With a cool Sunday in the weather forecast, we headed up Big Cottonwood Canyon to walk around and explore Brighton. It’s always fun walking around the Nordic Center’s lake. There are always a good amount of people out taking a walk, enjoying the scenery. Yet it’s never really ‘crowded’, which is nice. There were quite a few people trying their luck at fishing. We didn’t see any moose, but one was spotted early in that morning.
After a nice walk around the lake (which was a hotbed of Pokemon Go! hunting), we drove a bit further up the street to the Milly Chalet at Brighton Resort. We hiked up the Milly Express trail a bit and enjoyed the view of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
After leaving Brighton we took the turn off towards Guardsman Pass and drove up to the summit. The parking area was jammed packed, but we hadn’t planned on stopping there anyway. We did continue on down the pass towards Park City. None of us had driven that way before, it was a pretty nice and mellow cruise down the mountains and into the ever expanding Park City resort area.
As we made our way back home towards interstate 80, we made a unplanned left turn at the entrance to the Utah Olympic Park. Again, none of us had ever been up there, so we gave it a shot. Getting up close to the ski jumps, you realize one thing right away, Olympic athletes are fucking INSANE! The ski jumps are huge, and the bobsled track is super fast. We tried to imagine what it’s like to ride the little luge sled down that thing, NO WAY, nope, not ever! These Olympians must have balls of steel.
Anyway, there were a ton of people using the training jumps with the water (pool) landing. That was really neat to see. Before I go further, you can view all this stuff for free, there is no entry gate, etc., very cool. The park also includes a few museums as well, one for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the other for Skiing, both free admission. A small gift shop and full food cafe are also available. You can participate in summer activities for a fee, like bobsled, zip lines, rope walk and extreme tubing (down those massive ski jumps!).
We spent about an hour there, a totally unexpected surprise. Well worth it.