There is a group of us who went to Utah early. Just wanted to get acclimated to time zone and altitude, and see some things we won't be doing when the entire group is here. We really don't have a specific plan, just kindof hanging out.
After breakfast at the hotel, off we went exploring. First stop ... Walmart - yes, we have them in Florida, but not like this one. First it's sort of 2 story. You can park on the second level and take an escalator down into the store - which is what we did. Now, who would have thunk it but the view of the mountains was fantastic. Here's one taken from the parking lot
this one is from another angle ... you could really see almost 360 degrees around
of course the above pictures are zoomed in - this one you can see more that it's from a the roof.
the other thing the WalMart had, although not as pretty as the view, was an escalator for your shopping cart. We were trying to figure out how to get our purchase up to the top level without having to carry them and low and behold, WalMart had already figured that one out. You push your card on and up it travels while you travel on the people one. Jackie, Penny and I thought it was pretty cool.
Alright, enough on WalMart, our second destination was to track down where the Beartrap Lodge was. We figured we'd drive over just to get the lay of the land. It's about 10 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. It's one of those windy mountain roads that we don't have in Florida. First, the water is flowing - I don't know if they are creeks, or rivers, or streams, but it was coming down quite fast. I'm assuming it from the melting snow. This first pic is on the way up
Now going up, "Fred", Penny's GPS told us to stop and Beartrap was on the right - but there was nothing there. So we traveled further up the road until we came to the Silver Fork Lodge. Now SIlver Fork is a bed and breakfast and also a restaurant and the owners of the Silver Fork, also own the Beartrap.
It was time for lunch, so we decided to have soup and salad and desert while we were there. Sam, the bus boy gave us directions, and we told him that if we got lost, we'd come back and pick him up to lead us there. He was sure we'd find it but said he'd go with us if we couldn't find it.
We didn't need to go back for Sam, but we did have to make one little U-Turn. Now that we took the turn off to Beartrap, we started up the road and the current renters must all have come on their own because there were about a dozen cars parked along the should of the road (I use the term road very loosly, it was more of a dirt road, or maybe even a path). Once we got in, there was no way to turn around. There was either a car, a rock wall, or a drop off. Jackie was driving, and man I give her kudos - she was an ace at the wheel. (She, notice, I'm not saying we - it was all Jackie with Penny doing the navigation - I was covering my eyes in the backseat saying a prayer or two that we wouldn't have to call the rental car agency and report a mishap.). Jackie backed most of the way out, even up an incline, and the car wasn't responding quickly so she had to really gun it without hitting what was behind her. Then a quick 5 point turn, and we were on our way. We passed another car coming in and thought good luck. I think the bus next week will have to do some maneuvering, but it won't be quite as bad because there won't be a dozen cars strewn about.
On the way down, we stopped at one point to see a waterfall
(I don't know if that's the official term, but that's what we thought it was). We were heading back to the hotel because we knew that Barb, GA, Sonia, and Jayne were there and we thought we'd head right out to get some dinner. However ... it was almost "cookie time". At 5PM every evening the hotel puts out
cookies at the front desk. Now these are fresh baked still warm from the oven cookies and we just couldn't miss that. So we each had at least one, and some of us put some up in our hotel room for later. We were originally going to go to Log-Haven for dinner, but they didn't have reservations available until 8:45pm and we didn't want to wait that long, so we decided to try the DoDo this is a local bistro in the Sugarhouse area.
I started with a Brie cheese and Fruit appetizer
Barb had some kind of artichoke pie, and GerriAnne had sesame toasted cream cheese - we could have really stopped there, but they already had our dinner orders - the meals were huge. I had a chicken dish with pasta and a side of vegetables
the meals were delicious but way too much. I think we've decided that we will order less full meals and just share plates with each other. That way we won't eat too much and we get to taste a bit of everything. Do you think we stopped there ?? You guessed it. They had fresh baked deserts by their onsite pastry chef. I got the
Toll House Pie, which they said was like a big cookie, I thought it was going to be like those big cookie cakes you find in the mall, but it wasn't - it was really a pie that tasted like cookie dough and had a creamy texture almost like a partially cooked cookie (but in a good way). It looked rich, but it really wasn't overly sweet. Excellent - Delicious - even if I didn't really need it.
From there we just headed back to the hotel. Tomorrow is another day. Right now, we're undecided as to plan but I'm sure of one thing, we'll have a great time.