Trip to Manti - Part 1 of 4
Our trip back in June to Manti to see the pageant was an eventful
one. We had never seen a pageant before. Though we've been
to all the main church historical sights, we haven't been there when
they were performing a pageant.
The Manti Pageant is perhaps one of the oldest in the church. If
you ever see it, you can tell it's old and established. The
temple is one of the 3 oldest in Utah, older even than the Salt Lake
We had the good fortune to stay at the oldest public house in town, The
Manti House Inn, but more on that later. First the trip down to
If you want to compare cameras, compare
the photos we took with our 4.2 megapixel Kodak snapshot camera (next
10 photos) with Linda's Canon 8 megapixel digital SLR (the remaining
photos). If you look closely, you can see how it's the lenses and
camera bells and whistles that make the difference, not the megapixels.
road down to Manti was through the Wasatch Mountains.
On the two-lane into town
we got our first glimpse of the temple in teh distance.
Here's a closer
view. Notice the banner stretched across the road.
The pageant is a big deal
for these people and their surrounding communities for miles.
They're been presenting this free to the public for decades. You
can tell they have it down to a fine art.
LDS Temples usually sit
on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside.
When we arrived at our
hotel we noticed guests were already pigging-out on the traditional
The temple is directly
across the street from the hotel.
As we walked around we
noticed a small craft fair nearby so we decided to go there.
It wasn't much but it was
Our hotel is called the
Manti House Inn, an historic inn that's been converted to a B&B.
~~ Here begin the photos
using Linda's Canon SLR camera ~~
We attached the wide angle lens and took some photos of the room.
The bathroom was
fun. There was a long tub on legs and a stand alone
lavatory. Everything was old fashioned looking. Cool!
In this last view of our
whole room, you can get the feel of the antique colors and decor.
There were books to read
on the dresser. My favorite was a journal or diary placed there
for the guests. More on that later.
Looking through the
blinds revealed a great view of the temple on the hill across the
Here's what I mean by the
reading material. In one book was an excellent history of the
place we stayed at. That's why I keep calling it a hotel instead
of a B&B. It was a hotel originally.
And here's the guest
journal I mentioned. We enjoyed reading the entries. There
have been many newlyweds who stayed here.
Snacks were at the end of
the hallway for just 50 cents each paid by the honor system.
Drinks for a dollar were in a small refrigerator behind the cabinet
door to the left of the snack table. These came in really handy
late at night. The management didn't miss a trick.
We had to sneek a peek at
the bridal suite. Here's the bedroom.
We entered the room like
clandestine spies on a secret mission. The bathroom was around
the corner. There was also a private staircase for private entry.
Here's the main staircase
leading to our upstairs bedroom. Downstairs was the kitchen,
small gift shop, and two huge dining rooms for guests and banquets.
The main entrance is at
the bottom of the staircase.
Of course the place is on
the historic sights registery.
I went out near the
street to take more photos of the hotel and the temple grounds across
From the corner you can
really see the majesty of this little place. Wouldn't you love to
own a home like this?
The decor on the outside
matched the inside with all the antiques setting the tone.
An oversized gazebo is
just the ticket for large wedding parties to have a nice reception
My aunt was an antique
dealer. She once had an old bath tub like this one.
This is what caught my
eye the most. I love old buggies and in the desert I expect this
one will be around quite a few years more.
A rock lined pond
separated the old buggy from this monstrous rose bush.
Here's the pond.
Side streets looked
almost barren waiting on the pageant crowds to appear.
As I stolled toward the
temple down the flag-lined avenue, I noticed the statue of a familiar
figure in the distance.
It's the angel Moroni
(pronouced mow-ROW-nigh) carrying the gold plates.
Nearby, a plaque
explained the angel's importance to the visitors.
Further on down the
street I saw this pretty flower bed and plaque at the back side of the
temple. It may be hard to tell, but this is actually the back end
of the temple. The front end is slightly taller and faces east
like most LDS temples, even though this one faces directly into the
side of a cliff.
As the sun was going
down, this photo presented itself. Notice the east spire (on the
right) is slightly taller. The trees cover up the ground
level. From another vantage point later that day we could clearly
see the cliff face at the east end.
By this time it was
nightfall and street lights were coming on.
We captured one final
photo of the temple before the pageant.
On the next page you'll see the crowds
begin to gather. You'll also see more of what this town looks
like during the pageant.
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