Finding New Routes on a Whim...Provo Canyon, Park CIty and Midway, Utah
|The Wasatch Mountains from our campsite.|
So what did we do?
|Our spacious site at Utah Lake State Park.|
Utah Lake State Park is a nice place to stay to check out the city. We were still living with our heads in the clouds of small town living and, between our recent stays in the small towns of Mancos and Moab, we were overwhelmed with the idea of traffic, big box stores, traffic and chain restaurants. However, we were thrilled to find out that the area is pretty bike friendly...and found an off-the-street bike path that ran all the way from our campground into the city. Additionally, the campground is on the outskirts of the city and has a nice country charm to it.
|Scenes from the bike trail near Utah Lake.|
|On the Provo River Parkway.|
|Our camp site at Wasatch State Park in Midway, Utah.|
Second, we found out that Midway is a quaint little town that drew Swiss immigrants to its rugged beauty back in the 1860-70's. And it's kept that Swiss charm which is displayed in the architecture and hospitality. And here's the important part...despite it having a population of less than 2,500 people, it still manages to have at least 3 excellent restaurants, a great coffee shop, a professional 18-hole golf course and a "hot-pot".
Which brings me to...
|Hello aqua-blue, mineral-rich warm goodness.|
|The lodge at Homestead Crater.|
Third, there's a natural "hot tub" in a dome/cave thingy! This hot-pot is technically a geothermal caldera called Homestead Crater...and it was the real reason we came. Right in the heart of the town is a 55 foot tall, beehive shaped naturally formed dome that houses a wonderful secret. It's a 10,000 year old hot tub formed from snow melt which is heated by geothermal action (water seeps through the limestone, heats up and is pushed back up filled with mineral goodness) to a comfortable 90-96 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a fee of $11-$16 per person (depending on the day of the week) but I think it's well worth it. You can even get scuba certified in the cave!
|Driving to Park City...the back way.|
|I tried both the Bandit Queen (made with their Double Rye) and the Fool's Gold (made with their Boureye)...lemme tell ya, the Fool's Gold was most excellent.|
|Even in the summer you can take the City Lift from downtown to the top of the mountain.|
|We made a new friends at the top of the mountain.|
|Taking the back roads above Sundance and enjoying the Aspen Groves.|
And lastly, the scenery is amazing. I'm not joking. Just driving up Provo Canyon is a treat and even though it may be slightly out-of-the-way, it's one of the most scenic drives we've taken.