Thursday, August 25, 2011

Utah Day 4

Our last full day in Utah was spent at the Olympic Park, where a large portion of the 2002 Winter Olympic games were held. The pictures below can't do it any justice, but we opted to see a performance of the aerial ski jumpers. They go down these huge ramps, do up to 3 flips, higher in the air than you could ever imagine, and land in the pool. The only thing more impressive to me is that they have the courage to try this and land on the snow! Here are some pics from the show:
After the Olympic Park trip, we went on a scenic ride that took us up and over a mountain pass on a dirt road. We had rented an economy car, which was certainly not equipped for this kind of drive. Brian seemed to have fun with making me as scared as possible during this ride:

A beautiful birch tree forest:

And then we put our camera on some stranger's car in order to take a photo of ourselves. We were so high up here: Sadly, our trip to Utah came to an end very early the next morning, as our 4:30 AM alarm reminded us that we were on our way home on Sunday. We had a 4 hour layover in Chicago, so we opted to leave the airport, venture on the L-train and head to suburban Chicago to get some real, Chicago deep-dish pizza at Giordano's. I have been waiting and waiting to try deep-dish Chicago pizza and it was well worth the wait. I even have 2 pieces frozen in my freezer waiting for me on a bad day.

And one last note - thank you so much to our parents for taking such great care of Evan while we were gone! It was nice to be able to go away and not have to worry about how he was doing because we knew he was in your more-than-capable hands. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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