Our Utah Outing

March 31, 2015

We took a quick outing to Utah for a mini spring break - and it was amazing! M & I are currently living with Jon & Caitlin, so naturally, the four of us planned this trip together. We all have the Epic Local ski passes, which includes two Utah resorts, so we decided it would be fun to try out a few new resorts!

I am slightly obsessed with Arches National Park, and none of the others had been before, so I suggested that we make a stop on the way out. Everyone was on board with the idea. In order to make the most of our days off, we decided to leave at midnight and arrive at Arches by 5:30 AM for a sunrise hike.

We arrived right on schedule, threw some headlamps on, and set off in the dark. The sun was just beginning to rise as we got to Delicate Arch and the lighting was phenomenal. Naturally, I wanted to do some sun salutations and yoga poses in the early morning light.

A little bit of sunrise yoga :) 
The lighting demanded a photo session
After we did some yoga and took a mildly inappropriate amount of photos, we set off to hike in a different area of the park. We spent several hours exploring other rock formations and arches throughout the day, shedding clothing layers as we went along.

As you can see, we started off the day all bundled up in layers and by 10 or 11 AM, we were all stripping down. We had a delicious picnic lunch in the parking lot - and I won't lie, I may have eaten three chicken salad sandwiches. Nom, nom.
By early afternoon, we were ready to head out and make our way down the road to Salt Lake City. We were all exhausted when we got to the hotel, zonked out, and got ready for our first day out skiing. Canyons was our first resort to check out! I've never been spring skiing, so navigating in the slushy snow was new to me. Canyons also had a big event going on - pond skimming! People would dress up in costumes, ski/board down a hill, and try to skim across a pond of water to get to the other side. It was highly entertaining! We stopped to have a beer, eat some food, and enjoy the misfortune of those at the bottom of the pond. :)

The next day, the boys went off to ski at Alta while C & I explored SLC. We weren't too sure we wanted to pay for a day pass (it wasn't on our ski pass) and tackle some tough terrain - but the boys were excited about it! They had a great time and the photos tell me that they didn't have such horrible scenery....

That evening, the four of us ventured out to explore the Great Salt Lake. It was, exactly as you might expect. Really big & really salty :)

We all had one more ski day together at Park City before leaving SLC and we had a nice time on some better (less slushy) snow.

Our mini vacation was absolutely delightful. I always enjoy a little time off - especially in the company of such great people!

Dear Tate,

March 27, 2015

All the worries clouding your mind will not matter soon. Do you remember a year ago today? Your days as a Peace Corps Volunteer were coming to an end. You had to start figuring out how to say good-bye to friends you made during your service. You had to start your essays for your medical school applications. You had to figure out how to pay for your medical school applications. You had no idea what you were going to do for employment. You still hadn't figured out how to get your kitty back to the USA. You were overwhelmed. You were stressed. You wanted time to slow down.You cried, a lot.

And now...
You're in the USA (with your cat!). You have a job. You got into your top choice medical school. You're figuring it all out.

And all those new stressors? Those will be worked out as well.
One breath at a time, Tate.

That's how we'll handle it.

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