Welcome to our Welcome to Utah blog.
Here we shall chronicle our adventures in this new land.
Journey One: Getting to Park City
We left Saturday and stayed the night in Baker City, Oregon. Everything went well on day one. Day two was long. We past through a lot of nothingness in Idaho, stopped for coffee in Boise, and made it to Salt Lake City by dinner time where we stopped at the Spaghetti Factory. The rest was boring check-in in Park City.
Picture from the road (click to see any of the pictures larger):
Welcome to Utah sign
In Park City:
Tim has been doing his math thing. I’ve been trying to work on my website. The weather has been gorgeous everyday. Main Street looks a lot like Disneyland with lots of expensive restaurants (although no vegetarian ones 😦 ). We’ve done a little unicycling.
Hiking to the Caves:
On Wednesday we went hiking with a group of math students to Timpanogos Cave. It was about an hour drive to get there from Park City. The mountains we’re amazing looking! The hike took about an hour and half, it was paved but it was pretty long and steep. The cave entrance was at the top. We had to buy tickets for a tour because that’s the only way we’re allowed in to see them. I’ve never been in a cave before -it was super cool. See my pix!
Me with some mathy people
Both of us
Me making a weak peace sign -so tired!
Inside the caves:
This is totally where the Gollum would hang out
Me in the cave
Tim in the cave
Weird cave formations
The "heart" of the cave
It was actually three different caves that were connected by man-made tunnels. Outside it was probably 95 degrees but inside the cave it was only about 45 degrees. There was a lot of other neat formations in the cave that we didn’t get pictures of. So overall very cool!
Salt Lake City:
So later in the week we were able to go into Salt Lake and take a look at some of the different neighborhoods. I was surprised by how cute everything looked, they reminded be alot of the neighborhoods I like in Seattle with lots of unique cute small houses with a lot of nice gardens. We also went to see the library, which I totally fell in love with. It’s huge, mostly glass, so there’s lots of windows to see all of the city and the mountains. On the rooftop there’s a garden with places to sit. There’s also lots of works space, fountains out front, and a coffee shop on the bottom level. They also have really cool glass elevators just like the bubblevator that used to be in the Seattle Center. It also looks like there’s a pretty good variety of restaurants in the city too -lots of good looking Mexican places. There are a few trains that run through the city and make stops at the University and the library every 15 minutes, so good stuff. The main downside to the city is the air quality. It gets pretty hazy in the afternoons, plus they don’t have recycling bins anywhere.
Looking for a Place to Live:
Over the weekend we’ve been all over the city looking at places to live. It was hot and tiring! We we’re hoping to find a place with enough room for the two of us, close to the trains so Tim can take them to school, and in an area that we feel comfortable and safe in. Of the first day out we found one place that we really loved so we brought an application back the next day thinking we probably didn’t have a good chance of getting it, so we kept looking at a bunch of other places that didn’t quite measure up. But guess what? -they liked us! And so we got totally lucky and managed to get the best place we’ve seen! It was a great compromise for everything we we’re looking it for, it has a big front room with hard-wood floors, a decent kitchen and bedroom. It’s the bottom floor of a duplex. It’s in a great location next to everything we need: it’s two blocks from the train, it’s another few blocks from a really cute area with lots of neat shops, and its in a pretty good neighborhood next to a lot of cute interesting houses. We really like the couple renting it out too. They are both flight attendants who work on restoring houses when they’re on the ground. The building is from the 1930’s and has been restored in the arts & crafts style. Right now they are finishing the paint job and it will be ready for Tim to move-in in August. We’re basically extremely happy and amazed that we were able to get this place and that we don’t have to look anymore! Here are some pictures:
front room with big windows, fireplace, & bookshelf
I love the big windows -I’m like a plant that needs lots of light!
Another view of the front room
The downside is the closet is really small -I’ll need to get wardrobe or something to fit all my clothes!
Another view of the kitchen
We’ll need to get a Microwave.
The front with me posing in the doorway
The yard is dried out right now but they said they’d pay for plants for us to put out front and would discount the rent if we took care of the lawn for them.
The area is called 9th and 9th because of the main intersection. Here are some pictures of the shops:
coffee and movie rentals
Starbucks, some bread store, and there's a yoga place further down
squinting -it's bright out!
On the other side there’s also a Qudoba-like restaurant and a bike shop.
It’s also close to this huge park that has a pool, tennis courts, a pond, an aviary, a green house, and a good path for unicycling.
It’s all been very neat so far, and I think that’s all I’ve got for now.
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