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Utah Wild West Snowboard Adventure 2013 04/13

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Day 1 Preparation for Bonnie’s Arrival

Arrived in Utah, I always forget the majestic beauty here until Im flying in and the gigantic mountains appear and I am in awe of their awesomeness.  Drove to Eden, and got settled in the sweet condo with views of snow covered mountains out almost every window.  A quiet, off the beaten path place with smalltown charm and openness abounding…

Day 2 The Arrival Night

Bonnie arrived in the evening, and we stopped for some dinner on the way to Eden.  Arrived at the condo, did some yoga before heading to bed for a good nights sleep.

Day 3  Powder Mountain and Eden

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Even though the weather predicted rain, we awoke to beautiful blue skies and did some morning yoga and meditation.  Got our snow gear on and headed to Powder Mountain.  As we arrived the clouds were still hugging the valley and began to slowly rise as we got our riding time started.  We began on the trail named Drifter so appropriate since just days before I had begun my Nomadic Summer of drifting where the wind carries me.

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Bonnie was all smiles as we zoomed down runs of beautiful packed powder.  Run after run we enjoyed the awesome snow and rode until the lifts closed…headed back to the condo and went to Carlos and Harleys for some delicious Mexican food for dinner…followed by some AMAZING flan for dessert.  A great day!!

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Day 4  Brighton, Big Cottonwood Canyon and Salt Lake City

 

After hearing that Brighton got 13 inches of new snow, we became powder chasers as we awoke early to trek the 2 hour drive to Big Cottonwood Canyon.

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We again were blessed by sunny, blue skies and white puffy clouds as we rode some of the best snow and most challenging terrain of the trip.  As always Bonnie charged the trails like a true champ and I felt myself beaming with pride that this amazing women is my student and friend!  Rode a trail off a 10000 foot peak that was a cat track with a ridiculous cliff drop off the side that would have been more appropriately named Go right and visit heaven NOW!  I was so excited that Bonnie just hugged the mountain and followed me down it….later in the day I pointed out the run WAYYY up there and she was shocked that she rode it!  I told her that she had to write 3 Bad Ass things she did of the day before she begin to write what she need to work on.   She laughed and agreed that that was definitely number one Bad Ass move of the day.  After our amazing day, we found a delicious and beautiful Thai restaurant called Pawits Thai.  After a yummy Thai Ice Tea we ate some great food and then made the trek back to Eden.

Day 5 SnowBasin

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Awoke to snowcapped mountains tinted in pink of the sunrise. Did some yoga, had tea and breakfast and headed to Snowbasin..Site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Snowbasin was different than the other low key resorts we had visited.  The chandeliers in the lodge and high class foo foo bathrooms were a surprise and made us chuckle a bit…it’s a beautiful resort…although the warm temps caused melt that kept us from the strawberry peak, we rode some amazing terrain and Bonnie did a super challenging black diamond named Pork Barrell.  The gigantic rocks at the summit are an astounding sight and we were blessed to see a SunBow at the top of the mountain.  Bonnie again impressed me with her dedication to riding and great skills.  She followed me down runs, and even hit the jump in the terrain park twice…!!  It was so much fun.

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After riding we had some delicious guacamole, tomatillo salsa and queso.

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Afterwards we headed to Powder Mountain for our sunset snowcat safari.  Since we were the only ones booked we loaded up on the giant snowcat and off into the backcountry we went.  What an amazing experience.

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Through aspen groves and out to a beautiful lookout we were all smiles and grateful for the spacious beauty we were witnessing.  Powder is developing some of this area in the future so we felt extra blessed to see it before that happens.  Its difficult for me to understand or agree with the destruction of nature for development and money.  I try to understand but I don’t.  I still believe in the Native philosophy that the land does not belong to us, we belong to the land.  I wish more people shared that idea.  Our guide Chad was such a kind, patient, and happy hearted guy…he pretty much catered to us the whole tour…and was such fun to talk to.  As if we weren’t blessed enough, on the access road down we were talking and I said, Im so thankful for tonight and this amazing sunset (when everyone was predicting cloud cover and rain)..I said to Bonnie wouldn’t it be awesome if we could see a moose too?  I sang, “Come on MOOSE!” and 2 seconds later what do we see?? A baby moose on the side of the road just chilling and eating grass!!  Such blessings…such gratitude…such joy!!

Headed back home, did some yoga, had tea and enjoyed our last night of the adventure.

Day 6 Indoor skydive adventure!

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Awoke leisurely and did some yoga, had tea, got all our stuff packed up and headed to Ogden to do some indoor skydiving…! Bonnie was a bit nervous but her smiles emerged as she jumped into the wind tunnel with the instructor and got the feeling of skydiving with the simulator!  She said it was an amazing experience and left with a DVD of the adventure and a cool Tshirt.

Stopped at Sunshine café, a small local mom and pop café and had some lunch before we put Bonnie back on the plane to Albany, NY.  A great week full of fun!!!

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