Aug 28, 2014

Lela & Erin Take Utah | Part 2

The last two days of our girl's trip were jam packed (I'm actually still feeling the effects from all the fun, which I'll get into later).  Okie dokie, so Saturday morning we got dressed and drove up to Park City for the day.  YOU GUYS, the greenness!  Green, green, GREEN.  California is all lovely shades of brown right now so we were flipping out over the green mountains filled with wildflowers and white aspen.  Again, Utah is starting to look real enticing.  We rode the Alpine slides and coaster and had a lovely lunch up in a mountain resort.  Truffle fries, guys - that's all you need to know. 

 After lunch we drove the long way home through the Alpine Loop.  The views were magical.  It was torture to narrow down the pictures, but it was beautiful.  Trust me.  We passed through Sundance, saw several waterfalls, stopped and peed in the bushes, and inhaled every last drop of mountain air.  We arrived home in time for dinner and then snuck over to the Waffle Luv truck to try it out.  Ya'll were right!  Those waffles are to figure out how to make a replica. 

 We woke up early Sunday morning and headed to SLC to hear the Tabernacle Choir sing at Music and The Spoken Word - Where I learned that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for almost 85 years, has been a phenomenon of broadcasting, with the longest continuous broadcast on the air.  Man they're good!  We toured the convention center with my family, who met us there Sunday afternoon en route to dropping off my youngest sister, Christina, off at BYU to start college.  Crazy! 

 Three generations of Lelas!  Mavis Lela, Laura Lela, and me!

 We headed back to Highland to have dinner with our gracious and wonderful hosts, the Meilsoes.  I love them so much!  I was joking that we stayed at the best European bed and breakfast in town (they're from Denmark and England) and I dubbed it "Meilsoe manor."  After dinner we sat out and watched the sunset and rainbows race through the quickly changing sky. 
 Then the moment the sun went down we got caught outside in the craziest hail storm of all time.  Luckily we were covered but it was SO loud and shocking.  We were all screaming and freaking out - because, ya know, weather is exciting stuff to us Californians. 

We headed for home Monday morning and that's when the catastrophic effects began that I mentioned earlier.  I had horrible altitude sickness and sinus inflammation from bouncing around high elevations (plus I have terrible sinuses already - even after surgery).  The ride home was brutal.  Poor Erin had a terrible cough and was in terrible pain in her ribs from coughing so much.  We basically came straight home and both went to the doctor.  I'm feeling much better today.  Was it worth it?  Heck yes!! 

Thank you to Sean for being the best husband and father and taking time off to let this happen.  Thank you to Erin for being the best road tripping partner and friend in all the land.  Thank you to the Meilsoes for letting us stay in your heavenly home in Highland and thanks to my family for meeting up with us and making the trip that much better.  Love your faces!!!

The End. 

Aug 26, 2014

Lela & Erin Take Utah | Part 1

Might I suggest?  If you plan to go on a road trip; take someone who is hilarious and who loves to sing along to the same music.  It makes it awesome.  Erin and I have road tripped before, but this was a legit, well planned girl's trip.  The moment we got word from Sean that he could take off work for us to go, we sat down and plotted out all things we wanted to do.  Food being a vital part of all planning - because, duh.  We spent five fabulous days bouncing around the beautiful mountains of Utah, and I'm sure I'm a better mom and human because of it.  I'm splitting our trip into two posts so it's not exhaustingly long. 

We arrived to big, shiny, cloud-filled skies and even caught a rainstorm in Erin's in-laws backyard (where we stayed).  The weather was crazy the whole time.  Thunderstorms, lightning, rain, hail and rainbows.  I kid you not, we were wildly lucky with weather (we must've brought that from San Diego) because we never got caught outside when it was stormy.  It would always clear up for our outdoor adventures.  Winning. 

 We hiked up to the Mount Timpanogos caves early the next morning after arrving.  The views were breathtaking.  Literally.  We just happen to be "sea level" girls and our lungs were hating us the whole hike up.  We survived the hike and it was worth every last breath.  I wish I could take-in all the smells and mountain views and just share that whole entire experience with you all.  Alas, some things just have to live within ourselves - forever etched as bright joyous memories. 

 After our hike we inhaled delicious sandwiches (and this Neapolitan), bathed in luxurious bathtubs, got pedicures, went to a nice Italian dinner and then did a little shopping before heading home to watch Maleficent in their home theater.  How does everyone outside of California have a home theater?  For some of those moments up there, I was imagining a life in the mountains for my family.  I just couldn't believe what kind of home and lifestyle you can get for insanely great prices there.  I was slightly dreading coming home to my old, overpriced rental after being so spoiled.  Why San Diego?  WHY must you be so crazy expensive?
 We started Friday morning with a trip to Young Living headquarters.  We were taken on a private tour before loading up on all our favorites.  It made me love being a part of such an amazing company.  Everyone there felt like family and Erin and I had a heyday with the wall of oils. Junkies. 

Next stop - Downtown Salt Lake City.  I haven't been to Temple Square since I was a child and it has changed SO much.  This was the first time I actually went in the temple and it was like coming home.  Such a beautiful and spiritual place.  As many times as I've seen it and walked around it, it still takes my breath away.  For a building that took 40 years to build and is over 121 years old - it's truly remarkable.  I took way too many pictures of the grounds, the convention center and temple itself. Religious or not - If you go to SLC you have to experience it.  Some of the best architecture in the world is all right there.  


 We escaped an afternoon rain shower at a little place called Eva's Bakery around the corner from the temple.  This came recommended by my pal Whitney (who just happens to be the genius behind my favorite cookbook).  The cafĂ© was so cute and the food was delish!

You know that same pal Whitney?  We met up with her for dinner at Red Iguana for some bomb horchata and nachos.  We shut the place down.  Girl's have a unique talent for gabbing for hours on end.  This was actually our first time meeting in real life.  We became virtual friends through our mutual friend, Lizzy and we quickly realized we we're soul sistas.  She's a keeper. 
That's it for the first half of our girl's trip.  More exciting adventures to come soon....