Dear readers: strap on your seatbelts, we're going for a ride! Skiing? Check. Flying? Check. Delectable eats? Check. Retail therapy? Check. Family time? Check. Our getaway in Idaho and Utah was delightful in every way you can imagine. Come take a look!
We drove to Idaho Falls to visit #1 Son, and the temperature gauge never exceeded 5 degrees F. He met us at his apartment, and his pride was evident as he showed us the new digs. We delivered a few more boxes and other possessions, which we could not squeeze into either vehicle during the original move (see January 23 post), and then we headed out for dinner. He was excited to share one of his favorite restaurants, The Cuban Table. And he warned Spousal Unit: "Don't even get out your wallet!"
December 2020, recounting our previous Utah road trip. On that occasion, we were not able to enter this fine needlework store due to the pandemic. So, just like a kid that is only allowed to look at candy through a shop window, my anticipation was at a fever pitch. And, I was not disappointed. I could have bought many more projects, but I limited myself to these four, all fairly small in size. For some time, I have wanted some "seasonal" cross-stitch that I can hang/swap out with the progression of the year, and these fit the bill perfectly.
A hot tub, margaritas and another fine meal, featuring salmon pasta, soothed aching muscles from a day on the slopes! The next day, a 15-minute drive brought us to Snowbasin, and we were treated to a view of a moose along the way. AND - Mother Nature had delivered six inches of fresh snow to the mountain overnight. Could it get any better?
That evening, Taggart's Grill, a favorite local dining establishment, gave our hostess some relief from kitchen duties. Friday night specials typically include prime rib and pot roast, and we enjoyed both of them. I felt like I was back in my Mom's dining room as I tucked into the skillet of pot roast! If you click on the picture at right, you can read about this historic location, which began as a quaint campground with a pet Bobcat, and developed into a restaurant famous for its individual cheesecakes, pies, cookies, coconut macaroons and carrot cake.
The next day, we took a break from skiing. My sister-in-law went to Salt Lake City airport to collect my niece, and my brother took me flying in his newly acquired airplane! I have flown with him a number of other times, mostly in a sailplane. The new plane has the advantage of an engine (!), which allows options such as flying close to interesting land features, including this canyon with red rocks.
In the afternoon, my brother flew with Spousal Unit. Since my dear hubby has been taking flying lessons and is nearing his solo flight, my brother had him take the left-hand seat - most of the instruments are there and that is typically the seat of the "pilot". Below is a video of the plane on take-off.
During the flight, Spousal Unit performed three rolls! With my brother at the helm, he also experienced a backwards loop, practice stalls and more rolls. Needless to say, he was over the moon!
Salt Lake City was the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and Snowbasin was chosen as the venue for the men's and women's downhill, super G and combined races. The Allen Peak tram takes intrepid skiers to the starting point for the downhill races. (Fortunately, you can also take the tram back down if you change your mind!) In the collage below, Spousal Unit and I are standing to one side of the tram with a vista spread behind us. The hut in the second picture is the starting point for the men's downhill. My brother told us that he once sped down the course as quickly as he could, finishing in about 5 minutes. The winning time in the 2002 Olympics was 1:39.13!!!!
We returned on the tram owing to rocky conditions at the summit, but not before catching a glimpse of the (disappearing) Great Salt Lake to the west.
Snowbasin has two gondolas, and something about watching them pass before a massive mountain appeals to the romantic in me.
One of the first dates I had with Spousal Unit (before he was Spousal Unit) was to a ski resort in Scotland - Aviemore. He had never skied before, and spent most of the time on his bum. That, together with his strong dislike for ski boots, probably explains why he is now a snowboarder. But we still enjoy skiing/riding together!
New World Distillery in Eden. Unfortunately, the Distillery is not offering tastings and tours at the moment, but the owner took the time to review the products. I opted for the Apple Brandy - he suggested that it is a perfect base for a Sangria, and referred us to liquor.com for recipes. I will have to wait until after Lent to try it since I have decided to give up all alcohol until Easter!
Our next destination was the Rainbow Gardens Gift Shop. It is the ideal place for a unique gift, and delightful for people who like gourmet goodies, kitchen essentials, gardening items, candles, soaps, toys and fashions, not to mention a full line of Vera Bradley handbags and travel accessories. I can't show you everything I bought because some of the items were gifts, but I can share three of their spectacular window displays, and the new garden flag that is already hanging outside!
After returning to the house, several pleasurable hours were spent cross-stitching and chatting with my sister-in-law. In fact, quite a bit of progress was made on #1 Daughter's adult Christmas stocking on this trip - in the car, while in conversation and during various TV programs that we watched as a group. It was one of many blessings of this getaway. On our way back to Montana, we met up with #1 Son for another meal, this time at an Indian restaurant. It wasn't too difficult to say good-bye since we will see him again in 78 days - in Grand Cayman. But that's another getaway and another post!
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