Sunday, December 11, 2011

What I did on my Utah Vacation

Hi!  Long time no see!  I promise to be better about this whole blogging thing, but I have a great excuse this week - I was on vacation in Salt Lake City!

My inlaws moved there a couple of years ago.  Although it's sad that we don't get to see them as often as we'd like, we do have some pretty bangin visits.

This week we:
The Jurassic Park theme wouldn't get out of my head...
Went to the amazing new Natural History Museum.  Do you know how many dinosaurs used to be in Utah?  Like, Gazillions.

 Went on a 6-mile hike around the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  We learned at the natural history museum that the valley in Salt Lake used to be, well, a lake, so the "shoreline" was about halfway up the mountains.  Pretty cool.

 Drank a lot of Polygamy Porter.  Not only does it have a fab. label, it's also quite delicious.

Why have just one?

Saw The Muppet Movie.

Went snow tubing!  We giggled for 2 hours.

Ran in 15 degree weather!  3.1 miles with my patient father-in-law.  We had a great time!  The altitude and the cold took me the rest of the day to recover from though.   The good news is that my new jacket is perfect for winter running (and long johns work pretty well under running pants.  :-) )

Skied on perfect Utah powder.  The mountain was all ours save a few snow boarders (who, thankfully, stayed out of our way)

Erin, Preston, Me, and Rosa.  We dominated up at Brighton!



Read. (I finished 5 books - that is my favorite thing about vacation - having time to finish books in one day.  One of life's little luxuries!)

 Went downtown to Temple Square to see the lights.  The Mormons go all out - it is always beautiful!

From the top of the Joseph Smith Building.

Hung out with my amazing family - I'm so blessed to become a part of the Willcox clan!

Leaving was bittersweet, but it's good to be home.

Oh, and PS, even though I thought I indulged all weekend, I must have done something right - I lost almost a full pound this week!  (and I didn't track AT ALL - which I recommend everyone take the chance to do at least one week this holiday season).

I leave you with a picture taken out of the downstairs window of my inlaw's house... 

See why it's so relaxing to spend a week there?

We are seriously blessed.


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