Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PARK CITY, UTAH
From the Slopes to the Great Salt Lake
Hi there everyone!
I spent a most enjoyable morning watching the snowfall. You must know by now that watching the snowfall or rainfall is definitely two of my favorite things. It's just so mesmerizing!
Well if it were up to me, I'd be hitting the slopes right now. And although it is up to me! I'm a girl of her word and I had promised Dominic a day off on Wednesday and here we are it's Wednesday...and he is still snoozing away. LOL
While it did snow on the slopes on Sunday (it rained in town), I really must say that since being on our Colorado trip (January) we really haven't got much precipitation in my chosen locals - not to say that they hadn't already got heaps of snow before I arrived - but just not while I'm there...
I'm mentioning this because while we are here in Park City, Utah - home of one of my Favorite Ski Resorts (Canyons), it snowed 49" in Lake Tahoe!!!
We just came from Lake Tahoe and while we were there, they were having a warm spell and the weather was rather spring like. The last day of us skiing out there was at Northstar and it was all slushy - I HATE SLUSH!
So what's up weather gods? I know I can't predict the weather, and I plan waaaay in advance. But really?! Warm while I'm there and a dumping of 49" right after I leave!!! I'm not a happy camper about this.
I really wish that I had the time in my calendar to just bop on back to Tahoe and enjoy it as the winter wonderland that I have come to know it as.
But guess what - I'm too busy. Of course I'll be back...next season my friends. Next season.
Tomorrow is actually my last day on the slopes for this season and with today's snowfall, I'm hoping for some incredible conditions!
We were out there at Canyons yesterday and it was nothing short of amazing!
We had to cut the day slightly short, due to plans of meeting my friend Manny down in Salt Lake City.
And of course being on the slopes we lost track of time and left later than I had originally planned.
But all's good, and we still made it to Salt Lake City in time.
Driving towards downtown Salt Lake City
Stories were told, laughs were had, good times were shared.
With my friend Manny
After hanging out with Manny, I had plans of heading out to the Great Salt Lake (which in all my visits - I have never been!).
The Great Salt Lake lends its name to Salt Lake City, originally named "Great Salt Lake City" by the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brigham Young, who led a group of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley southeast of the lake on July 24, 1847.
DID YOU KNOW: The Great Salt Lake is also known as America's Dead Sea!
This lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric pluvial lake that once covered much of western Utah.
It is four to five times saltier than the ocean and contains about 4.5 billion tons of salt. The Dead Sea is the only body of water with a higher salt content.
The Great Salt Lake is home to tiny *brine shrimp (Artemia salina) one of the few animals that lives within Great Salt Lake. Other forms of life associated with the lake include brine flies, algae, and bacteria. Ducks, geese, gulls, pelicans, and hundreds of other types of birds live in the marshes and wetlands surrounding the lake.
The Great Salt Lake is an important part of the Pacific and Central Flyways for migratory waterfowl and part of the Northern Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. The shores and nearby wetlands of the lake are also home to a variety of reptiles and mammals. Eight amphibian, two turtle, nine lizard, and eight snake species, as well as total of 64 species or subspecies of mammals have been identified in the Great Salt Lake area.
*The brine-shrimp population plays an important part in the lake’s ecosystem, especially in keeping the lake waters clean through algae consumption. They are also a major food source for millions of migrating birds.
Sadly the lake may be vanishing... Scientists report in a Utah State University white paper that 150 years of human diversions from the rivers running into the lake have reduced water levels by 11 feet, "exposing much of the lake bed" a dramatic reduction for a lake that is just 33-feet at its deepest.
After watching a beautiful sunset, we headed back into the city for a fun dinner (that we go to annually). The vegan restaurant Sage's Cafe holds an All-You-Can-Eat Pizza & Salad dinner every Tuesday night and this is where you can find us anytime we are visiting on over a Tuesday night! Luckily I knew when to say when, but my eating machine teenage boy just kept going and going, filling his bottomless pit of a stomach!
Finally, really quickly I wanted to mention a couple of things I've hand selected to do this coming weekend for our W2GW (Where to Go Wednesday) feature:
And that about sums it up for me today, catch me back here tomorrow to find out all about how we spent our day off of the slopes!
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 11 DAYS
Half-way through the week
Is it Hump Day already? Wow, this week is going fast.
What I will say, is how wonderful it is to feel Spring in the air, here on Long Island!!
The sun is shining; the temps are getting warmer and daylight savings is just around the corner!! LOVE IT!!
Tonight is Gianna's Science Fair. She has to do her presentation in front of the judges and then they decide on who will be the winner.
She was not terribly enthusiastic about the prospect of winning, but she did put time into her project, so that's all I'm concerned about - that she tried her hardest!
I won't lie folks...I'm a a bit nervous about my girlies having their teeth extractions tomorrow. Fortunately, I have utmost trust in my oral surgeon as he has been a family doctor for years.
Gianna even had other teeth pulled with this doctor, so that gives me great confidence that I'm with a professional I trust and has a close relationships tin my entire family!
Oh, all the necessary work to insure a beautiful smile for the rest of their lives!
I'm getting psyched for my Bronx Walking Tour in two days! Oh - did I mention I couldn't go to the Botanical Gardens yesterday for the Orchid show - yup - but I have rescheduled that visit on my calendar - will keep you posted!!