Monday, November 20, 2017

Ski Resort in Review - Alta

Last year Ada and I skied all 14 ski resorts in Utah.  Now (about a year later) I'm going to post some pics and a quick review of our ski days.

Resort #1 - Alta

Date - December 3, 2016

Runs - 4

Rating - ¶ (out of 5 stars)

Alta gave us the nearly perfect first day of skiing for the year.  Not every run was open, but I only purchased a pass that allowed us on the Sunnyside lift.  We skied 5.4 miles in about 2.5 hours.







Next: Powder Mountain

Sunday, November 12, 2017

San Diego - January

In January, Alison and I took a quick trip to San Diego with some good friends. 


We flew on Allegiant out of the Provo airport.


First order of business was some golfing at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.


Alison and Rachel.


It's only Alison's 3rd time golfing, but she already has the swagger.


More selfies than golfing.




Some pro golfers.


Now some pics of some real pro golfers. We went to the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.  It was fun to follow some of the famous golfers around.  Above is Dustin Johnson.



El tigre.  We were lucky because it turns out that this was the only tournament Tiger would play in 2017.


Alison and Rachel can make friends anywhere.


Phil Mickelson.



We spent two days at the golf tourney, then made our way to my favorite restaurant in San Diego, Miguel's Cocina, where they give you free queso! The nachos were great too.


We flew home on Sunday, but not before getting some photos of the wildlife.


Good sports to join in.


I'm oddly attracted to that horse.



All of us.


Finally home on Allegiant. The Provo airport was great, but probably not worth driving down from SLC unless you got a real killer deal.


No words.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Houston Trip - IAH-SLC

Day 6 - Houston to SLC - January 16, 2017

Time to head home.


One last goodbye with our favorite animal friends.


This was a nice gesture.  We don't usually get too angry about babies on our flights.  We've been there.  Except Alison.  She gets mad at noisy babies.


Ice cream on our layover in Denver. 

Now onto blogging about our next trip.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Houston Trip - Day 5

Day 6 - George H. W. Bush Library at Texas A&M - January 16, 2017

Another low-key day.


Starting the morning with some game time on their kindles.



Lunch at Star Pizza, a halfway decent pizza buffet.  Ada loaded up on the salad.


All of us (except Ada) made our way to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.  Alison and I have been to a few other Presidential Museums and we really enjoy them (Truman, JFK & LBJ).



Selfie with old 41 himself.





That night Hyrum had to fly out on some international adventure and we all went to eat dinner at my favorite Tex-Mex place in Houston, El Tiempo Cantina.  I think it's about time I made my way back...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Houston Trip - Day 4

Day 4 - Sunday in Houston - January 15, 2017

Today was a relaxing Sunday.  We went to church.  Poor Hyrum is the bishop, so he was stuck at church far longer than the rest of us.


We went for a walk through the Houston Heights.  We love looking at the beautiful homes in this area.


And, Sunday dinner.


Lovely.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Houston Trip - New Orleans

Day 3 - New Orleans and the Swamp - January 14, 2017

Yep, I'm a bit behind. But yet I continue.


Once we were ready we checked out of our hotel and made our way back downtown.  We swung through the 9th ward that had been damaged from Hurricane Katrina way back in 2005.  There were still a lot of vacant lots and areas where nothing had been rebuilt.


We visited Lafayette Cemetery.  It was beautiful with the magnolia trees and above ground graves and crypts.






A few mug shots.




Next stop on our journey back to Houston was a swamp tour at Lake Martin.



It was really cool.  We jumped on a boat with about 15 of our new closest friends and motored around the lake.  We saw lots of crocodiles, turtles, birds and spooky swampy areas.











We stopped for dinner in Lafayette at a creperie.  No complaints from the girls on this meal.



No drive in Texas would be complete without a stop at Buc-ee's.  This place was huge.  More than 100 fuel pumps.


We finally arrived back in Houston after 11.  Sleepyheads.