Last Days in Park City

Park City, UT

Friends Steve and Joan (FOSJ) have been spending the last few months working with a company that surveys roads for the Bureau of Land Management.  They are currently in Nephi, UT, about 75 miles to the south of Park City.  We emailed back and forth about getting together and, since they have never been to Park City, they volunteered to drive up for the day.

Steve and Joan

Once they arrived we drove to the north of Park City to visit the Utah Olympic Park.  During the 2002 games the park hosted the bobsled, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and Nordic combined events.  Today it serves as a training center for Olympic and development level athletes.  We visited the park about ten years ago and enjoyed watching summer aerial training.  Fortunately there were skiers training again, so we were able to watch more jumpers.

The many slopes

Leaving the jump

Spinning in the air

Check the elevation!

He appears to be standing on the climbing wall

Olympic hopeful putting on his ski boots

After watching the aerials for a while we drove up into the mountains to check out the fall foliage.

Famous graffiti artist, Banksy, had a film he directed premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City in 2010.  While in town he painted a number of works around town.  The one below is covered with a plastic panel to prevent damage.

Pam’s favorite beer, Polygamy Porter, is brewed right here in Park City so we just had to stop at the brewery for a cold one and lunch.

Wasatch Brew Pub

The next day we did a nice loop hike on the Armstrong/HAM/Spiro Trails above the Park City Mountain Resort.

One member of the writers of this blog loves to watch the “sport” of curling (we won’t mention her name).  We’ve visited many towns that have a curling club but it has always been in the summer and the rinks have been closed.  So when Pam one of us found out that the Park City Curling Club would be having their first session of the year at the local ice rink, we just had to attend (we were the only spectators).  While some of the participants had some experience, it was quite obvious that this was the first time for many.  As with any sport, someone who knows what their doing can make the task look easy, while a beginner looks a bit silly at times.

His form looks good at the start . . .

. . . but the end needs a little work!

This guy made it look easy

Furious sweeping

Some people think curling is a bit boring.  Apparently so do some of the participants.  The photo below shows how some get through the session!

This week ABC is premiering a new show called “Blood and Oil” starring Don Johnson (remember Miami Vice?).  The show is being filmed in Park City and one of the scenes is in a local bar.  The NoName Saloon on Main Street was used as the set for those scenes, so we stopped by for dinner on our final night in town.  Now we need to watch the show to see if we recognize the bar.

The NoName Saloon

That wraps up a great week visit to Park City.  Next we continue traveling west into Nevada.  More on that later . . .

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25 Responses to Last Days in Park City

  1. Laurel says:

    Haha, great capture of the guy sneaking a drink on the curling rink. Nothing is safe from your eagle eye and zoom lens. 🙂 I really must try that Polygamy Porter, just for the name alone. Love the golden aspen on the trail!

  2. Cool shots John/Pam on the ski jump action and the curling practice!
    The Aspens are now really peaking its golden glow.
    I am curious about the Polygamy Porter, I must start watching for it and get a taste.

  3. paul weaver says:

    Hey Pam……a Nitro beer is doing it pretty serious! Did you enjoy opening the bottle and watching the Nitro do it’s thing??? 🙂

  4. pmbweaver says:

    I can’t believe that landing in the water doesn’t hurt them. It must really do number on their knees.

    Banksy painting is wonderful.

    Dear Lord…what is that picture on the Polygamy Porter suppose to symbolize? Is that why you like the beer so much, Pam?

    I am not a big car racing fan, so when Paul turns it on…out comes my flask…hehe

  5. Great shots of the sports…the curling, in particular, pretty darn funny!

  6. Janna says:

    Gorgeous fall foliage–my favorite time of year! Where are you guys spending the winter? Would love to hear more about your friends and their “job!” Went to their website and read back through their blogs–interesting!

  7. Mary says:

    I have to say that being there for the Olympics was one of the best times. Being able to take my kids several times, and to see different things was a great experience. Park city has always been the fun and different town.

  8. Love the photo of the curler taking a swig out of his flask. Bet it makes the game a whole lot more fun! So did you have a Nitro Polygamy Porter? Nitrogen makes a beer so much smoother. You might like Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro. You can buy it in cans in some liquor stores. Really good!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, I had the Nitro Polygamy Porter at the Wasatch Brewery which brews this beer. The nitro is very smooth which is what I like about it. The brewery sells the 6% Nitro but for $11.99 a six pack, I passed and just bought the regular at the grocery store. I like any Milk Stout and Left Hand Nitro sound wonderful. I’ll have to keep my eye for it:) Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Lenore says:

    What an interesting post; so full of things I’ve never seen and thought about only rarely. Thanks so much for the peak into ski jumping and curling. In New Hampshire in the depths of winter we used to curl our kids! ; )

  10. Sherry says:

    That’s some label on your beer Pam. I assume it’s a painting of some sort. Any idea what the title is? Love those golden aspens and the curling photos were too much fun. Great sneak shot of the bottoms up curlers.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    What a catch with the guy “on top of” the wall! Looks like a lot of fun to share with friends. I’d love to see Curling in person, it lacks something on the screen 🙂 You two find the most unique things to see and do. And yes, the painting on the label is awesome!

  12. Gay says:

    Love the photos from the ice rink…way funny!

  13. Debbie L says:

    Reblogged this on Follow the Tumble Lees! and commented:
    This blog has something for everyone! We’ve never been to the beautiful state of Utah. What a great post to give us a taste, and as usual, beautiful photos!

  14. Debbie L says:

    We had to reblog this one! It’s another great post, great photos and such interesting info!

  15. Jim and Barb says:

    What a great way to end your Park City adventure and see Steve and Joan to boot! Does it get any better?

  16. LuAnn says:

    I would have loved to watch the skiers. You captured some nice shots! I think I had forgotten that Polygamy Porter was brewed in Park City. It is one of my favorites as well. As for curling… hmmm. I may have had to take to the bottle as well to get through the session (haha). 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      I, also, forgot that Polygamy Porter was brewed in Utah! Sure glad I remembered to do a little research before we left town!

      You sound like John! LuAnn, I think you need to spend some time this winter watching a little curling. I am sure you will change your mind if we really get involved:)

  17. Zsuzsa Klush says:

    I have to agree with LuAnn about curling….

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