We rolled out of Arches National Park looking behind us the whole time- trying to catch a last glimpse of the park- until we came further into the mountain ranges of Utah.
snowman finally looks more at home with some snow in the background!
We spent the night in Park City with some more friends of Bruce's- Liam and MJ- who treated us to some epic floor space and a sweet tour of Park City. Bruce spent a winter working at the Canyons Resort, and he did an excellent job as tour guide and navigator. Lisa hadn't been feeling stellar, and was introduced to the miracles preformed by hot toddies- a little whiskey, hot water, honey and lemon makes anyone feel better!
We left late the next day, as we spent some time deliberating over whether or not to hike and ski some chutes in PC before hitting the road- but in the end, our desire to hit Cali prevailed, and we walked away from a bluebird day in Utah with minimal regrets.
Before crossing the salt flats, we HAD to stop for a hamburger at Hires Big H burger in Salt Lake City- recommended by Lisa and my's new favorite website, www.roadfood.com . Road Food lists the best places to go and eat in certain areas. The website listed Hires as a detour worthy of planning a day around- a must for sure!
Hires still rocked the 50's feel- you could park in the parking lot and have food served to you in your car, or you could walk inside to place your order. We all opted for the original Big H burger, complete with fry sauce (a Hires speciality) and the add on of pickles. The service was good, the burgers delicious, and the lemon coke/ cherry limeade made the stop more then worth it!
We continued on, crossing the salt flats, and passed a truck carrying the largest tires I have ever seen. Even after a wikipedia session, I still struggle to understand the need for tires possessing such and extravagant radius.
We continued driving west into one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen- as the sierra's came into view, I had to pull the car over to take a few shots...
Roadtrip mobile driving into the wild west
First California sunset of many
We finally rolled into Tahoe to crash on Rodney, Kyle, and Trav's floor around 10:30- Stoked on phase one of the road trip and excited for what was to come in the next two weeks!