The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. I love it- it’s such a low key holiday, all about enjoying time outside, bbqs, fireworks and time with friends. Usually I’m in Richfield for the normal traditions of the street dance, parade, Mom’s birthday party and fireworks at Veterans Park. This year, I got to make some new plans and try out some new things. It was a weekend filled with plenty of variety, just the way I like it.
Friday, both Chris and I were off work and spent most of the day at the Canyons. Chris went for a long hike and I went mountain biking with Anthony and Jeanna. We went home, showered and went out to dinner then took the bus back to the Canyons for fireworks and live music. We left a car there after biking to use to drive home after the fireworks. During the fireworks, Jeanna realized she forgot the keys to the car we left there, so we ended up walking about 2 miles home – oops! It was an unexpected adventure!
Saturday morning (the 4th). I had to work at Starbucks. It was so busy!! It was not really that fun. I heard many, “I’m sorry you have to work today! It’s so sad that you’re going to miss the parade! The Park City Parade is so great, and you’re working!!” I wanted to reply with “If you don’t come buy coffee, we’d have no business today and would be closed- therefore I could go to the parade.” But just smiled, with “Maybe next year!” In order to guarantee time off at Christmas to go home, I pretty much will sacrifice other holidays. I would much rather be home for a week at Christmas than be home for the 4th, I reminded myself of that as I looked at the line out the door.
We then went to a dinner BBQ at Jeff and Erin’s house before heading to City Park to watch the fireworks. Here’s our spot. Doesn’t quite get as crowded as Veterans Park, but has a pretty cool view of Park City Mountain Resort.
We did route climbing- which means you’re climbing up a route with a rope. Until today, I’ve only done bouldering, where you’re climbing big boulders with a crash pad and no rope. Route climbing is a little more scary because you’re just that much more off the ground. We climbed the rock to the right of the creek- the area we climbed is called Dogwood.
Here’s Jeanna! She’s an all star at climbing outside- she knew a lot about setting up the ropes and routes. I’m so used the the ropes already set up in the climbing gym, that I have no idea how to set up a climbing route outside. Basically there’s bolts in the rock (put there by other climbers) and you have to hook carabiners into them as you climb up. I don’t do this part though- it’s pretty advanced. Someone else can do it and you can leave the setup there for others (like me!) to use.
After climbing, I went golfing- and didn’t take that many photos; actually none of myself. I had a headache most of the time, which made me not a very good golfer. I think I lost 3 balls into the bushes or the water. I wasn’t feeling that photogentic- sorry! We did rent a golf cart this time- that thing is fun to drive! I should have taken photos of myself in cart #151. Here’s Brownie- doesn’t she look good in her cute plaid shorts??