Visits with Vicki

Our dear friend Vicki also joined us for a week. After picking her up at SLC airport, we lunched at Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen and then visited the fantastic Tracy Aviary.

The next day we drove down to Heber City for a three hour train ride on the historic Heber Valley Railroad. The line connects Heber City and Provo and was historically used to transport sheep in the late 19th century. The narrow twisting canyon made the trip so slow people began to talk of the train just “creeping,” which is why it was nicknamed the Heber Creeper.

On Thursday the kids wanted to take Nana and Vicki to Bloods Lake, so we spent a good chunk of the day enjoying that hike.

Wood really does float!

And the next day Jim and I had a day to ourselves to hike to Lake Blanche, a 5.6 mile, 2800’ elevation gain hike near the Solitude ski resort.

Enjoying the view as we head upward
Where did the trail go?
Moose sighting
We made it (but now we have to go back down)
Lake Blanche

We had a large dinner at Baan Thai Cuisine and Bar afterward to recharge.

Of course, we had to take some slow days too. We’ve enjoyed board games and watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There are also lots of various projects in the works, including Evelyn’s flag and falcon costume. Thankfully Vicki was here to provide guidance!

Nana and I also enjoyed a break at a nearby spa, and, Sunday after church, the girls enjoyed an afternoon on the town. We checked out Market Day in Old Town, shopped about town, and had dinner at the Twisted Fern.

Market Day
One of two authentic Banksy’s in Park City

The next day we spent a few hours paddle boarding in the morning and then had dinner in Midway before checking out the Sundance Loop.

Collecting “seaweed”
Dinner at Lola’s Street Kitchen

On the road to Sundance, we stopped at Cascade Springs for a brief hike. It was so cool!

Most of the drive was through aspen forest with huge views of mountains. Sundance was very full, so we didn’t actually walk around the small town.

My mother and Vicki both headed back to Austin, and we plan to take a few slow days before our next guest arrives on Friday. It was a fun week!

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