I Found a Little Piece of Heaven

Red Canyon Lodge, Flaming Gorge, Utah

 

So a couple weeks ago I was in an Uber with Nate and the woman was telling us of this lodge she worked at when she first moved to Utah up in Flaming Gorge, it sounded magical and I guess I made it apparent that I wanted to go there because she wrote down her name, phone number, the lodge name and phone number and gave it to me. After looking it up at work the next day, I fell in love. It is a small place with about 30 private cabins, a restaurant, and small shop, all surrounding a pleasant lake. There are hiking/cross country ski trails that surround the lake and the canyon rim, along with plenty of summer activities that I cannot wait to try late this year.

I called and booked a weekend in the larger cabin available that comes furnished with a bedroom, living room with pull out couch, table, and chairs, kitchen with stove and fully stocked cabinets, as well as a beautiful porch with view of the lake. It took about three and a half hours to get there from Salt Lake City, but the drive is incredible. Not only are the views breathtaking, as you enter Flaming Gorge you will see historical signs telling of the past residents of the canyon:dinosaurs, giant water reptiles and various sea creatures. Arriving at the premises reminded me of a childhood sleep-away camp, long driveway with a view of the cabins, people coming back from snow shoeing, and smiling happy folk galore.

After getting the keys and unpacking at our heaviness cabin,  we filled up our growler and went for walk across the frozen lake to a great big rock where we watched the sunrise… The whole weekend went quite similarly, not to brag. The highlights of the premises include the AMAZING views from the canyon rim trail, where I cross country skiid for the first time, and was quite daring if I say so myself, I fell about 20 times because I was going to fast and couldn’t control turning or stopping. I also couldn’t walk well the following few days, but it was well worth it. Dogs are allowed, which will be very pleasing to me in the summer as we are getting our very own fur baby (Lando is just my Godson). Lastly, the level of remoteness that we reached felt amazing! It’s hard these days to escape the buzz of phones, TV’s, radio, Ipads, and overall non communication between people face to face.The lack of technology was refreshing… rather than watching a movie after dinner, Nate an I looked at the stars and played multiple games of cribbage (where he lost every time). So all in all I guess it was on okay trip. You can go ahead and book HERE. Have fun! (Don’t bring your computer unless you’re going to write a book).

 

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Jackson Hole Is Better Than Disneyland

I am a Disneyland lover… I truly believed that Disneyland was the happiest place on earth. I was wrong. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is definitely happier. The scenery for one is truly remarkable… nothing else like it that I have ever seen! Next up is the mountain of course. Snowboarder or skier, this mountain is heaven. The trees are spaced perfectly, the terrain is unbeatable, and I swear the powder there is different than anywhere else on earth, in a ridiculously good way. The town, people, shopping, COFFEE! I would say I want to live there but I thin I like it better as a vacation. A vacation once a month? Perhaps.

Don’t get me wrong… I still think about Disneyland everyday, I love it there. Disneyland is somewhere that I like to visit once  a year, whereas Jackson Hole, I’m thinking realistically (financially)  I could do four times a year. I will always stay at the Cowboy Village, private cabins, full breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, and walking distance to downtown. Cowboy Bar is a must if you are in town, as well as Cowboy Coffee… if cowboy is in the title you’re in good hands. One place that I visited that I will definitely go back to for breakfast or lunch is Cafe Genevieve, amazing food and an even better Pig Candied Bloody Mary. Either way, be sure to try their famous Pig Candy. Last thing on food… Late night drunk food or even just easy dinner, check out Pinky G’s. Great Pizza, beer, easy ordering, and live music… what else could you ask for?

Okay, back to the true greatness… the mountain! Here are some pictures.

Sorry there’s not of actually boarding, I was a bit distracted with the 17″ of FRESH POWDER!!!

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As always, big shoutout to Mountain Collective Pass for making this winter EPIC!

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Mammoth Mountain Matron

I LOVE Mammoth Mountain!!!

Holy cow, have you been to Mammoth yet? It is such a crazy fun mountain and you need to go there immediately (If they have pow).

Here’s how it began:

We saw that California was getting dumped on, and having the Mountain Collective Pass, we had to decide: Squaw Valley or Mammoth… Mammoth predicted more snow, so Mammoth it is. We left at 11 pm on Friday night and arrived at 7am Saturday. Epic powder, endless terrain variations, and incredible views. The tree runs were some of the best in my life! But then, we go to chairs 13 and 14 I believe and you see what you’re about to ride down and you almost want to jump off the lift to get to it sooner.

Here are some pictures:

We were planning on sleeping in the truck but it was freezing, so we stayed at a motel, it was warm and had bad coffee… I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

On our very last run of the day on Sunday, it was a complete whiteout; there may have been a chance I almost went off the side of a cliff, I have no idea. SoI went immediately to the first trees I saw and had an amazing run! I wish I could give more detail the the whereabouts of all my amazing runs but I honestly don’t remember, but as long as there is powder, my experience is that every run is amazing!

I felt like the Mammoth Mountain Matron when I was up there, and I can’t wait to go back. Mammoth, you have a piece of my heart.