Golf, Salt Lake City and one stupid GPS


Salt Lake City, UT — Wednesday marked the peak in my trip.

I got up early and headed for Salt Lake City, which is as far west as I’ll go on this journey.

I stopped in Roosevelt to play nine holes of golf before making the rest of the 134-mile journey.

It was a perfect day out. No wind and temperatures that reached 70 degrees.

I stopped in Park City, which is about 20 miles east of Salt Lake City, for some lunch. Park City is a big ski resort town, but the weather was way too nice to do any skiing. I stopped at Wasatch Brewing company and had some drinks before making my way to the Blue Iguana for a Mexican lunch. The carnitas burrito is something you wouldn’t find at any Chipotle. This was the real deal Mexican food.

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Jalapeño cream ale beer. Wasatch Brewing Company uses 110 pounds of jalapeños in every batch of this kind of beer.

After lunch, I walked around the town a little bit, just seeing what was going on. After I had enough, I waddled back to my car to finish the drive to Salt Lake City.

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Downtown Park City, Utah.
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The next two photos are some views from Mountains Dell Golf Course.

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Of course, though, I had to play more golf. I stopped at Mountain Dell Golf Course, which is 10 miles outside the downtown area and played nine more holes.

Walking that many holes in one day, especially this second course with all the hills, is something that would be difficult even if I was in shape! Still, it didn’t affect my golf game much. I’m in peak form!

After I was done, and sunburned, I finally made my way into the city. Finding my hotel was not easy in the slightest because my car’s GPS decided to flip out and send me on a wild goose chase. I knew I wasn’t anywhere close to my hotel, but once I exited off the Interstate, I couldn’t find my damn way back on and my GPS did not help me. Once I pulled over, collected my thoughts and figured that the freeway ran east-west, I headed west — parallel to it — and finally found the enter ramp.

After checking in, the day in the sun got to me, but I muscled up the strength to drive out to see the Great Salt Lake. Wow, it truly was scenic and cool to see. It’s not the biggest body of water in the United States, but with the sun shining and the mountains surrounding it — on a perfect day like Wednesday — it was awesome.18222639_1533998559965041_5527045651100762963_n.jpg

I got back to my room and wanted some simple food and to watch the NBA and NHL playoffs, so I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for a snack. If you’ve never had fireball and ginger ale — as a mixed drink — it’s something that will refresh the pallet after a long day.

All in all, Wednesday was a mother tremendous day — except for the GPS fiasco — but if you stop, take a breath and live in the moment, you can find your way.

Thursday’s adventure is Jackson, Wyoming!

Safe travels!

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Adventure and trying new things


NAPLES, UT — Wow. That’s all I can say about today’s travel from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Naples, Utah.

The scenery was incredible.

I was up early this morning and headed on my way to Laporte for breakfast at Vern’s Place. I had his “world famous” cinnamon roll, which was pretty damn good, and the Yard Bird skillet. The skillet was filled with country potatoes, cheese, house-smoked chicken (PHENOMENAL) and topped with two fried eggs and Colorado’s famous green chili.18222468_1532147440150153_1050931315432266715_n.jpg

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It was one of the best breakfast items I’ve ever had in my life. It was that good.

After I ate almost all of it, I wanted to take a nap, not drive over 300 miles. But I mustered up the strength to get into my car and get on my way.

I traveled through all of Roosevelt National Forest, which spans over 90 miles through the mountains. I stopped frequently to take pictures and take in the fresh air. If you’ve never been in the middle of nowhere before, there certainly is a big difference in air quality.

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The river that runs through Roosevelt National Forest.

I made it through the forest and stopped in Walden to pick up some ice and cold drinks for later tonight. To my surprise, after stopping, I ran into another national forest, Routt National Forest. I must have missed it when I was planning my trip, but there it was, right on Highway 40.18194944_1532147663483464_7594010788212078007_n.jpg

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It was a breathtaking journey for the next 30 miles. I was traveling in the mountains after a freshly fallen snow the night before. Road conditions were tremendous and the road was already plowed, which is more than I can say for roads in Minnesota.

After traveling through the mountains, I passed through Steamboat Springs, which is a huge resort town for winter skiing.

I stopped for lunch in Craig at JW’s Snack Bar and Grill and had myself a catfish po’ boy sandwich. This happened to be the first time I ever had catfish and it was pretty good. I would probably eat it again.

After that, I hopped back in my car, cranked up the music and headed for the Utah border.

Today was a day of adventure and trying new things. I never had green chili before or catfish, but I would have both again if I get the opportunity. The adventure was driving through the mountains and exploring what this great country has to offer. If I ever come back in the summer time, I would maybe like to hike some of the trails and reach some of the peaks.

But, for now, I’ll stick to my car.

Since I’m in Utah, it’s time to root on the Jazz in their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.

Headed for Salt Lake City tomorrow!

On the road to somewhere


Custer, SD — After having fun last night, I woke up this morning feeling somewhat refreshed, even after drinking the night before.

I had breakfast at Schmidtmans, then showered, packed my bags and hopped in the car to begin the second stage of my trip to Custer, South Dakota.

The drive was over 350 miles, so that meant significant time in the car. However, I really enjoyed the drive. Once I got to Chamberlain, the drive seemed to fly by. Chamberlain is where the Missouri River runs through South Dakota on Interstate 90 and started the beginning of The Badlands and leads into The Black Hills.

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The Missouri River.

What a great drive. Honestly, it was an awesome time. I spent time flipping between music and audiobooks. This is great country.

I stopped in the famous town of Wall and had an old-fashioned chocolate malt at the Wall Drug Store. I also bought some gifts for some pretty good prices.IMG_3300

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The “main drag” of Wall, South Dakota.

Once I got to Rapid City, the mountains became more noticeable and really stood out. I headed south to Custer and it was a great 40-mile drive through the mountains and several small towns.

When I arrive in Custer, I checked into my hotel and got all settled. I walked down the main drag, which is about half a mile to the Pizza Mill, which I picked out beforehand. I ordered a personal pan pizza, and it was fabulous. They even had Summer Shandy in this small restaurant that didn’t seat more than 20 people.IMG_3316

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Walking up and down main street, these people live a simple life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it makes me wonder, “Would I like that, too, someday?”

I certainly think I would like it, but for now, I’ll stick to what I have going on.

You’ll hear more from me tomorrow!