If you are going to be traveling to Utah here are a few travel tips that might help you along the way. Utah might as well be a foreign country to most people even those who are native to the USA. I imaging that it is the same in most areas of the US so here are a few not so serious travel tips for you.
First; Fry Sauce, this wonderful delectable treat is something everyone should try at least once. Pretty much any local or fast food restaurant (non-national chain brand) will offer you fry sauce with your fry’s. Dip them and smother them with fry sauce and munch. Don’t be shy double dipping is ok when it comes to fry sauce.
Avoid eating out at the Golden Corral or other buffet style restaurants on Friday nights, this is the night that most Mormon families go out for dinner and you do not want to get in line behind 20 families with a bunch of hungry kids. If the parking lot is filled with mini vans (or as we like to call them “Mormon Assault Vehicles”) find another place to eat.
Mormon’s are not out to get you, they are some of the most friendly and kind people around and if you need help with anything they for the most part will step up and help you out. I recall many a traveler staying at my parents home while their car’s were being repaired because they did not have money to stay in a hotel. That was however back in the good ol days, but most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will go out of their way to help those in need.
Speaking of the Mormon Church, if you are looking for a place to eat or someone gives you directions and they say “go to the Stake Center and turn” or you see a sign that says “Stake Center”, this is not a restaurant. It is a LDS meeting house and every Utahn thinks that everyone should know where and what the Stake Center is. It is just one of our things.
Road Construction; come on, every summer it is the same thing over and over, road construction. We only have a few months during the heat of the summer that we can complete that much needed road construction. So yeah pretty much you will have to slow down or wait in a long line while the construction crew does something, we are not really sure what they are doing because most are just standing around leaning on shovels.
Cursing is frowned upon here it Utah so there are a few alternatives for when you must curse, “Flip” or “Flippun”, “Oh My Heck”, “Freakin”, “Dang”, “Fetch”, or just plain “Heck” are the acceptable terms for cussin.
Here are a few words you will need to know so you can understand what others might be saying to you.
Sell = Sale
Melk = Milk
Pellow = Pillow
Crik = Creek
Ruff = Roof
Fark = Fork
Worsh + Wash
Lay’un = Layton
Moun’un = Mountain
Li’barry = Library
Yep or Yup = Yes
Yabut = Yes But
These are just a few, get them down and you will be sure to understand when a Utah’n talks at ya.
If you see a large group of people waiting at the airport holding signs that say “Welcome Home Elder” or “Returned With Honor” or even a young girl in a brides dress, do not worry they will ignore you for the most part and scream a lot when their son, daughter, or potential spouse comes into view.
Utah really is a great place to visit and make new friends. We have a lot of National Parks that you can spend days exploring and if you like to camp you will find some of the best camping around. So come visit have some fun and get ready for the experience of a life time. Who knows you may even want to come back and stay.