TBR piles

Book wise, still the same books as previously.  Though I did add in a few more. I’ve been going through trying to get my hands on a variety of stuff. Working in the library, I love seeing patterns of books being checked out.  So I have out now in book form:

  1. Cavemice: Don’t Wake the Dinosaur by Geronimo Stilton (saw this series being checked out quite a bit for kids, wanted to see why they are liking it).
  2. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (I’ll get to it, eventually.)
  3. Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
  4. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  7. Star Wars Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
  8. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  9. Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon by Various

TBR piles

Then I also realized I could get ebooks from the library. (I had previously but hadn’t done it in a while. I have always wanted to finish the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne so there are plenty available from my library. So I have a few of those, and that Meg Cabot book. I also have a Judy blume book, but haven’t downloaded it. The book that is next to the Meg Cabot book, I have no idea where I got that from, it was just in my Kindle App so I probably ended up grabbing it for free off amazon.

I’ve also read three of the Magic Tree House books already.

So this is what I’m tackling probably the next two weeks. I just need to stop borrowing books from the library first so I can catch up.

Tackling the TBR Pile 04


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Hey, it’s that time again!  Time to tackle that TBR pile. You will notice quite a bit is similar to the pile from last week. But I did end up reading the James Patterson’s Bookshots book in a couple hours and that was the only book I finished.

Tackling the TBR 3.3.17


  1. Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson
  2. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  3. Easy as Pi by Jamie Buchan
  4. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (this is the one I’m working on this week. It’s a short book, but I read a bit and stop to go, oh damn she actually went through this/did this).
  5. Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka (Not gonna lie, the cover of Finn, Rey, and Poe had be sold).
  6. It A’int so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas


  1. Bookshots: The Mating Season by Laurie Horowitz (Every so often you need a nice mindless, predictable story to read).

So as the pic says, I’m busy. Hopefully this week I’ll be finishing up a book or two and getting them back at the library. Then I can see what else I can start borrowing (or heck read the books in my room!)


Tackling the TBR Pile 03


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New week new post!

Now that I’m working in a library, my wanting to read has finally kicked in. But now I want to check out *all* the books. So far I read 2 out of the 5 I have out.

So far this year: I’ve read 4/25 for my goal. If I find that I’m reading a lot more, I’ll most likely up that goal.


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What I’ve read so far (Yes, there are 3 pictured, I finished book 4 when I was procrastinating on writing this).

  1. Unshelved Book 12: Overdue by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barnes, and Chris Hallbeck
  2. Young Scrooge by R.L. Stine (I was going to write a review, but then I’d have to admit how much I hated the kid being a bully and that I don’t think he learned his lesson at all unlike a Christmas Carol where Scrooge definitely learns something).
  3. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (love, love, loved this)
  4. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Mostly loved, a couple parts I didn’t like).

Now onto what is still on my TBR Pile.


TBR Pile 2.25.17

  1. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
  2. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  3. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  4. Easy as Pi by Jamie Buchan (This one is one of those random facts and stuff, that I’m probably just going to pick up when I want to read a little bit but not be invested in a story.)

What I’ve learned from this, I need to start picking up some of the books I own and start reading them as well. I need to make a ratio of maybe one library book and one book I own to read at a time. But I’m getting back into reading and Semi-Regularly blogging so right now I’m calling it a win-win.

(Now if I could be motivated to de-clutter my emails!)