A Weekend in Utah

Over the weekend the hubby and I headed by car up to Southern Utah to visit his parents. While it was a short trip (essentially just an extended weekend), we were able to pack in a lot. And as an added bonus, my brother-in-law (my husband’s brother, that is), sister-in-law, and our niece and nephew came into town a couple days before we had to leave. It was a great family reunion of sorts. Utah is an incredibly beautiful state, and we were even able to squeeze in an overnight trip to Park City.

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Once we got into Park City, we were starving and ended up finding a place called the No Name Saloon. I loved all the stuff they had hanging everywhere. Antiques, license plates…Utah_July060

Even a whole motocycle, just hanging from the ceiling.Utah_July059

And this buffalo head, directly under which I happily ate my buffalo burger with blue cheese and bacon with a cold beer. Yum!Utah_July053

After a meal we headed to the Deer Valley Resort for a concert: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers! It was all general admission lawn seating (a bring your own picnic kind of affair) and people were lined up all the way around the corner an hour before the doors opened just to get a good spot. Utah_July066

Steve Martin is an absolutely incredible banjo player, and the entire band was made up of extremely talented musicians. And Steve Martin delivered his jokes with hilarity in a way that only Steve Martin could pull of.
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Plus Edie Brickell made an appearance to sing with the band.Utah_July058

After we got back to Cedar City area (where the in-laws live), my mom-in-law had a reception for a local gallery display of watercolor paintings where a few of her pieces were displayed. It was such a treat to see her paintings on show for all to see!Utah_July001

One day we took a short hike through the land behind their house. They have an incredible view, and built the house to be mostly self sufficient: solar power, well water, and they even have a few gardens thriving around their property where they grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs.Utah_July015

We were able to get a pretty good view of a hawk’s nest in the rocks across the way from their property. We could hear baby hawks screeching, but couldn’t quite see their little faces.Utah_July019

There was an incredible wash of rocks and tree debris resulting from a huge flash flood about a year ago. It had a huge effect on the nearby area, and since it had been over a year since we were last there it made the landscape look quite different than when we last saw it!Utah_July021

Since it was a quick trip, we didn’t have a lot of time to hike around nearby Bryce and Zion National Parks, but we did do a quick hike with the whole family in the morning of the day we left. It was a great, easy hike to take our 5-year-old niece on. The path is near Kolob Canyon just on the edge of Zion National Park and wanders back and forth over this shallow stream. We were able to point out a few tadpoles to our niece, and she loved getting her feet wet on such a hot day!Utah_July039

The whole weekend was like a rock-hunting expedition for our niece, and I’m pretty sure she fancys herself an archeologist or paleontologist now!Utah_July036Have you been to any of the National Parks in Utah? What’s your favorite?

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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

Well, I’ve finished my research paper on Frank Lloyd Wright, and one thing’s for sure: He was REALLY committed to nature. While aesthetically his designs are unmatched and went on to influence nearly every architect to follow him, his sustainability intentions were not always completely realized. But hey, at least he tried, which is more than most architects of his time were doing. My research turned up all sorts of interesting quotes, and today I’m sharing some of them with you in the hopes that Frank Lloyd Wrights words of wisdom will inspire you to do more to connect with your own natural environment.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

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“Go to the woods and fields for color schemes.”

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“The best way to light a house is God’s way – the natural way, as nearly as possible in the daytime and at night as nearly like the day as may be, or better.”

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“Now there can be no organic architecture where the nature of synthetic materials or the nature of nature materials either is ignored or misunderstood. How can there be? Perfect correlation, integration, is life.”

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“To me air conditioning is a dangerous circumstance. The extreme changes in temperature that tear down a building also tear down the human body.”

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“I think it far better to go with the natural climate than try to fix a special artificial climate of your own. Climate means something to man. It means something in relation to one’s life in it.”

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“In speaking of integrity in architecture, I mean much the same thing that you would mean were you speaking of an individual. Integrity is not something to be put on and taken off like a garment. Integrity is a quality within and of the man himself. So it is in a building.”

Taliesin West - Phoenix, AZ

Taliesin West – Phoenix, AZ

Which quote speaks to you?

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Sources:

Lind, Carla. The Wright Style: Recreating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992).

Spirn, Anne Whiston, C. Ford, Peatross, Long David Gilson De, and Robert L. Sweeney. Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs    for an American Landscape (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996).

Wright, Frank Lloyd, and Donald D. Walker. The Natural House (New York: Horizon, 1954).