January has been fun, we had a lot of snow and Kiwi has been enjoying lots of snowboarding at the numerous resorts close by. So far as soon as it warms up and the snow starts to melt within a few days we have another snow storm. It’s been nice to watch out the window and enjoy wintery walks.
Whilst we had some time we visited Capitol Reef, one of the smaller national parks and admired the rocks and went petroglyph hunting. There’s been a fair old amount of baking in the house, mostly as I am still adjusting recipes to work at high altitude – this is a real thing and really annoying! I think though I’ve got my favourite brownie recipe to work. Now I’m waiting for mini eggs to start hitting the ships to add these in!
We have been seeing a fair few sporting events, first basketball and then a gymnastics meet. I really enjoyed the gymnastics, I’m always so impressed at the athletes physicality, this was a great weekend. We have also been invaded for Sundance film festival, this takes place just up the road in Park City, and you can even Uber a helicopter to take you around! Craziness! We attended a few screenings which was very exciting.
At the end of January I went on a trip to LA for a long weekend, it was great to walk along the numerous beaches, eat many ice creams and enjoy the warmer weather. So that’s life lately, and snuggling with the kitties of course.
Last weekend Kiwi and I fancied exploring and going for a walk, so we drove up one of the nearby canyons and set out to find doughnut falls. so named because these small falls go through a doughnut shaped rock. We wrapped up warm and kept an eye out for moose.
Whilst pretty warm out the ground was still snowy so I’m glad I wore my awesome snow boots, the walk took around an hour/hour and a half and we slowly plodded through lots of pine trees until we found the river bed. We weren’t able to see the doughnut, in fact we barely could get to the falls as the whole river bed had almost frozen, there were impressive icicles and natural formed ice sculptures everywhere, although this was pretty slippery to climb over.
Unfortunately we didn’t see much wildlife either but we did enjoy munching on some hobnobs on the way back and getting some fresh air. We will have to return here in the spring/summer once the snow and ice has melted to get a proper look at the falls.
This turns out to have been a taster of the snow to come! We’ve just had a winter storm and a lot of snow, so I’m enjoying lots of hot chocolate, wearing my heat holders socks – best thing ever! Watching the snow out the window and getting excited for a white Christmas.
It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘good bits’ post, having sailed past our emigration anniversary I’ve been more focusing on living life, but I’ve missed taking out some time to reflect back and just be happy about little moments and activities that don’t warrant a full on post. So I’m bringing it back, but instead of marking a particular date, I’m just looking at all my favourite bits of the last few weeks.
November was glorious, having waved off our UK friend after a pretty epic road trip we settled back into daily life, hung out with friends and drank allll the hot chocolate.
And my favourites, a cake decorating class I went to, watching the first few snowfalls and getting excited that the surrounding mountains now have white tops. Trying out a new yoga class – it was hard work! Doing Pilates most days and enjoying a good old stretch, its far to cold and dark early now for outdoor running and I’m ok with that. Instead we’ve been going on wintry walks so I can wear all of my scarves! Perusing some of the local vintage shops for possible treasures, playing board games and eating far too much cheese, singing in my local choir and celebrating thanksgiving. We even tried green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and trad turkey it was awesome and I have a new found cookie addiction, hello Rubysnap cookies!
Last weekend, Kiwi and I finally got around to trying x-country skiing. There are several parks near us and this is a popular activity in the winter. The parks convert their usual hiking and mountain bike trails into loops for skiers. Given the amount of snow we seem to regularly have, and the lack of many hills I can see why many skiers take up this winter sport.
I was a bit reluctant to start with as a downhill skier I wasn’t sure there would be a great deal of fun to be had ‘walking’ on ski’s. Due to the lack of hills I figured it was probably going to be a lot of hard work. This was based on having ‘walked’ in normal ski’s which is exhausting.