Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Flowers and a Dream...

We spent last week in Park City, Utah so our daughter could attend harp camp. It was an awesome week for her. She met a lot of other young harpists (a rare event, as you may guess, since there aren't a lot of harpists) and was able to work with world renowned harpist and the head of the University of Arizona Harp Department, Carrol McLaughlin. It was a an intense and exciting week of workshops, concerts, and fun.

When I wasn't sitting in on workshops, my husband and I were off hiking, biking or sight seeing. What a gorgeous place! It is so green and beautiful and there are more kinds of wild flowers blooming than I could count. I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few kinds of flowers that I had never seen before...




The natural landscape was stunning but the man made landscaping was beautiful too. Everything was kept up so beautifully. The Columbine flowers and Lupines were soooo pretty. I never knew they came in so many colors. Here are some that were growing in a flowerbed by the park and library...


Here's a Peony outside our hotel. They were so big...this is just one flower in my hand. So pretty! They don't grow here where I live so these were such a treat. They smelled pretty too.


We had one of the most awesome mountain bike rides ever. We rode the Beaver Creek Trail just outside of Heber City. It was so pretty! I have seen pictures of Aspen groves and single track trails for years and dreamed of riding in a place like that but never had the chance until last week. Wow! There were so many great things to see. The trail ran along a river (sometimes next to it and sometimes above it), There was green and flowers everywhere; more puff balls (dandelions) than I'd ever seen in one place; there were Beaver damms and ponds they had created; even cows...in the forest...that was weird but interesting to see. I just wonder how the ranchers find all their cows when they are so spread out and wandering through the trees like that. They were kinda scarry to come upon on the trail too cuz they were sooo big! The trail was a fairly steady uphill climb for miles but the pretty stuff kept me going. The uphill made for a super fun ride back down. It was so awesome! Here's a picture of me living a dream on my bike...


Here's another picture of a gorgeous Aspen and Pine forest from a hike at the Park City Ski Resort...


Tomorrow...pictures from the Sundance Resort. And, later this week I'll post pictures from this last weekend and what turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime!!!

2 comments:

theysaywordscanbleed said...

that trail looks breathtaking!

arlene,
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Sel and Poivre said...

What an addition to your lovely trip - knowing your daughter was having such a great opportunity to learn and grow as a musician!