Good morning friends!
It is bright and early, and I’m looking at the gorgeous Utah mountains. I’m sad to have to leave this morning and return to reality, but oh my goodness what. a. fun. trip!
We may have only been here for a long weekend, but boy, did we make the most of it!
Kind of like when we went to Iceland…sleeping was the last on our priority list! Haha –Too many fun things to do!!
This group of girls is seriously so much fun to travel with. We’ve been friends for over 20 years!! Seriously so blessed!
So we had so many adventures. That’s kind of the theme with this group — the higher the “danger factor,” the better — like when we went snorkeling in the glacial 34 degree water, between the active tectonic plates. haha yeah…
Our first day, we went hiking on the beautiful Guardsman Pass. It was so beautiful — there were 2 breathtaking mountain lakes along the way. We stopped and had lunch at one. And then we hiked to the top! It was 10,000 feet!
Afterwards, we were pretty tired, so we stopped at the Montage, which is an exquisite resort along the way. We had beers (wine for me) and nachos! So great. Perfect after a long day.
That night, was awesome. After a quick regroup session, we went to The Wallflowers concert in City Park! It was so fun! It felt like all the locals turned up at this picturesque park, with the sun setting over the mountains. We were definitely the youngest people there by about 25 years, but hey — with this group, we have fun wherever we go!
Following the concert, we stopped at High West Distillery, with is a must visit when you go to Park City! We had craft whisky cocktails, which is their specialty, and delicious apps!
The next was our “dangerous high adventure” day, a la Iceland. We went…BOBSLEDDING! It was the coolest experience ever. It was at Olympic Park – one of the sites of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City, as well as where future Olympians train for ski jumping, bobsled etc.
But this was a CRAZY experience. Our sled went 71.8 mph! You could feel the “G’s” pushing down on your shoulders and chest and your head all of a sudden felt like 500 pounds as the sled whipped around the corners. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed as much as I did that day. I like couldn’t control the noises coming out of my mouth! Haha
The video will be up tomorrow! I can’t wait to share it with you!
Ok that night we went to this beautiful Italian restaurant on Main Street: Grappa. It is the most picturesque restaurant. In fact it was rated the most romantic restaurant in Park City of 2018! Granted I was there with my best friends and not Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome, but hey — it was amazing!
Ok — next…was one of the best days of my life. Literally. We went to the Stein Eriksen Spa. (After church of course!)
Holy Cow. It is one of the few Forbes 5 Star spas in the country. It was seriously incredible. My parents treated the four of us for my birthday. The word I would use to describe it: plush. Yummy. Luxurious.
We got massages. And let me tell ya, after a day of hiking, and that 80 mile walking pilgrimage in Spain, it felt amazing. The masseuse was like, “Wow, you really work your feet hard, don’t you?!”
It was magnificent.
But the pinnacle, was after the spa: we went to their famous Sunday Brunch.
When I tell you it is a gourmet experience, it is an understatement.
It’s a five star restaurant. And they had every type of incredible brunch option. All you can eat crab legs! And the most beautiful salads and fruit and seafood and hot entrees and an ENTIRE ROOM of just delectable desserts.
They even made me this beautiful rainbow salad of all foods that are on the Specific Carb Diet (for my Ulcerative Colitis) — it was the best meal we’ve had in a long time, if not ever. (So thank you Mom and Dad!! We had the day of our lives!)
After luxuriating at the Stein and enjoying all the amenities that come with the spa — sauna, steam rooms, jacuzzi, pool, etc — we took a leisurely stroll around Main Street.
There are so many beautiful art galleries and little boutiques. We all got matching dream catchers for like 7 bucks. A perfect little trinket to remember this trip by!
And that night we ended the trip by getting in our cozy robes, drinking white wine and watching none other than Moana! Yes – as in the Disney movie!!
Walking away from this beautiful weekend, yes we did some awesome activities and adventures that I will remember for probably the rest of my life, but more than that, I’m walking away with an intense gratitude in my heart.
Friends are truly such a blessing. And I could not be more thankful for these incredible women in my life.
There is nothing more beautiful life than friends. Honestly, I think that’s one of the big reasons why I’m still single, is that I just value my friends so much, after spending all those years in isolation, clinging to ED.
I now have an intense appreciation for those sacred bonds. Friends are worth fighting for. And worth the effort to maintain and grow those relationships.
So that’s all for tonight.
The plane literally just took off and I’m doing this via GoGo Inflight, so shoutout Delta!
Like I said, the videos will be up tomorrow and Wednesday. I took some awesome footage – including the ski jump aerial show at Olympic Park! So be on the lookout for that!
So put down the computer. Call your friend. Set up a coffee date. And remember how lucky we are to have people who love and care about us!
See ya tomorrow morning on the Podcast!
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