Utah 2009-02









 Utah Feb 2009

Locations: Midway, Park City,

Provo Canyon















For those who may remember last year's Utah trip, I continued my hard-to-believe-while-on-vacation escapade of getting up well before the crack of dawn to freeze my butt off to take pictures.  In the Midway area south of Park City and east of Provo, sub-zero temps generously helped a) me lose the feeling in my hands due to forgetting my fingerless gloves and b) create an ethereal landscape of hoar frost over every living thing.
















Mt Timpanogos, as seen from the little-known road to the little-known town of Wallsburg, rises strikingly from the valley floor.  6,000 feet to be precise and over nine miles away.  At least at this time the temp was two degrees.
















Provo Canyon (interestingly, right outside of Provo) is formed by Mt Timpanogos on the north and Cascade Peak, pictured here, to the south.  Due to a stubborn and persistent shadow that never fully retreated, I had this awesome view to drink in while my hands continued to freeze up.
















Never in my almost 400 days of skiing in Utah had I truly experienced crappy snow.  Until last week.  Now I can check this off of my list of things to never, ever experience again.  Any skiers (or, God forbid, snowboarders) reading this might say "Brad, a) you are just a snow-elitist, b) it couldn't have been that bad, c) I mean as compared to what, like skiing in Minnesota?".  No, yes and yes.


My parents though did take the kids and me on a tour of the Utah Olympic Park up the road from their house.  We watched lugers (or is it lugists?) whip by us at 75 mph and stood at the precipice of the 120 meter ski jump, pictured above.
















By this time in the morning, around 10am, my hands had begun to re-gain some feeling.  It was eight degrees after all, a far cry from minus two... isn't that like five times warmer?*  Anyway, the aforementioned hoar frost** was out in full force along the Middle Provo River above Deer Creek Reservoir. 


*Yes, I know, this is horribly incorrect.  Actually, eight degrees is only 1.022 times warmer than minus two.  This of course uses the Kelvin scale where absolute zero exists thus making it mathematically possible and accurate to compare two temperatures.  I think.


**Hoar frost occurs during clear, cold, humid and slightly breezy nights when objects, after becoming colder than the surrounding air when heat is lost to the clear skies, get water condensed on them from the saturated air.  Sorry, nothing funny here, just science.  It is probably correct too.
















The Swaner Nature Preserve, an area in Snyderville Basin where 1,200 acres have been set aside from development, permits an unobstructed view of the Utah Olympic Park.  This picture was taken at 8:30 at night and you can clearly see the effect of the massive clear metal halide lights on the bobsled/luge course behind the 120 meter ski jump.










Ahhh, my first decent three-image panorama of Mt Timpanogos.  While printable to 40 inches wide, I am not sure if my wife Kim wants this in the house.  Hmmm, maybe down in my man cave in the basement...








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