Visiting a new mountain range and venturing outside of the ski area boundary can be a daunting, and potentially dangerous undertaking. The key to making it safe and fun is doing your homework.
You can shoot pool and toss darts in the back. This old saloon has a strong locals vibe, so be very respectful.
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Guns are becoming more important than people. More important than maintaining a civil society. What this is about (at least as far as I am concerned) is intimidation.
I like beer, so my travels frequently find me seeking out places that make great beer. Luckily, I live in a state where some passionate people built local breweries that make craft beer. And while there is still lingering suspicions of bizarre liquor laws in Utah, recent changes to the laws have made it a non-issue.
So what do you do? The answer is easy: You plan a trip to a ski town that's more than just, well, a ski town.
The water is traditionally piping hot, but you can cool down with icy washcloths over your face.
Utah claims to have The Greatest Snow on Earth ®. The state has even copyrighted the phrase, which is why I had to put that little registered trademark symbol next to it.
On the night of the 2012 presidential election, knowing that Obama had prevailed over Romney, I packed my things and left home the next morning for a week-long road trip to Salt Lake City. Several decades had passed since I'd lived in Utah. I imagined that things had changed.
An organization that started as one Utah couple making hand-carved wooden toys in their garage for their grandchildren has now grown to make and provide toy cars to over one million children across the globe.
Enforcement-only policies drive immigrants underground, where they're not only susceptible to hardened criminal elements but also powerless in improving their neighborhoods and partnering with schools in the educational lives of their children. In other words, enforcement-only policies are imprudent.
I keep waiting for a candidate to actually talk about the lifesaving significance of safe, legal, accessible abortion. But what I hear instead are scripted responses that completely and carefully ignore the messy reality of women's lives.
After forty years of standing up for nature, forty years of progress, Robert Redford still looking forward. Still focused on the work we have to do. Still driven by that same passion that first stirred him as a boy in the Texas hills.
If you've ever visited one of these remote and rugged places, you can't help but wonder about the people who came to seek their fortunes and created these towns.
Up here at altitude you can not only see the late autumn, you can feel it, too. It wasn't at all like Lake Tahoe, where summer still seemed to be raging as we drove the winding road from our mountain chalet.