Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tony and Colt Hudson come visit

Tony and Colt live two doors down from us back in Raleigh. They came out to visit and to see some snow. Unfortunately, we have been having a long run of warm temperatures and no snow. More like May then March. Just the same, we found some for Colt that you could never run across in Raleigh.

After meeting them at the airport we went for a visit to Antelope Island. This island is 18 miles long, 3 miles wide and rises thousands of feet out of the Great Salt Lake. We did some hiking, saw some bison, and found a really cool skull of a deer.

On our most structured of the snow days, we took Colt to one of the local tubing hills. The warm weather meant slushier trails, which meant slower tubing. But it was fun! Why they don't open the tubing hills first thing in the morning is beyond me.

We needed to find Colt some deep snow. He had built two forts using what we had left in our back yard, but that was pretty meager. We headed up to Guardsman Pass, right beside the Deer Valley Bandana ski run. The snow was several feet deep and Colt spent about four hours on each of two days, digging a massive tunnel/igloo. Quite impressive. While he was busy working, Tony and I threw snowballs to Jasper (the dog). The dog played fetch for four hours and still wanted to play more as we walked back to the car.

This is the Park City sign up at Guardsman Pass. From here, you can see miles in all directions. In summer you can pop straight down into Big Cottonwood Canyon, but in winter it is for snowmobiles and skiers only.

Tony and Colt went to visit with a long time NC friend who also lives in Park City. They did more snow digging and then headed indoors to Kamas for a pool with a big slide. I think a good time was had by all. Just wish we could have offered our normal depths of snow without having to drive hunting for it.
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