Ice Fishin’ Fun

Our son-in-law Ben always knows the cool outdoor things to do! A year ago Ben and his brothers built the Cadillac of all ice shacks, anchoring it on the ice outside The Waterfront on Grindstone Lake near Hayward. But last weekend was time to move across the highway to Lake Couderay for the annual Walleyes for Northwestern Wisconsin ice fishing contest. It was a great day of family fun! And the proceeds went to benefit the walleye fishery in northwestern Wisconsin.

Sweden: Land of Nordic Light

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to Sweden or Scandinavia. I had forgotten how beautiful the light is here in the Nordic latitudes. It’s like sunrise and sunset all day long! I’m spending a long weekend in Ã…re, Sweden for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships — a fabulous resort community along a lake with a towering mountain with a 3,500-foot vertical drop! Click CONTINUE to see some really cool photos!

New Year’s, New Friends

New Year’s was one of our most enjoyable ever, with family and new friends from Indianapolis converging on Park City for a week of fun and skiing. Having spent our first holiday at home in nearly 10 years, it was great to have company. Our platinum guests Nick (Carole’s brother) and Keli and son Nick made their second trip in six weeks. And they brought family friends the Aldersons and the Munleys to also spend the week in town. We made great new friends, kicking off with a fun New Year’s Eve party with a bonfire and Geocaching for the kids, and plenty of fabulous wine from our new friends! Checkout the slideshow.

Christmas at Home

It’s a happy and sad Christmas. Happy to be home for the holidays for the first time since 1997, but sad to not with with any of the kids. So since we can’t be in Wisconsin (with Erin, Meghan or Michael) or Colorado (where Chris is skiing) we’ll share Christmas here. Check back for updated photos, webcam of gift opening (yah, it’s corny) AND please leave a holiday greeting in the comments section below.

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Santa Skis Free

It was Santa Skis Free day at The Canyons resort in Park City Saturday (Dec. 16). And Santa thanked the kind folks at The Canyons by bringing a half-foot of snow as a teaser then a big dump of around two feet in the next day. Over a dozen Santas turned out, including an entire Santa family from Provo who returned for a third year.

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New York, New York

New York, New York, one of our favorite cities! And every November we have the opportunity to visit during the New York Ski and Snowboard Ball. Last year daughter Meghan joined us; this year we were on our own. It was a hugely successful ball for the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding, and some exciting adventures for Tom and Carole.

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Birds on a Wire

Fall’s a time for change here in Utah. The wildflowers in the backyard have been gone for a month now, and the blankets of snow on the mountain peaks aren’t melting everyday. Winter is around the corner. And there’s frost in the morning on our birds on a wire.

Chicago, Chicago

Growing up in Madison, we frequently made trips to Chicago. So our annual trip to emcee our U.S. Ski Team fundraiser is always one of our favorites. Each year we host one of our midwestern family members as our guest at the Chicago Ski and Snowboard Ball and spend a weekend in the Windy City. This year Nick and Keli (Carole’s brother) from Indianapolis joined us for a chilly bike ride along the Chicago lakeshore.

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On the Road Again!

We’re on the road again, dining our way across America!

It’s September, and time to get on the road again, winding our way east out I-80 to the good old midwest. It’s a trip we do every fall and we both know the road by heart. Join us as Carole skips rope at truck stops, we visit our favorite Flying J’s, and find interesting new places to dine.
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Detour Utah to Bunny’s in Coalville

Local bluegrass favorites Detour Utah have been making a name for themselves all summer playing every-other-Wednesday night at Bunny’s, a private club for members (and others) in Coalville. In fact, the band’s Aug. 23 season finale gig was so popular that Andrea at Bunny’s has asked the group back for another big night, Wed. Sept. 6 with no cover and a $10 steak cookout!

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