Get out and do something. It’s another variation of the “Life is the stories you can tell” theme AND it is great advice. Get out of the house, get out of the door, get out of the car and get going! This weekend, thanks to my parents, we were able to do just that. For Christmas, Mom and Dad Noel gave us a chunk of change with the charge that we use it for a family outing. GET OUT! We got out, got going, and got stories, some of which I am going to share now.
Our first “get out” happened in the Soldier Hollow parking lot where we got out of the car, got into our snow clothes, and go onto some tubes. For two hours we rode up (a tow rope took us up) and down (gravity brought us down) a giant snow slope. It was tubing cruise-boat style (i.e. luxury) and it was fun.
That night we checked in to (and checked out!) the Homestead Resort in Midway, UT. There were three in the bed and the little said……..”I’ll sleep on the floor instead” which was nice of him. Grace and Tanah took one bed, Lance and I the other, and Miles was grounded, voluntarily. (He often chooses to sleep on the floor in our home too. Crazy.) Though we aren’t used to sharing bedrooms (it was not a very romantic night) we are used to sharing a bathroom. (We have only one bathroom for the five of us at home too.) The greatest advantage the Homestead has over our home stead is hot water. In our home, there is only one regular size water heater so the person showering after the teen girls is lucky to get lukewarm water; it was hot water for all at The Homestead. For Miles the greatest advantage The Homestead has over our home stead is T.V. He ended Friday watching March Madness basketball and started Saturday doing the same thing.
Saturday morning, after enjoying The Homestead’s volcanically warmed indoor pool and its electronically warmed sauna, we took Chick to breakfast—or rather we took breakfast at Chick’s…Chick’s Café in Heber City. WOW! Eating breakfast there should become a “must-do” on everyone’s bucket list.
After eating several days’ worth of calories for breakfast (and loving every bite of it) we were back to Midway for ice skating on their outdoor rink. Miles and Tanah took to the ice gracefully and easily. Lance took pictures, easily and gracefully. It was not nearly so graceful or easy for Grace and me. We wobbled and tottered together. I love being outdoors though, even when I look and move more like a Holstein than a human. (Have you ever seen a Holstein in ice? It is NOT a pretty sight.)
Our adventure ended at Farr Better Ice Cream in Ogden in honor of my dad for whom ice cream is the answer to everything. Everything. Hum……Brownies on the Moon in a waffle cone……….Yes, he may have something there. It may not solve all of the world’s problems but it certainly could solve a lot of them!
Thanks to my parents we “got out” and had a glorious weekend. You should GET OUT too. If not to Soldier Hollow then to Rohmer Park in Washington Terrace—the tubing is as good and the exercise pulling your own sled up the hill is good for you; if not to The Homestead then to a slumber party in your own home stead—be sure to restrict yourself to one bathroom; if not to Chick’s Café then to Bee’s Café in Roy—I’ve heard it’s good; if not the Midway City outdoor rink then to Syracuse City’s outdoor rink—free if your bring your own skates; if not to Farr Better Ice Cream in Ogden then to Farr Ice Cream in the grocery store—Brownies on the Moon can be found in most local grocery stores, sometimes it is even on sale at Kent’s. If you don’t live in Utah, do the equivalent where you do live. GET OUT! And, in getting out, get in. Get in with your family. Get in to the adventure, the memories the stories. After all, life is the stories you can tell. Make your stories family ones.
There. You thought this was a travelogue and it turns out to be a sermon.