The photos in this post come from a road trip Suwei and I took back in March. Back then two events came together just at the right time. First, my brother and his wife gave birth to a little girl in January and we were itching to get out to
to meet the peanut. Secondly, Bill had organized a ski weekend at Deer Valley/Park City California that we weren’t so sure we could attend. Enough excuses, grab the keys to the truck, we’re hitting the road! Utah
Bill and Jeanye at the St. Regis
Our first stop was Bill’s birthday ski weekend in
. Like I mentioned before Suwei and I were waffling on this trip and unfortunately we waffled enough that Bill had to fill our spots with far more committed friends. However, we decided to crash the party anyway. We got a room at a hostel in Deer Valley Park City and Bill and crew were nice enough to let us join in the festivities up at their sweet pad at the St. Regis in . Deer Valley
I guess Bill’s sister's father in-law (or something like that) had a little business deal with the St. Regis and someway or another Bill and crew basically got a very sweet suite for the cost of the cleaning. The place was over the top. The photos do not do it justice. To do it justice you must talk about how the staff put your groceries away for you or the free afternoon champagne or the fact that they hate snowboarders.
Day 2 in
Utah involved another superb day at (just 2 words: dumping x2!) and a final fancy dinner out at the St. Regis…oh and I believe there was some hot tubbing in there as well. After all that Suwei and I scooted off to our $9 room just across the street from the Mormon temple in Park City (Actually it was $16 if you include the taxes and parking, but still a pretty good deal. See slide show for details). Salt Lake City
Skiing at Park City, UT
Roadside Attraction - Thunder Mountain Indian Monument, NV
That night we met up with our friend, Moki and her new (for us) husband, Gary. They came up from Grass Valley to share their favorite
Truckee taqueria and a few drinks with us.
Next I got in a very warm and slushy day of skiing in at
Squaw Valley. Although the snow conditions were downright poor compared to ’s fresh fluff, I was reminded why I still have such fond memories of the place. It had been over 4 years since I last skied there, and I realized I still miss the crazy fun steeps that Squaw has to offer. (Especially when it’s that slushy...you need it that steep for the skis to actually slide.) Utah
Down in the Bay Area we took a day hike around the Marin Headlands with Eng-Shien. We took a late afternoon hike with Stacy up in
Foothills Park in . And…we actually found a very little bit of time to see Kevin, Vera and their new baby, Veronika. It turns out we arrived just in time to join them at Vera’s father’s 70th birthday celebration. They had rented out a entire Russian restaurant in Palo Alto Sunnyvale and I think just about every Russian in the had been invited. Ok, maybe not, but Suwei and I were spitting out specebas right and left. Veronika took the massive manhandling in amazing stride. It took her most of 2 hours before she completely melted down. South Bay
Point Bonita Lighthouse, Marin Headlands, CA
On the way back to
Richa and Hans in Ogden, UT
Antelope Island State Park, UT
And then... We went home.
And that is about it for this post. Lots of photos. There are even more in the slideshow. Check it out here if you are interested.
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