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