There is something magical about Autumn in Brighton, Utah. The light is clearer, things look crisper, and the colors are magnetic. I always feel more energetic with a fresh sense of change coming on. Last weekend the family spent a few days up at Big Cottonwood Canyon at Alpine Creek #3, a vacation rental condo that we manage at Solitude Ski resort. We got up there at about 10:00 am and after putting our belongings and groceries away, we hiked for a few hours – beginning right out of our door and up the ski hill. The leaves are turning fast and I suspect they’ll peak in the next few weeks. We walked right down the hill and had a lovely lunch at Kimi Mountain Bistro and then came back to the condo and took a family nap. This is a family ritual when we travel together. Why? Because we can. Since we had awakened at different times, our afternoon was turned into a lazy day of reading and knitting until Zoe could stand it no more and went back out to take photos of the surrounding village. She was reminded of the pool and hottub at Club Solitude and added that to her list of “must do’s”. That evening we enjoyed grilled salmon and quinoa salad and ate on the deck until it got too nippy. That was when we went inside to play games-another family ritual. I had packed Bananagrams and a deck of cards, and we were soon intensely engaged. Apples to Apples is another favorite and always brings out new insights into our kids’ unfolding personalities. Zoe is sixteen and Addison is eighteen and I am often amazed at what great people they are turning out to be-most of the time.
The next morning while the kids slept in, Jay and I got up and went for another hike and watched the sun warm the mountain. When we got back, the kids were gone but we found them sitting in the hot tub at Club Solitude. After a plate of gluten free pancakes (Jay has celiac disease) prepared by yours truly, we decided to attempt Frisbee golf. This seemed like a simple enough game. We got the necessary discs, bought our lift ticket and rode up to the first tee. The kids were relieved to be golfing down the hill rather than up. After many lost discs, we golfed our way back down to the village and had lunch at the Stone Haus. We lamented that it was almost time to pack up and get back to real life but vowed we would do this again soon. After a rejuvenating family nap we were ready to tackle a week of work, tests, and lacrosse games. None of us were terribly hungry so we hobbled together what was left in the fridge and had a simple dinner and a played a few more games. I am smiling as I recall that perfect weekend. I wonder now if it was the turn to Autumn that was so magical or that we have a pretty great family! Both, I think.
Oh, and if you’re looking for special Fall Deals for our Utah vacation home rentals, call me (Adrienne) at 801.824.4700 and mention the ad. In return, I’ll offer you 15% OFF a 3-night night stay at any available vacation rental home. Hurry, though. We can only offer this deal until October 31, 2011.