Utah


Soon the snow will melt, and soon it will be spring!  We enjoyed a quick vacation to Salt Lake City the past few days.  There were remnants of snow when we arrived, but the sun was warm and the temperatures climbed each day.  Being from snow-bound Minnesota, I was thrilled to see these lovely spring crocus –  fighting off the cold and the snow of winter, bravely blooming and reminding us that spring will conquer winter and we will be surrounded by color once again. Soon.

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We just returned from a quick trip to Salt Lake City.  In addition to visiting family and enjoying Thanksgiving hospitality, we also hit the road for some sightseeing.  After reading about the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, we headed out to see how far we could go.  We had a wonderful brunch in Kamas and then left town on Utah State Route 150.  The road follows the Provo River as it tumbles down through the Uinta Mountains, and although the weather was unseasonably warm in northern Utah, there has been snow in the higher elevations.  We were only able to drive 15 miles, but we were not disappointed. The terrain is beautiful, and as the road climbed upward the landscape became white.  The patterns of the trees with their light and dark, the snow and blue sky — it was all a delight for the eyes.  And whenever we stopped en route, we could hear the river below as it moved over rocks and rapids.  As much as we marveled at the area on this shortened trip, we know we will return to travel and explore the full distance of the byway.