On Friday, October 1st, we drove 229 miles to Heber City where we will spend five nights at Mountain Valley RV Resort. We’ve stayed at lots of campgrounds with “resort” in their names but this one truly qualifies as a resort. We have a huge pull-through site with a concrete pad that is double-wide and very long. The resort has two clubhouses, three pools and six pickleball courts.
On Saturday, we drove to Salt Lake City for Jason to catch his flight back to Nashville. His original itinerary had a 45-minute layover in Phoenix but the first flight was delayed. By the time we reached Salt Lake City, the layover was down to 13 minutes. Fortunately, Jason was able to get rebooked on a non-stop flight. Although the new flight left an hour earlier, it would get him back to Nashville three hours earlier.
We spent the next couple of hours exploring downtown Salt Lake City. We drove to Temple Square. Unfortunately, the Salt Lake Temple has been closed since December 2019 for a 4-year renovation project. The entire temple was surrounded by scaffolding. We then walked up a steep hill to the State of Utah Capitol. Upon returning to Temple Square, we had lunch at an office complex food court before dropping Jason off at the airport.
On Sunday, we visited Park City, UT and spent a couple of hours strolling along Main Street. Phil had come to Park City to ski for four winters in the past but, since his last stay in 1985, things had really expanded. There was still an over-abundance of art galleries and other shops catering to an upper-income clientele. We checked out the listings at some of the real estate offices and found that most of the condos were listed for over a million dollars. We stopped for a snack at the Wasatch Brewing Company and made some purchases at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company.
After leaving Main Street, we drove to the nearby Deer Valley Ski Resort. The trees on the mountainsides were quite picturesque with their fall colors.
When we had parked on Main Street, Phil was about to pay for parking at the meter but two people told him that parking was free on Sunday. Phil attempted to pay it forward by advising another couple who were about to pay for parking. When we got back to our campsite, we discovered a parking violation notice on our windshield. Apparently, parking is not free on Sundays. Fortunately, there was no fine for the first offence.
On Monday, we went to the Wasatch Mountain State Park and hiked the 3-mile Little Joe Loop and Lake Brimhall Trail. Getting to the trailhead required driving six miles up a very steep and winding road with a speed limit of 15 mph. The Wasatch Mountains were ablaze with fall colors and the aspens lining the road were bright yellow and orange. The hike itself was very enjoyable. The first part took us through an aspen forest. As we got higher, there were an increasing number of pine trees and the fragrance was wonderful.
On Tuesday, we drove to the neighboring communities of Orem and Provo, UT to get an oil change for the Mazda and to visit numerous retail establishments. As we drove to Provo, we passed through the campus of Brigham Young University and were very impressed with the surrounding neighborhoods. Coincidently, the drive to and from Orem took us along the Provo Valley Scenic Highway. This highway was very winding and took us along colorful hills on both sides of the roadway.