Our daughter Angela (Moment to some) has lived in Park City, UT for a
few years now. Sue and Michelle have been out there a couple of
times but I haven't. Angela was determined we were coming so she
bought us airline tickets and made a major contribution to the place we
stayed. With a deal like that, why would we resist?
Sue did a little homework looking for things to do. We knew we
wanted to look around downtown Park City. There was a train ride
in Heber, UT that looked interesting. We also wanted to check out
the summer activities at the Park City Mountain Resort.
When we arrived at
our lodging at the
we checked out the view from the second floor and there were two ski
jumps. They were the big jumps from the 2002 Olympics. That
added an activity to the trip. Not ski jumping but touring the
facility. For what its worth the place we stayed was a townhouse
and was very nice. The included hot tub wasn't bad either.
Saturday morning, we drove into town to the
Park City Mountain Resort
The resort part looked nice and is at the bottom of the mountain.
To me, the place looked huge. Spread over a few mountains.
Slalom and Super G were held here in 2002. They had
something I'd never seen before. It was an Alpine Coaster.
Basically a roller coaster that scoots back down the mountain. It
can't jump the track so nothing too much to worry about. Your car
goes to the top on a peaceful journey. When you get there, you
push both handles foreward as far as you can reach. It pretty much
flies back down the mountain through some sharp turns. Brynn rode
it with Michelle and looked a little numb. She did ride it again,
also rode the Alpine Slide. Its basically a concrete slide that
you ride a sled down. Its probably the only summer activity that
you could get hurt on. Its possible to get dumped if you aren't a
little careful. I've still got a scar on my knee from one in New
Hampshire many years ago.
We decided it was time to grab lunch. The sushi place we wanted to try was closed so
we had subs and moved on. We drove to the top of the hill where Main
Street is and parked in a free parking garage. We walked over to
Main St. and wandered down the hill. Many restaurants and an
interesting assortment of shops. We kept walking and found Main St
to be very pretty. The shops are painted a variety of colors and
create an interesting look.
We rode the trolley back to the top and picked up the car. We
could have walked (maybe) but remember that I said it was down hill
coming from the top. Not sure we'd have made it.
That was pretty much the end of Saturday. We spent the rest of the
afternoon discussing where to get dinner. It seemed our variety of
tastes caused many conflicts. It all worked out but not cheaply.
was reserved for the train ride. We decided to check out the
Provo Canyon Limited Train Ride
. We started in Heber, UT and
headed south following the river. We
also went alongside the Deer Creek Reservoir. Its a large body of
water that provides water for Salt Lake City and I assume some of the
surrounding area. Not many boats on the reservoir but there were
some kite surfers. After the reservoir, we followed the Provo
River for a ways to the turn around point. The locomotive unhooked
from the front and moved to the back. It pulled us back to Heber
from the other end of the train. The scenery was interesting but
we didn't see any wildlife.
ate lunch and decided to go for a short hike. We stopped at the
on the middle Provo River. Interesting
trail through the marshy area and cattails. The Provo River was
moving pretty fast in this stretch. Brynn was with us and seemed
to enjoy the hike and the cattails. The photo album shows this
better than I can explain it.
We closed out the day by making a trip to the Utah Olympic Park.
We wanted to see what was there and what the tour cost. It looked
really good so we made plans for the next day and headed home.
Monday was our last day in Park City. To keep Angela happy, we
slept in for a while
and had breakfast. Then it was off to the
Utah Olympic Park
. While waiting for our tour, we watched the
Freestyle Skiing Training Area. There was one American there
training. Very impressive to watch him in the air. The
Austrailians were there too but not training at that time.
first stop was at the bottom of the Nordic Ski Jump. It was
interesting from that close. It follows the lay of the land and at
no point has the jumper real far above the ground. There were two
there used in the Olympics. The K90 and K120. Not sure of
the difference unless its the meters from the top to the jump.
From here it was off to the Bobsled and Luge tracks. They have
separate starting areas but come together further down the mountain.
Obviously, they don't race at the same time. There didn't seem to
be a lot of excitement for riding the wheeled bobsled down the track.
Our guide talked about when they had astronauts there visiting.
The near 70 MPH and 4 G's was interesting to them. Michelle heard
all this and decided she needed to go. Angela and Johnny joined
her. They added a driver and off they went. The Olympic Gold
Times were 44 - 45 seconds. Their time was 63 seconds. That
isn't bad considering they didn't get much of a push and were on wheels
instead of runners on ice. The photo album gives a decent look at
there, we went to the top of the Nordic Ski Jumps. Let me assure
they look a lot different from the top. I didn't even like
standing there looking down the K120. You can see how much lower
the K90 is than the K120. We didn't get to look down it but I
imagine it looked intense too.
From here, we headed back. Angela invited friends for dinner and
they had to get started. All in all, I enjoyed the Olympic Park.
It was interesting to see the entire set up.
The trip home was uneventful. We flew into Pittsburgh for the
first time. We're used to Dulles after living in the DC area for
several years. Dulles gave us a 10 minute drive home. Flying
back to Pittsburgh gives us a 2 hours trip home.