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Lakefront Property

Posted by on October 2, 2009
We were sad to leave East Canyon State Park and seriously considered staying a little longer but we also wanted to see more of Utah.  Having recently read an article that named Park City, Utah as one of the prettiest towns in America, we decided to make our way there to see if we agreed with that claim.
A short drive from East Canyon, we were at Jordanelle State Park, just outside of Park City.  The park was somewhat crowded but we were able to get a nice spot with views of the lake.  The following day, we took our tour of Park City.  It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m not a winter sports enthusiast.  Shocker, I know.  Much to Chris’ dismay, I just don’t like skiing. I’m sorry. I truly wish I was a fearless individual who genuinely enjoyed these types of activities that occurred at high altitudes.  I’ve tried skiing a number of times at different locations and I just don’t care for it.  I even hate the ski lift.  Maybe it’s my fear of heights or may I’m a boring individual.  I don’t know.  So, here I was, a non-skier in a skier’s paradise.  Thankfully, it’s September and there’s no snow and thus, no pressure on me to have to try skiing…again.  Of course, that didn’t stop some individuals from skiing-related activities.
We started our tour with a visit to the Olympic Park which was simply fascinating! While I may not enjoy participating in ski events, I truly enjoy watching them.  I was intrigued by the sight of the ski jump facility and wanted to get a closer look.  People really put on skis and jump from that height?  Are they insane?  I can’t even fathom doing something like this!  We made the drive up to the park so I could see this event for myself.  While we were there, there were actually people practicing the ski jump into a pool of water.  Crazy!  I could have sat and watched for hours while Chris was fidgeting in his seat and wanting to participate in the activity…how different are we?!?  (And, by the way, you can participate in the park‘s activities if you so desire…the park’s facilities are open to the public).  While he wanted to try the bobsledding (and I may have been tempted to try this as well), we moved on to continue our tour of the city with the idea that we might be back later in the week.
Park City has a lovely old Main Street full of restaurants, galleries, bars, etc.  It’s a pretty resort town that reminded us both of Banff.  Just outside of town is an outlet mall and while we realize we only have 160 square feet of living space, we couldn’t resist browsing the outdoor-related outlet stores.  I hate to confess that our tour of Park City involved shopping…but it did.  I am pleased to report, however, that it did not involve a massive spending spree.  Having just downsized, we are resistant to too many purchases.  But, apparently Chris had to have some more shoes.  A claim to which I totally disagree.  I, on the other hand, did require the new pair of shorts. Seriously.
We returned to our lovely park and decided to call it home for the week.  As the end of the weekend approached, the park quickly emptied and we were able to claim a lake front site (only 50 yards from the lake!), something we had been longing for since the start of this adventure. We set up our site, which involves chairs, the dog’s crate, and a satellite that we have yet to figure out and called Site #80 home.  Oh, and the best part?  The park had free wifi.  Utah is spoiling us rotten!
Having purchased a pedometer (another Park City purchase), Chris was monitoring how many steps he took in a day and so we made an effort to go on long walks at night.  Walking in the dark in a near-empty campground is rather eerie, especially when you see several sets of glowing eyes directly in front of you.  Turns out, it was just a herd of deer but exciting nonetheless.  Towards the end of the week, we finally put the kayaks in the water.  It was the first (and perhaps only) non-windy day of our stay and the water was perfect for paddling.  It had been a very busy work week for Chris so we both enjoyed the time together and out on the water.   He tried fishing from the kayak for the first time (with success!) and I enjoyed exploring the many quiet coves around the lake.  We paddled back by moonlight to our site. It was another glorious week in a quiet Utah park.
A view of Park City's Olympic Park

A view of Park City's Olympic Park

We were sad to leave East Canyon State Park and seriously considered staying a little longer but we also wanted to see more of Utah.  Having recently read an article that named Park City, Utah as one of the prettiest towns in America, we decided to make our way there.  Who wouldn’t want to see one of America’s prettiest towns?

After a short drive from East Canyon, we were at Jordanelle State Park, just outside of Park City.  The park was somewhat crowded but we were able to get a nice spot with views of the lake.  The following day, we took our tour of Park City.  It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m not a winter sports enthusiast.  Shocker, I know.  Much to Chris’ dismay, I just don’t like skiing. I’m sorry. I truly wish I was a fearless individual who genuinely enjoyed these types of activities that occurred at high altitudes.  I’ve tried skiing a number of times at different locations and I just don’t care for it.  I even hate the ski lift.  [Note:  I’ve never tried cross-country skiing but it is on my to-do list.  Perhaps I would enjoy this more?] So, here I was, a non-skier in a skier’s paradise.  Thankfully, it’s September and there’s no snow and thus, no pressure on me to have to try skiing…again.  Of course, that doesn’t mean there are not skiing-related activities occurring.

Wow.

Wow.

We started our tour with a visit to the Olympic Park which was simply fascinating! While I may not enjoy participating in ski events, I truly enjoy watching them.  I was intrigued by the sight of the ski jump facility and wanted to get a closer look.  People really put on skis and jump from that height?  Are they insane?  I can’t even fathom doing something like this!  We made the drive up to the park so I could see this event for myself.  While we were there, there were actually people practicing the ski jump into a pool of water.  Crazy!  I could have sat and watched for hours while Chris was fidgeting in his seat, wanting to throw on some skis and join the fun…how different are we?!?  (And, by the way, you can participate in the park‘s activities if you so desire as they are open to the public).  
From the park, we drove to the lovely old Main Street, which is full of restaurants, galleries, bars, etc.  It was a very picturesque resort town but also very crowded.  Unfortunately, I think the crowds scared us away as we only did a drive-by and then quickly returned to our quiet campground.
Beautiful fall scenery on the way to Provo.

Beautiful Autumn scenery on the way to Provo.

The following day, we took a drive to Provo and I must say that the drive from Park City to Provo may be one of the prettiest drives we’ve experienced.  The leaves are starting to change and the mountain scenery was fabulous.  I highly recommend this drive if you are visiting the area!

We decided to call Jordanelle State Park home for the rest of the week.   As the end of the weekend approached, the park quickly emptied and we were able to claim a lake front site (only 50 yards from the lake!), something we had been longing for since the start of this adventure. We set up our site (which involves chairs, the dog’s crate, awning, and a satellite that we have yet to figure out) and called Site #80 our home.  Oh, and the best part?  The park had free wifi.  Utah is spoiling us rotten!
Our beautiful lakefront property at Jordanelle State Park

Our beautiful lakefront property at Jordanelle State Park

Towards the end of the week, we finally put the kayaks in the water.  It was the first (and perhaps only) non-windy day of our stay and the water was perfect for paddling.  It had been a very busy work week for Chris so we both enjoyed the time together and out on the water.   He tried fishing from the kayak for the first time (with success!).  Meanwhile, I enjoyed exploring the many quiet coves around the lake and watched several deer slowly present themselves as the sun was setting.  Sadly, I did not bring the camera along on this paddle but trust me when I tell you it was beautiful!  We paddled back by moonlight to our site. It was another glorious week in a quiet Utah park.

4 Responses to Lakefront Property

  1. Mom

    It makes one wonder why anyone longs to travel outside the US when you see the sites you have photographed! Great entry!

  2. Lani

    It’s a beautiful world! Quite amazing sights. Definitely happy we have had the opportunity to see more of the US. We are in a beautiful country! (But, Italy was nice too!) :-)

  3. Lotus

    My hubby is a “double diamond” kind of guy. I am not. I didn’t try skiing until I was married and in my twenties. I did try cross country skiing a few years ago and found that I absolutely love it! I like to hike too, so cross country skiing gave me access to those trails in the winter. I highly recommend you try it out. Hubby gets some thrill out of it too because the skis are slicker and there are always some hills for him to speed down.

  4. Lani

    That’s really good to know! I should definitely try it and I do think I would enjoy it. And, it sounds as though it would be a good activity he and I could do together…unlike downhill skiing since I stay on the easy slope in constant panic while he is gliding down the more difficult slopes effortlessly. :-)

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