Jun 19, 2013
Park City, Utah
It feels like forever ago that we went to Park City. May, perhaps? Yes, May. That's it. Well, I finally got my photos off my camera and started fooling around in Lightroom. I watched this tutorial on how to add a "matte" effect to your photos. This warms them up, makes them a bit flatter and gives a distinct look that I thought would help these photos since most were taken in broad daylight (i.e. crappy conditions). I tried to go subtle on this technique because (1) I'm not good at it and (2) if I want my photos to look like they've been Instagrammed, I'd just use my phone. The result: meh. But I refuse to re-edit.
So about Utah. I planned to go to Blend Retreat and Brandon wanted to come too (not to the retreat, but to Utah) since he's never been to Park City. It was a great way for me to catch up with some friends and enjoy a weekend away with my husband. Best of both worlds.
Is it just me or are the people in Utah extremely nice? We called it Mormon hospitality. Since we were visiting during the "thaw" season, the place was pretty deserted and it was a nice change of pace. Granted, a lot of the shops and restaurants closed early, if open at all, but at least we could drive around the outskirts of town.
Err, sort of. The first day, that's what we did though. Just got in the car and drove around. We found some great hiking trails, campsites, and lookouts in and around Park City and the slopes. Eventually, the temps dropped, so we opted to go to downtown and see what we could see.
The museum of Park City was free that day and we had fun learning about the history of the place. It used to be a "party town" with drinking, gambling, and girls, girls, girls. Now it's far from that with ritzy million dollar ski chalets and upscale shopping.
We had dinner at Riverhorse, which is one of the more formal restaurants in Utah, except I wore flip flops and no one batted an eye. That's why I love this place. Other reasons: live acoustic music and the food featured below.
Top to bottom, left to right: blueberry cobbler, watermelon palate cleanser, veggie potstickers, and fried chicken with gravy and kale biscuits. Yes, tasted as good as it looked.
I told you they were friendly here.
The next day, we ventured out some more, driving along back roads, Zillowing house costs, and napping in the car (just me).
Lunch time rolled around and we turned to Yelp, which lead us to a small drug store in Kamas, Utah. You read that right, a drug store. Actually a really old, hole in the wall drug store. It reminded me of home.
And tasted like home too. Homemade fries like my mom used to make, burger with lettuce, tomatoes, and ketchup and a Diet Coke. Pretty much what I'd choose for the last meal of my life. They offered to serve this with Utah Fry Sauce (combo of mayo + ketchup), but mayo makes me gag and I passed. No offense, Utah.
On Saturday, we ventured into Salt Lake City and visited Antelope Island State Park...which is, you guessed it, right in the middle of Salt Lake. It was raining all morning and being an outdoor activity, no one was on the island. Perfect.
(The view looking from Antelope Island and towards Salt Lake City.)
We stopped by a little ranch on the island where early settlers lived and worked. We toured their house, barns, and rode one of their bulls.
(This is my favorite use of the "matte effect". This is also Brandon's favorite use of his "please stop" face. Cowlicks are hot.)
I love recapping trips. It's fun to read back over them and remember the little things. For instance, I never want to forget what it's like to check into the wrong resort (Hyatt? Hilton? Why is this so hard?). Actually, scratch that. We checked into the wrong Marriott on our wedding night. No, we were not drunk...except on love and pure exhaustion.
And I will certainly remember this trip as the one when Brandon and I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to open the gas tank on our rental car (future reference, on Chevy Cruzes you have to push it in for it to pop open). The 7-11 guy had a good laugh, as did we.
Thanks for the memories, Utah!
Lodging | Hyatt Escala Resort
Attractions | Park City Museum | Antelope Island State Park
Food | Riverhorse, Park City | Hi-Mountain Drug Store, Kamas
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