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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ogden, Utah

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. and I are volunteering for the U.S. Forest Service.  This morning, we had our meeting with Joanna, the Volunteer Coordinator in Ogden, Utah. I will write much more about this in the next few days.

Ogden is approximately 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake (which we have not yet seen on this trip so far) and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.

A very pleasant drive on I-15 North took us to the Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden. I was looking forward to visiting this city as I remember that in 2010, Forbes rated the Ogden-Clearfield area as the 6th best place to raise a family.

Joanna's office is located in this federal building and after the required ID and bag checks, we had an excellent first meeting with her.

The Historical 25th Street began with the opening of Union Station. J.J. and I walked the entire length of 3 blocks lined with retail shops, cafe, bakery, restaurants and galleries. We even passed a sushi shop and a yoga studio.

However, what caught our eyes were life-sized fiberglass horse statue arts that were created for the 75th Pioneer Days celebrating Utah's statehood.

Each sponsors logo, colors are prominent as in this case, Coca Cola Bottling Company.

More views of the 25th Street

The original Union Station Depot was destroyed by fire in 1923. We skipped checking out the restaurant and gift shop as the Dark Sky app alerted us of coming rain.

By the time we started to think of lunch, rain was falling steadily. We decided on Chinese food take-out and enjoyed it in the comfort of our RV home.

Tonight, we are back at the RV park in Layton.

A cement pad is perfect place for me to practice my juggling and yoga.

J.J. is busy studying the maps and the list of national forest sites Joanna provided us. We are eager and excited to begin our volunteer work.

Aloha -- Cathi