Just about all my worldly possessions are on a truck right now, heading somewhere to the Great Northwest. This is it: the Big Move. Brian and I realized that we’ve been anticipating and worrying about this for an entire year now (it was about this time last year that we found out that it would be unlikely for Brian to get a job in Utah). I just want to get it over and done with.
We had an open house over the weekend for friends and family to stop by and say farewell. I took a few photos, but none of them turned out quite right. So this is what I’m including instead: pictures from my hike in the Albion Basin from two weeks ago.
I had been hoping and hoping that I’d be able to do this hike one more time before leaving, but it was difficult to find the time. Many, many thanks to my sainted in-laws for making this last-minute trip possible (Kathryn came with me and the big kids, while Randy stayed at home with the baby).
We were extremely fortunate with parking (always difficult on this popular trail). I LOVE the clear air and the smell of pine trees! Cecret Lake was lovely as always. Wildflowers were in abundance, and to cap it off, we saw a moose! He looked right at us, too. Moose are some of Wimmy’s favorite animals, so he was especially pleased.
This trail is the essence of what I’m going to truly miss about Utah. Friends and family? Yeah, they will also be missed, but we’ll easily keep in touch with those. Hiking the Wasatch, on the other hand, will be mighty difficult in the near future.
But hey! Let’s look on the bright side! Here the things I will not miss about Utah:
Our dreadful white linoleum kitchen floor
The old kitchen stove that takes 30 minutes to boil a pot of water
Ugly billboards on the freeway
A popular culture that tends toward insular provincialism and faddish trendiness
The Eagle Forum
Having to vacuum the sunroom carpet
Food storage ads featuring BYU basketball stars
A lawn that costs more to water than we can afford
Nasty looks from neighbors who disapprove of our yellowish under-watered lawn
The kids up the street who bully my kids
People who complain that it’s hard to find time to take their kids to Disneyland in the winter because it interferes with the children’s skiing lessons (oh yes, this conversation really happened)
The world’s noisiest dishwasher
All of this: Buh-bye!!