Oohs, ahhhs, and amazed gapes

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…

Park City and Food

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…

Weekend in/near Wasatch

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…

Poppy Cake

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.

2011 climbing trip … number 1?

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…

Another end…

…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…