Vacations for me usually include at least two of the items below: An escape from the frigid Minnesota winter An escape from a frigid Minnesota winter to someplace even more snowy because winter + mountains = better and usually not as cold plus great skiing Discovery of someplace new and likely far away, to open our eyes to new cultures, ideas and foods A reunion with family, usually at … Continue reading Oohs, ahhhs, and amazed gapes
In the middle of the party, Carol – a longtime Utah resident – asked me what I most liked to do, when I visit family in Park City, which I’ve done several times now. We’ve skied, hiked, visited a farmer’s market or two, shopped ’til we dropped, checked out amazing views via automobile, and now mountain biked, all in addition to enjoying some great meals … Continue reading Park City and Food
I was bloody before I even got on the plane.
Before we headed out on our 3-day weekend visit with my brother and sister-in-law in Park City, Steve and I were both expecting something extreme. Visits with my family are almost never restful, though they are restorative, at least for me. We like to do stuff! Park City is at 7,000 ft. and it’s blessed with far more scenic trails than reasons to sit down.
Hence the humor in seeing this sticker (at left) on a flagpole, at the pinnacle of a morning hike that Laura & I did, our last day there. Continue reading “Weekend in/near Wasatch”
Wherein you go to Utah and have a weekend jam-packed with hiking, food, gorgeous mountain scenery and many fabulous/funny/rare and wonderful moments with family. You look at the pictures later, and discover a new pastry worth investigating. Even if you didn’t try it at the farmers market. Because the chorizo breakfast burrito was plenty. Continue reading Poppy Cake
There are many reasons I love visiting the desert; this image captures several of them. The spectrum of contrasts is ever stunning to me: skinny, plump, pale, deep, dead, alive, dry, wet … there’s no reason to stop looking. That said, I was way overdue for a climbing trip, and those often venture into desert lands. We decided on Moab, Utah. Why was the trip … Continue reading 2011 climbing trip … number 1?
…to a great climbing trip. Due to the present reality of air travel, we got to spend an unexpected additional 20 hours in transit, and another $200 or so in hotel and meal expenses in Grand Junction, Colorado. Poo on the recession and airlines that are finally being intelligent about their expenditures. But yay for airlines that wanted to keep us the hell away from … Continue reading Another end…