Ah, bittersweet day. My last day in Utah with Missy Anne and her family, she tells me I am heading to Canada in the morning.
Today I will share with you some of Missy Anne’s favorite things about Utah.
What she would share with me if the days were warmer, and school wasn’t in session, and where she like's to eat when she’s having a bad day, a regular old day, or even a really good day.
When you visit Utah:
Outdoor Favorites -
Within Utah’s borders are the following outdoor attractions:
Flaming Gorge, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, The 4 corners, Natural Bridges, Goblin Valley, and parts of Monument Valley.
(I might be missing some, but I can only type so fast.)
Missy Anne love’s all of them, but her favorites are Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley (go and play hide and seek among the goblin rocks by the light of a full moon,) and Arches National Park (We love Sand Dune arch.)
Also, Lake Powell is a favorite destination for many people looking for a great vacation away.
Missy Anne’s favorite Place in Utah:
Payson Lake’s on the Mount Nebo Scenic Loop. (http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2012/itinerary/4042< )
Mostly because she grew up in the area, but it’s a beautiful place to visit on an afternoon or even fun for a weekend away from the hot sun.
You can canoe, fish, and even take a dip. But, her favorite thing to do is just walk around the lakes and take deep breaths of the fresh canyon air.
Food “The Chocolate” – Chef Luigi of course couldn’t turn down the invitation to go to a place called “The Chocolate- a Dessert Café.”
Missy Anne says she’s shared this place with family and friends and already ruined at least 5 people’s New Year’s resolutions.
We order a baby chocolate cupcake with raspberry frosting-yummy.
And then try a Kazookie, it is a barely cooked in its own pan giant cookie with a giant scoop of ice cream.
The cookie is still gooey. I- loved it-a so much I started babbling in Italian, Grazie. . . . Grazie . . grazie, I had to be shaken out of my happiness coma.
Missy Anne says she love’s every type of cake and cupcake they have
(Disclaimer: Missy Anne does not work for them and they do not know her, she’s just helping them stay in business by going there often.)
Historical Tourist Spots:
Utah was settled in the mid- 1800s by Mormon Pioneers.
Many of the tourist spots in Utah are based on that history.
The number one tourist destination in Utah is Salt Lake City’s Temple Square.
http://www.visittemplesquare.com/ The grounds located in the middle of the city contain, the Salt Lake Temple, The Salt Lake Tabernacle (Home of the Emmy winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir), a couple of visitor centers,
a family history library, and many more places for you to learn about the history of the settling of Utah.
In December the grounds are lighted up with 1000s of lights for Christmas that visitors come to see as a yearly tradition.
In the spring and summer world class botanists show off their skills in the hundreds of flower beds.
If you go here try and eat at “The Roof” which offer’s wonderful food and an amazing view of the city.
If you drive through Utah you will not help but notice many LDS temple’s, Missy Anne has provided a picture of the third temple built in Utah – The Manti Temple, built in 1888- she tells me this is where she was married.
On my last day in Utah, Missy Anne takes me to a surprise Bon Voyage party where they present me with a train cake, courtesy of her Sis-In-Law.
Ironically some kid they call Little G gets to blow out some candles on the cake. (Happy #2 Big Guy)
Apparently it’s a double surprise party. Then Missy Anne’s daughter presents me with a portrait of me that she has drawn, I’m not sure of the likeness, but she could possibly be the next Picasso.
Ciao, Utah. Grazie Molto!!