Well, we are officially back from vacation. Ahhh, glorious vacation. For those of you that weren't aware...In celebration of our fifth wedding anniversary Chris and I ventured down about 5 hours south of SLC to Boulder, Utah - nestled quietly between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon.
It is a beautiful and quiet town and they treated us, well, like we didn't exist - which is exactly what we wanted- to disappear for a few days. Now, thanks to Boulder, my shoulders are mush and our heads are clear. So here's a brief recap of the trip for those interested in our lives away from the shop.
We stayed at the lovely Boulder Mountain Lodge home to a peaceful bird sanctuary, stress relieving hot tub, and delicious Hell's Backbone Grill. We ate incredible and sustainable food - most of it, maybe even all of it, was grown/raised locally in town. The wait (even with a reservation) was longer than hoped for, but worth it because the food is so damn good. This place got most of our money while we were there, probably even more than the hotel itself.
When we weren't eating and drinking at Hell's Backbone, you could find us around the corner at the Burr Trail Grill where the service was friendly as could be and the food was just as fine. Seriously one of the best burgers I've EVER eaten. I dreamt about it last night.
At the suggestion of good friends and the front desk at the hotel we took a hike through Upper Calf Creek. This crazy hike was pretty intense for amateurs like us - but we saw these beautiful pools that kept pouring into one another via mini-waterfalls. From there we hiked down to the real magic, the larger of the falls where all of the pools eventually ended up. It was secluded and cool down there - full of lush greenery amidst desert boulders. It was so unreal - and a highlight of the trip for sure.
We did some senic driving on Hog's Back Road - super narrow and way high - I'm a nervous driver so this was pretty adventurous for me. We also went a ways down the unbelievable Burr Trail - if ever in the area don't miss this drive. Breathtaking is the only word that begins to do it justice. Although we did bail off that drive a little early as storm clouds loomed and I didn't want to get stuck out there in a storm.
We spent the rest of the time mostly doing nothing, and it felt great. We had amazing Red Rock beer keeping us company (thanks Chris H.) and that seemed to be enough to pass the time comfortably.
Thanks to all of you who tweeted in suggestions for the trip...and really to everyone who helped along the way. This was truly the best vacation ever - we can't wait to do it again!!