July 5th took me first to worship at St. Mark's Cathedral and then to Utah's Hogle Zoo--a fascinating habitat for all sorts of African animals, a number of whom were rescue animals. Across from the Zoo was the Heritage Emigration Park--marking the place where Mormons first arrived in Utah in the 1800's. After a short visit and a little Utah history, I headed for Antelope Island State Park--a place that has spectacular views of the Salt Lake. Artifacts reveal prehistoric people inhabited the island more than 6,000 years ago! I saw antelope and bison roaming the island. The Great Salt Lake is 75 miles long by 28 miles wide and has no outlet and yet receives water from 4 river drainages. People were floating on top, much like one can do in the Dead Sea. I put my feet in the water in a sense bookending the Salt Lake with my time yet to come in Israel and hopefully a trip to the Dead Sea again. Back to CT tomorrow night.
With blessings and prayers,