We were greeted this morning by a hot air balloon cruising overhead as we left to go to Park City, UT. It was a long drive around Mt. Timpanogos, east on highway 189 and then north. We passed by Bridal Veil Falls and the Provo River. Park City is on the opposite side of the Wasatch Mountains from Salt Lake City.
It is an old mining town transformed to high end shopping attraction and was the hub of tourism for the 2002 Winter Olympics. There was a metal sculpture of the Olympic flame as we entered town, and groomed ski runs all over the mountains.
We knew there was an Elks lodge in town, and kept our eyes peeled as we window shopped through the lovely restored buildings of historic Main Street. When we found it we were disappointed to find that they are only open on meeting night.
The shops were high end and filled with local artisans in the cheery turn of the century buildings. There were sculptures and plaques all over to remind us of their beginnings.
On our return, we visited with the bartender of the Provo lodge to share what we’ve seen and to see if he had any other ideas for us. The evening’s weather brought some wind and rain even though it had been a 95° day.