Our trip began with an afternoon/evening in Salt Lake City. We visited Temple Square, with it's manicured gardens and water fountains and reflecting pools. We toured the new conference center, and the old tabernacle. I appreciate the new and the polished, but the rawness of the old tabernacle was more interesting to me.
Temperatures at night were in the low 30's. Kids were still thawing out as they ate their pancakes in the morning. By 9 am the sun would come up over the mountain and it would instantly warm the place. It would reach 80 degrees later in the day. Warm enough for some swimming in the lake. Sort of. The water was a chilly 50 degrees.
We did a lot of hiking and exploring. We walked an 11 mile loop around the lake, and discovered that Libby's limit is about 8 miles, but she pushed through. After that day we decided we needed a relaxing day on the beach.
Then we said farewell to the Winds, and drove back to Salt Lake City to return the trailer. That evening we visited old friends, Merrill and Jill Ballantyne and their two boys. These two grew up together, friends since nursery. It was great to see them laugh together.
Our last full day we went to Olympic Park in Park City. We did all the crazy zip lines, extreme tubing, and ropes courses.
Jer's niece Rachelle, and her husband Bryan and daughter Rylan, had us over for dessert that evening. We had a great time visiting with them, and sadly I forgot to take a picture.
That is all. We woke early and returned home to Maryland. That was Tommy's favorite part. Home buddy.
That is photo overload, and still I could not do it justice. I could not capture the stars, the colors, and the vastness. I'm filled with gratitude for this beautiful earth.