Utah Vacation: Part One

Each summer we try to take a week long family vacation. Our goal has been to hit all the western states (you know, mountain love and the big open skies and all). This year we picked Utah! You may be asking yourself the first thing everyone else did…”Utah, what’s in Utah?” or “Oh, you must have family there.” Nope, no family and Utah is home to some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen…and an oil farm (but seriously only had about 30% 70% 90% to do with it).

We picked Utah (and more specifically Sundance, Utah) because 1. Mr. B fancies himself a fly fisherman and Utah has some well touted fly fishing. 2. Young Living does have one of their Lavender farms there. 3. the mountains and hiking are amazing. 4. Utah was a state we had not been to yet.

Travel days are usually not very fun and can be chalked up to a lost vacation day. I will say this travel day fared much better than most. We managed to have a flight with no plane change and land in Salt Lake City around 11:30AM; leaving us over half the day to get settled. We also pulled out of our garage 5 minutes before our preferred departure time, which had Mr. B just standing at the door scratching his head in confusion. Where was the commotion, the anxiety? It was almost unsettling how calm our travel day was.

Once we got our bags and rental car, we headed from SLC to Sundance. We stopped in Murray at Fashion Place Mall to grab some lunch at Chick-fil-a. We didn’t do any browsing while there, except when the glorious Lego store was spotted. I had no clue such things existed, and neither did Little B…his life is changed. We even let him pick out a set so he had it to work on for the week. From there we headed to the cabin, stopping at Sprouts to pick up our groceries for the week. I love when we’re able to rent with a kitchen, I feel so much better having home cooked meals…plus we’d rather spend our vacation $ on things other than restaurants.

On the way to the cabin all of us could not stop oohing and aahing at the magnificent mountain views. We were all very happy to see that the mountains were still snow capped. One of the things on my “to-do” list was Bridal Veil Falls. I was super excited when the pull off for it was on our way to the cabin! I know it’s vacation and all, but this girl just can’t resist the excitement of checking off an item on a to-do list.

The view from the mall. We couldn’t wait to head that direction!
Bridal Veil Falls

This waterfall is beautiful and I recommend taking a drive out to see it, if ever in the SLC area. It gets it’s name for it’s appearance…it looks like a long bride’s veil sweeping down the mountain. There were a lot of people there (but plenty of parking) taking pictures and climbing up the mountain. We decided the far away view was enough for us. Little B is quite the hiker and mountain climber, but it looked a little too rocky and steep for this mama’s liking.

I wasn’t okay with joining the masses and climbing this thing with Little B in tow. Can you spot the tourists?
We appreciated the view from the top parking lot, which was much less crowded.
This is the view across the highway from the falls.

After we took it all in, we loaded up and headed to the cabin. We were in the mountains (I mean, like really in the mountains) and remote. The area and the cabin were beautiful. We even had part of the river in our “backyard”. The only downside to staying in the mountains is your yard is typically a drop off down the side of a mountain ;). We had been told that it was hummingbird season and we had plenty of them on our back deck. We grilled some chicken with macaroni and cheese and steamed broccoli and settled in to our home for the week.

Conifer Creek Cabin courtesy of Stewart Mountain Lodging
Conifer Creek Cabin courtesy of Stewart Mountain Lodging. Every room had large windows with beautiful views.
Little B checking out nature.
So many hummingbirds!

Stay tuned for part two…


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