Red Air Day, Shmed Air Day

This weekend was the big Lavender Days festival in Mona. It was fun, but I think $7 is a bit steep. Especially since they make you pay $2 more to have a tea party with the Lavender Fairy. Cheek.

Also it was exactly 100 degrees out so we couldn't stay too long as our shoes were melting off our feet and we were all about to die from the combined heat stroke and the fact that the air had gone so bad you couldn't even see the nearby mountains. Yuck.

But there was lots to see and do--the kids rode ponies and almost got their hands bitten off in the petting zoo (or perhaps that was just me). We shared a lavender ice cream and I bought a container of fabulous lavender honey.

Sunday morning we drove up to Alta ski resort near Salt Lake City to see the wildflowers before church. It was nice and cool and we managed to get above the haze, which was a great, great thing. I had fun in the backseat with the kids even if my seatbelt tried to kill me when I dozed off. (It's the kind that locks up even when you're not being thrown against it, and so when it locks up and pins you in place and you can't twist around to take it off because you're wedged in between two carseats it's not cool.) Savvy and Ethan fed me Wheat Thins and graham crackers, though, which helped to stave off the hysteria.

Jen made us wonderful foods like chicken tikka masala, Thai fried rice w/pineapple, Philly cheese-steaks, and lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry sauce. I picked loads of plums from the three trees in their front yard and am going to make a plum upside-down cake tonight. Expect pictures.


Jenny said... [reply]

What a fun weekend! We need to hang out more often!

Desmama said... [reply]

Is it Albion Basin where you hiked? We hiked up there last Labor Day.

scienceteachermommy said... [reply]

Nem, are you so famous that you have to wear the dark glasses in the picture?

cooldad said... [reply]

I think I might know the source of your haze. Maybe it's smoke from that 280,000 acre wildfire burning south of Salt Lake.

Nemesis said... [reply]

I wish, STM. I'd love it if someone recognized me (has never happened though). My problem is that I'm about as light-sensitive as a bat and I don't really go for the squinting look in pics.

Desmama said... [reply]

Expect pictures of the plum cake?

I expect a sample, thankyouverymuch.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Hahahaha. Desmom, for you I will do this thing.

Laura L said... [reply]

Beautiful pictures!

This is SOO not apropos, but I thought you'd get a kick out of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RARokyU6rIQ

Anonymous said... [reply]

I watched the video. At first I laughed because it was so stupid, but the more I watched, the sadder I got! The idea of mandatory sterilization kept coming to mind.

Nem, awesome pictures. You looked especially lovely as well.


scienceteachermommy said... [reply]

My little Sis got married in the Bountiful temple at what might have been the Brightest Day of the year 2000. (She never lets us forget she was the Milennium Bride.) Anyhow, the pictures are code for the mafia wedding as everyone but the bride and groom are wearing sunglasses.

Jimmy said... [reply]

LOL, the descriptive talent you have! I could almost feel that seatbelt.

So umm, did you go for tea with the fairy?

Miss Hass said... [reply]

Y'all have so much fun together. Also, mmmmm...lavender honey. Delicious!

Lady J said... [reply]

Lovely pictures, but yes - the weather's gone to pot. The BBC news today mentioned the heat and wildfires in Utah; that in Argentina they have snow for the first time since 1918; that preciptation isn't falling to replenish the ice caps in arctic Norway (as the low pressure systems are too far south - i.e. hitting GB); so in the UK we have had the wettest June on record and it's still raining most days. It's resulted in massive floods in places that are not usually affected with about 30,000 homes across Yorkshire (especially the Vale of York, i.e. the view from the lavender place) now uninhabitable.

Kimberly Bluestocking: said... [reply]

Lovely pictures - thanks for sharing.

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