*Shout out to our favorite neighbors for the hiking backpack. It came in handy this trip!!*
But once we landed in Salt Lake City, we had to tote all of that from baggage claim to get our car. We decided to divide and conquer. Kyle took the 2 car seats (no small feat!!) to pick up the rental car. The kids, stroller, pack and play, and all 4 carry on bags came with me to camp out on a patch of concrete until he could come get us. It was a good enough plan, but it still took an hour and 45 minutes before we were all buckled in and on our way.
The kids passed out in the car, so we drove straight to Park City (about 30 minutes) and picked up a drive through lunch.
And then we ran into our only hiccup with the house swap. Our gate code didn't work to get into the house, and we couldn't get in touch with our hosts.
With our phones dead, we ate our lunch on the grass and then made our first visit to the library to change out of the kids' jammies and charge phones while waiting to hear back.
Thankfully it didn't take too many Fancy Nancy's to get it straightened out. We got an updated code (that was buried in my email, to his credit!) and went "home" to get settled.
After a few dozen flips, we went back to our own neighborhood to meet friends at the pool. One of Kyle's colleagues from Singapore is now a professor at a small university in Utah, and they were happy to drive down to spend the afternoon at the pool with us. Two of their children were born in Singapore, the second just a few months before Hamish. Their baby is about two weeks younger than the Manimal. We enjoyed seeing them and catching up over a picnic lunch, and Hamish was particularly impressed by other kids born in Singapore.
Sunday night we ate at Ghidotti's, an Italian restaurant that our hosts had recommended. He insisted that we let him make reservations for us if we went, so I texted him our plans Saturday afternoon. When we arrived, they rolled out the red carpet for us. A glass of prosecco to toast our trip, compliments of our hosts. An appetizer and dessert, compliments of the restaurnt. Wonderful pork osso bucco and salmon picatta. And diners from TWO different tables came up to compliment us on our children. Of course, as I was graciously accepting one of these compliments, I turned around to see that the Manimal had wiggled one fat foot up on the white table cloth. He was terribly proud of himself. Such a lovely dinner and welcome.
Later that night, after we put the Manimal to bed, we watched Finding Nemo with Hamish in the home theater. It was the first time she'd seen a feature length movie. And wow. I had no idea the post-processing that would be involved. We walked through every plot point for 20 minutes after it was over and she finally had to go to sleep.
Monday morning it was drizzling, so we had breakfast on the porch, then headed into downtown Park City and walked Main Street before the rain drove us into a different library. After a big pile of books for Hamish and lots of walking practice for the Manimal, we hopped a bus to a Mexican place for lunch, then headed home for naps.
Once there, we loaded Hamish and the Manimal and took another short hike to the alpine "lake", or manmade reservoir, the resort uses to make snow during the season. We rented a paddle boat, but the Manimal decided he mightily hates life jackets for me and him. After much screaming (oh how sound carries across water!), Kyle dropped us off and he and Hamish continued paddling for a few quiet minutes. Then we hiked back, grabbed lunch, and headed home for nap again.
Our final afternoon in Park City we tried again for Guardsman's Pass, a scenic drive and overlook we'd attempted earlier in the week. This time we got to enjoy the view and the clouds instead of just the view from inside a cloud.
The Manimal just likes sitting in sand.
Our flight home was smooth. My seat mate graciously moved to another row so the Manimal and I could spread out and he could read his books. Both kids fell asleep on the way home and tucked into bed.