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Utah Recap Part II {Fun in Park City}!

I’m back today recapping the second part of our Utah trip, Park City!

After all of the adventuring in southern Utah it was time to head up to Park City!  We rented a condo and were excited to explore the area and spend time with friends. Park City is generally known for it’s skiing and snowboarding, but I thought Fall was the perfect time to visit!  The aspen tree foliage was just stunning.

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Thursday was our first full day in Park City.  That morning, some of my friends had arrived for my friend Annika’s wedding, and I was excited to have some ‘girl time.’

Thursday morning included Pilates at 9:00 AM (an hour long class taught be a bridesmaid that’s a certified Pilates instructor) #amazing.  She taught the class at the (massive, beautiful) house the bride’s family was renting. I never do pilates, so I was feeling the burn!

Early afternoon Thursday I was itching to go for a run (what else is new) and I had Todd drop me off at the Mid Mountain Trail at Deer Valley Resort.  It was about a 15 minute drive to the start of the trail and while a little tricky to find at first, but I finally found it. It was a well marked trail, which started right near the resort. Aspen tree foliage was abundant throughout my run and the trails were well maintained. It is a popular mountain biking trail, so I had to move out of the way at times for bikers. Running the mid mountain trail wasn’t easy! Given the elevation being approximately 7,000 feet (I live at sea level), it generated a little more ‘huffing and puffing’ than usual.  I ran for 1 hour 10 minutes and it was glorious… mmm the FRESH air was fantastic. I seriously felt like I could eat the air, ha ha. There is actually a Mid Mountain Trail Marathon every year, sign me up!

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Thursday late afternoon, we all met for a couple’s hike, led by the bride to be.  Me and Todd plus some of my girlfriends and their spouses hiked the Jenni’s Trail from the main Park City resort.  It was about 3 miles round trip and was so great to catch up with friends along the way.

photos below courtesy of my friend Megan:)

Thursday evening came quick and it was time to get ready for Annika’s Bachelorette Party!  A few of her Salt Lake City friends rented a house and we had the party there before going out later in the evening.  It was so much fun to have some girl time! We also had delicious Mexican food for dinner, sooo good!

On Friday we had the day to ourselves, and we decided to check out the Wasatch National Forest for a hike!  The Red Pine Lake trail was recommended to us, and we were told it was one of the BEST hikes in the area. The hike included two lakes, Lower Red Pine Lake and Upper Red Pine Lake.  It was about 3 miles to Lower Red Pine and an additional ~1 mile to Upper Red Pine.  Round trip the hike was around 8 miles. I know I say this all the time, but this was honestly one of the MOST beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on.  I felt like I was in a commercial.

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Lower Red Pine Lake

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The view from near Upper Red Pine, just WOW!

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Lower Red Pine Lake below (where we just hiked from).  The last mile up to this point was very challenging for us, due to the elevation being close to 10,000 feet.  We were feeling it!

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Enjoying lunch back at Lower Red Pine

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Bonus… we saw a moose on the way down!

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Friday night we met up with some of my college friends for dinner and drinks at High West Distillery.  I’m not a Whisky drinker, but Todd enjoyed trying a flight:) Such a fun place for dinner if you are ever in Park City!

Saturday, Annika’s wedding day, started as a rainy day… like really rainy. It rained ALL day long. I went to the local gym to spin on the bike for 1.5 hours, then went home to shower, got my hair done and it was off to the wedding!

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The wedding. It was a gorgeous wedding and despite the rain (and chilly temperatures), everyone made the best of it! Her wedding venue was the Red Cliff Ranch and it was just beautiful.

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I felt so sorry for Annika and her husband, Zac. You could see the vision they had (without rain) and to have it be soaking rain, it was so sad!  However, they are the most positive people on the planet and they really didn’t let it ruin their day! We all danced until the late hours, enjoyed spiked apple cider, a smore bar, yummy food and laughs with friends!

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We ate dinner in a barn! So cool!

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Danced the night away in cowboy boots!

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Girls from college:)

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Me & my friend Laura

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Me & my friend Deena

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We all stayed and danced until the wedding was over… so much fun! Lucky for us, we got to sleep in on Sunday because we had a red eye flight back to Boston.  Todd and I were definitely tired, so it was nice to be able to have the day and relax. We went to brunch at Annika’s parents house.. which included Green Smoothies! Annika’s Mom manages a chain of smoothie stores, so it was incredible.

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Well that’s a wrap… I must say, we absolutely maximized our time in Utah! I am still thinking about how much FUN it was! I can’t wait to go back one day.

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Hailey October 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Wow those are beautiful trails! So fun that you got to do so many things while there- your friend really knows how to plan the wedding festivities!:)

    • Reply Kristin October 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you… and yes so many gorgeous trails out there. I was in heaven!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead October 8, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Looks like a great trip overall! Bummer about the rain on your friend’s wedding day.

    • Reply Kristin October 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Cassie! It was awesome!

  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles October 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, your pics are amazing and I loved reading your recaps, it looks like it was an incredible vacation and wedding. I need to get out to Utah (and I think you should run that marathon there!!)

    • Reply Kristin October 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Sara! It was an awesome vacation! And yes you do need to get out to Utah:) Would love to do the mid mountain marathon one day, or any type of trail marathon for that matter.

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust October 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I love all the aspen trees (my favorite). The trails there look beautiful and I can’t believe what nice weather you had – makes all the difference. What kind of hiking boots do you have? They look tough!

    It looks like your friend’s wedding was beautiful, despite the rain. Some people would not fair well with that, so it’s good that they are positive people. Your dress was so cute!

    • Reply Kristin October 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      I love the aspen trees too! So pretty! We really had awesome weather, definitely lucked out! My hiking boots are by Vasque, they are awesome (and hardcore, lol). I actually need a new pair because the tread is totally worn down.

      My friend’s wedding was beautiful!! She really made the best of it, despire the weather:) And thanks about my dress!

  • Reply Kecia October 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    What the perfect vacation!! Nature, friends, new adventures, Pilates, running, hiking…a mix of awesome!! Makes me want to take a vacation 😉

    • Reply Kristin October 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Honestly Kecia, it was the perfect vacation. Seriously, all of my favorite things combined into one week. Still riding the high from such a great trip!

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life October 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I have never been to the part of the country, but your photos and trip report make me want to visit! I think I will tuck that idea away for future planning! Thanks for sharing your adventures and gorgeous pictures!

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