Quick Trip Home To See The Kids While Mike & Lucy Stay In Utah

We continued our travels northward, moving through Utah.  Stopped for a few days at the lovely Strawberry Bay Reservoir Campground.  We nabbed a great first come-first serve spot on the hill overlooking the lake and had the whole campground to ourselves during the week.

Strawberry Bay Campground

Strawberry Bay Campground

But the place completely filled-up on the weekend.  It’s a popular fishing spot and it was Memorial weekend.  The weather was kind of rainy, but the fisherpeople went fishing anyway.   I felt bad for the folks in tents.

Going Fishing

Going Fishing

One morning we woke up to see a layer of fog on the water.  It burned off pretty quickly, but I thought it looked really cool.

Fog on Strawberry Bay

Fog on Strawberry Bay

We moved over to Jordanelle State Park because I was flying out of Salt Lake City to take a quick trip home to California.  Mike and Lucy needed a comfortable place to hang out while I was gone.  We reserved a nice spot on the lake that was so pretty I was bummed that I wouldn’t be there to enjoy it!

Jordanelle State Park

Jordanelle State Park

Jordanelle State Park is very close to Park City.  When I returned from California, we enjoyed a day walking around town and having lunch on the outside patio for Bandits Grill.  Park City has many dog-friendly outdoor seating eateries which is good news for us because we like to take Lucy with us when we go out.

Park City - Bandits Grill and Bar

Park City – Bandits Grill and Bar

We took a drive to Olympic Village and watched skiers practice jumps and flips.  At the Olympic Park Training Center they land in a pool.  Just before the skier hits the water, it looks like turbo air jets turn on in the pool.  I imagine they do that to help the fully clothed athlete return to the surface of the water.  Then, they go up the ski lift and do it again … soaking wet.  Brrrrrr.

Skiing down the training slope

Skiing down the training slope

Skier mid-flip, turbo jets on in pool

Skier mid-flip, turbo jets on in pool

Skier post-flip, approaching water

Skier post-flip, approaching water

That was fun to watch, but even MORE fun to watch was my grandchildren.  I arranged my trip home to coincide with my granddaughter Kailyn’s school play.  It was a full production of “My son, Pinnochio”, complete with a number of acts, various set changes, an intermission, and a curtain call.  This was Kailyn’s first stage play and she had two solo numbers!  They obviously recognized her talent!

Kailyn

Kailyn sings

Kailyn emerges from the "Perfect Child" machine

Kailyn emerges from the “Perfect Child” machine

My granddaughter Paige made the All Star Softball Team and I was able to attend one of her championship tournaments.  Her Moorpark team was then, and still is, undefeated this season (currently at 25-0).  So exciting to watch these girls play so well.

Paige receiving another tournament trophy

Paige receiving another tournament trophy

Lance and Kimberly with Paige

Lance and Kimberly with Paige

Paige also received the “Spirit Award” this weekend.  That is an honor that is given to one of the players on her team by the opposing team.

Proud dad with his "Spirit Award" winning daughter!

Proud dad with his “Spirit Award” winning daughter!

I must brag a little more because Paige has also received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence (Straight A’s all year), as well as the Gold Award for Physical Fitness from her school.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellent and the Gold Award for Physical Fitness

Presidential Award for Academic Excellent and the Gold Award for Physical Fitness

Lest we forget our handsome boys .. Garrett is also an over-achiever in academics and sports.  I attended one of his baseballs games, which are soooooo fun.  I love watching him pitch.  He’s so good!  He’s also a fantastic hitter.  He was just named for the All Star team (as expected), but he declined so that he could come out to spend 5 weeks traveling with us this summer.  We are very excited about that.  He starts high school next year, so who knows if we’ll ever again get the opportunity to have him all to ourselves for that long.

Garrett gets the sign

Garrett gets the sign

Strike!

Strike!

Our oldest grandson Blake is still handsome as ever.  He’s 16 now!  He’s our soccer player and will be a junior in high school next year.  Oh my gosh, where does the time go.  I snapped this picture of Blake and his girlfriend.  It just occurred to me that she must be really tall because Blake is 6 feet.  I guess I never stood right next to her to make me realize her height.  Lucky girl!

A couple of cuties!

A couple of cuties!

The only picture missing is our littlest grandson Brady.  But I will see him tomorrow when he comes out to visit for a week with sister Kailyn and daddy Sean.  We’ll be touring Yellowstone with them.  Can’t wait!  Hope the rain goes away.

11 thoughts on “Quick Trip Home To See The Kids While Mike & Lucy Stay In Utah

  1. I can’t tell that you’re a very proud grandmother….LOL. Have a fantastic time visiting Yellowstone with family. I look forward to hearing all about it 🙂

  2. Boy! You ain’t a proud grandma are you??? They are all precious and as you blink, they are all grown up…. I know that you and Mike will enjoy the ones that are coming out this week…. keep those picts a comin girl….

    Maynard

  3. Hi guys! Looks like you are having a great time! We are still considering a motorhome this summer. Where are you staying in Yellowstone? Was it hard to get reservations in the summer? Still concerned about the park fees. Do you have ways to get a discount? Hugs! Enjoying your blog! Cathie and Tom/INTERLUDE

    • Hi Cathie! We are staying at Henry’s Lake State Park in Idaho. It is about 15 miles to West Yellowstone. Couldn’t get into the campgrounds inside Yellowstone because of our size. We get into all National Parks for free with our Senior Pass. Best $10 investment we ever made! So we drive into the park daily to explore different areas. It really is an amazing park!

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