Friday, January 15, 2016

RootsTech for First-timers; A Caution About Those Streets

Updated post!

I have been reading about many Facebook friends
who will be attending RootsTech for the first time this year.

As someone who is Ohio born and bred, 
I am reposting this blogpost from a couple of years ago
so you can prepare yourself.

Salt Lake City is beautiful!
This was taken last year when we stepped out the front door of my sister-in-law's home.
There wasn't much snow during RootsTech2015.

We had lunch at the Garden Restaurant, located at the top of the Joseph Smith Building.
The Salt Lake Temple is easily the most recognized of the nearly 150 operating temples
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

However, if you're not used to high elevation, you might want to read up on altitude sickness.
I experienced it several years ago, and couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.
People twice my age were hopping of tour buses and hiking.
I felt like I was dead.
I was advised to take Dramamine, which I had never done before.
I woke up a day and a half later in one of Mr. Kerry's relatives homes.
I have no idea how I got there.
The altitude ranges from 4,210 feet above sea level to 9,410.
Drink water - lots and lots of water.

But, on to something that you may not expect in downtown Salt Lake City.
They are everywhere. 
And, sometimes I run into the same ones year after year.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is extremely benevolent in its charity.
And, it's also a believer in giving people the tools to get on their feet.
There are many programs and opportunities to help those that may be less fortunate,
so just be careful.

A final thing to note:  those Salt Lake City streets!
They are wide.  Very, very wide.
According to many LDS history books, and the book, 
 Utah Journey, Click here 
I quote the following:

Brigham Young assigned Orson Pratt and H.G. Sherwood to lay out a grid for a new city...
There were 135 blocks, each having 10 acres divided into 8 lots...

The streets were wide enough for a wagon and team to turn around, if needed."

Okay, did I make that bold enough for you?
Mr. Kerry grew up in Utah, and has often cautioned me when I'm there alone, that 
things are farther away than they seem.

We've been married 38 years and I'm still learning that.

So, for those that are not used to altitudes, 
or that may not be used to cities laid out the way Salt Lake City is,
take care of yourself by reading up 
on the above link for altitude sickness.

And, take care of your feet.  
They may get a workout like they haven't had in awhile.

It's not a time for prissy or dress-up shoes.

It's about comfort.
Just trust me.


  1. Peggy, I'm writing to thank you for your very informative Blog posts. I started reading your website and have enjoyed the journey of meeting your many ancestors and their very real and sometimes tragic life stories. I found the information so alive with historical and informative history, written in a way that I felt I was making the emotional journey with each ancestor and shed a few tears as I did so. I have been reading your blog stories for about six hours and the time went so quickly. It is now 6:47 AM PST in California, when I usually get up and out the door 1-1/2 hours ago! I now know what it was like to live in the conditions and challenges your ancestors experienced. The fortitude and courage of their pioneer life--blazing the path for those that followed your ancestors. It has encouraged me to try to begin writing my father's and his ancestors stories which had some similarities--but different.

    I am first generation Chinese and Irish/Scottish descent. My parents married when it was against the California State law (as well as some other states) in 1944. They met in Visalia, Tulare County, California, ages 18 and 16, and I finally found their marriage license when they were 19 and 17 in Plano, Texas (love the old online newspapers). My Irish Grandmother told me she helped them find a location that it was legal to marry. It is nice to have finally found a method to tell my ancestors' and family's stories! I'm so excited and inspired by your method of storytelling your family history!!! It is engaging and I couldn't stop reading! Thank you.

    1. How kind of you! I am so happy to meet another person who is so passionate about their family's history. Many times that passion is not shared with others in our family. It's nice to be able to talk with others without getting the glazed look that comes over someone's eyes that shows they're not interested.

      Thank you so much for writing tome!