Sun., Oct. 19, Day 48 – Park City, UT

We had a lazy day today. We reflect that, like our Leaf Odyssey Eastern Trip last fall, these road trips are busy times. On one night stays, we are up and packing to drive on in the morning. On longer stays, we are still active and busy, going around to see the local sights or visiting with friends or family. The exceptions are these times at time share trade condos, where we are here for a week. We slept in this morning, caught up some on this blog and emails. We then rode around our immediate area, which is in The Canyons resort. The other nearby ski areas are Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort (owned by Vail), which is accessed from a lift which takes off from downtown Park City. Other areas are down toward Salt Lake City and up Cottonwood Canyon: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude. Canyons is relatively new, with multiple condo and high end hotel buildings and many in the process of being built. We are across the street from a Waldorf Astoria! The area seems to be well planned and attractively groomed. A cabriolet takes off from the main parking lot and accesses a gondola and several lifts, a la Winter Park. Skimeisters is planning a trip here in Jan., 2015. Should be fun.
In the afternoon we went in town and walked Main St. Like Aspen, Park City was originally a 19th century mining town. But unlike most CO ski areas, it has not been extensively modernized. Comparing it to Colorado mountain towns, it reminded us most of Idaho Springs. It still looks old and funky, with lots of bars, restaurants and low end shops. Nothing chi-chi. We went to a recommended sports bar, Collies, to watch the Broncos-49’ers game. A very basic, friendly place with the nice feel of an old bar. Good pork sandwiches and Fat Tire beer and a crowd of folks cheering the Broncos. Fun game, and exciting to see Peyton break the passing TD’s record. One of the minor deprivations of the trip is missing seeing most of the Broncos games!











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