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Part 4: Tuesday, April 3 – Wednesday April 4


This was a day off from skiing. Since Todd was having so much fun at the pool, Eric had the idea to check out an indoor pool in Salt Lake City. I did a Google search and found this place: the Fairmont Aquatic Center. As you can see, the ‘leisure pool’ has a water slide, although not for Todd (there is a height requirement). It was fast! The wading area is shallow, but it gets deeper toward the ‘current channel,’ around back. The current is fairly strong, actually! Todd isn’t a fan of splashy water features but he had fun clinging to me and having Eric pretend to be the ‘creature’ (i.e., from the Black Lagoon).

Fairmont Aquatic Center – April 3, 2018

After swimming, we had lunch at the Vertical Diner (mentioned in this post). Todd had a good appetite (no surprise). I think he actually took a bite of carrot stick, too.

The Vertical Diner – April 3, 2018

Back at the Cliff, after Todd’s nap (he says ‘our naps’), we swam yet again!


We skied on Chickadee, armed with plenty of jelly beans. Todd was a skiing machine. I don’t know how many runs we did, but the number was high!

Eric & Todd – April 4, 2018

We took our usual snack break at the Snowbird Center. Todd liked getting ‘yellow chips’ and animal crackers from the store.

Snack break at the Snowbird Center – April 4, 2018

After getting geared back up, we continued our routine (that started on our first ski day): visiting ‘the turtles’ (i.e., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). He required some play time with the turtles each ski day before he was ready to head back out on the slopes.

Todd plays with the turtles – April 4, 2018

At the pool, Todd pretended to be Hulk. He knocked over safety cones, used his tough voice, and jumped into the water.


Part 1: Getting There
Friday, March 30 – Saturday, March 31

We’ve been timeshare owners at the Cliff Club, in Snowbird, Utah since 2000. We enjoy one week every other year…to ski at Snowbird (ski in/ski out)…Alta (just up the road, in Little Cottonwood Canyon)…and other resorts (via driving…we’ve been up Big Cottonwood Canyon to ski Brighton and Solitude).

From where we live in Washington, it’s about a 12-hour drive (not including stops), so we prefer to make the drive over two days (especially having a 3-year old!).


Our first stop on day one was to give Todd a movement break. We found a McDonald’s with a play area. He was thrilled! Inside the play ‘cage’ he said, “Me know better way and me know slower way.”

Todd at McDonald’s – March 30, 2018

Eating fries – March 30, 2018

We stopped at Paizano’s Pizza in Baker City, Oregon for lunch. They have vegan cheese and some incredible toppings. I recommend the red potato! The woman there was so nice. She gave us a set of beer glasses for free! Todd sat on the motorcycle arcade game.

Todd on motorcycle arcade game, at Paizano’s Pizza

Todd was offered some free bread sticks & pineapple slices – March 30, 2018

Todd likes to lick salt & sugar at restaurants – March 30, 2018

Paizano’s Pizza – March 30, 2018

Paizano’s Pizza beer glass

On the road, I enjoyed some coloring. Todd took a nap in the car.

Adult coloring

Car nap – March 30, 2018

We encountered a traffic snarl after crossing into Idaho, so we arrived after dark at the Hampton Inn, in Mountain Home, ID. We bought Todd a couple Lego sets for the trip, so he played with the Mining Power Splitter set in the room.

Lego City Mining Power Splitter


Back on the road! We made several stops on our way to our final destination (the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird):

1) a movement break for Todd, 2) shopping at Target (we left Todd’s potty step stool at the hotel in Idaho), 3) lunch at a vegan restaurant, and 4) grocery shopping in Salt Lake City.

Of course, the major highlight was dining at The Vertical Diner (see the last post for pictures of all the tasty food!). {That vegan mac and cheese!!} While Eric did the grocery shopping and completed the final stretch of driving, up Little Cottonwood Canyon, Todd took a nap in the car.

Car nap – March 31, 2018

At last we arrived!

View from our 2nd floor room – March 31, 2018

Pretty quickly, we were off to the pool!

That night, we started building Todd’s new Lego Mining Experts Site.

Lego Mining Experts Site

(If I try to fit it all in one post, it will be way too long!!)

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