The Adventures of BJ and Tony Morris
Deer Valley, Utah
It had been 2 years since we skied! While I missed shushing down the slopes with great
speed (well, with medium speed
well, I guess comparatively slow speed when you think
about how fast the other skiers are going), I didnt miss stuffing myself into the
bulky clothing and clunky boots and carrying the awkward equipment to and from the car. But, when a ski trip was suggested by the same
group we skied with twice before, I mostly remembered the great time we had sharing a
great big house, eating breakfast & dinner together, laughing, playing cards and just
enjoying each others company. I signed
us up right away!
In the past, we had rented a house in
My friends have really embraced the
evite, www.evite.com, which I also like because if you
forget the details of an invitation, you can just log in and not only see the details, but
see who is coming as well! The evite for this
trip just showed the dates, no details about the accommodations, but I later learned that
one of our friends from the previous trips had very generously volunteered his newly
acquired rental property in
Things at work had really started to
heat up since Travelport had acquired Worldspan so I wasnt sure if I would be
afforded the time to go on this trip. I
changed our response to maybe and then immediately changed it back to
yes and decided that we WOULD go even if it was just for a few days.
As the time drew closer, I learned
that I would be needed for some Travelport meetings at our
The next big challenge was packing. Those same moths that had gotten into our closet
and stitched up the seams of our bibs, making them fit a little tighter two years ago had
been hard at work again. This time their
stitching had made both of our bibs uncomfortably tight, so we decided that it was time to
buy some Big Girl and Big Boy bibs. Not
wishing to take a chance, I bought some Huge Girl bibs that I can use for
several years, even if those pesky moths get hold of them again.
I packed for my business trip in my roll-aboard suitcase and my ski trip in a duffle bag, both of them small enough to carry on if it was necessary. I decided to go ahead and check the ski bag on my way out, since weekday business travel usually means competing for overhead space with a lot of inconsiderate businessmen who put their laptops and jackets in overheads that were clearly meant for roll-aboards and duffle bags!
Since the evite showed the trip
starting on Saturday, we decided that Tony should join me in
Tony and I pow-wowed over
the phone and decided that instead of the Denver overnight Friday night we would just meet
in Salt Lake City Friday night. The flights
worked out perfectly. There was a non-stop
I found a great deal on a
rental car with
Both of our flights
arrived within 10 minutes of each other. I
picked up my luggage and met Tony at the
Tony familiarized himself
with all of the controls while I mounted Jill (the GPS) on the windshield and plugged in
the address of the house in
We pulled into the
driveway and were able to see that we were at the right house! The gang was surprised to see us, expecting us to
call for directions. We told them to check
their cell phones and they sheepishly admitted that they had missed calls. Thank goodness for Jill!
One of the benefits of being one of the first to arrive on a trip like this is that you get dibs on the best bedroom! Ours was the main level master (there was also a master suite upstairs). We had our own flat panel TV and plenty of closet space. Our bathroom opened onto the entry hall.
This house was AMAZING. It was HUGE, but unlike our last ski rental, this
one was REALLY, REALLY NICE! We dropped our
bags and took the tour. The place just went on
The upstairs master had a closet that was as big as the other bedrooms. It had a private bathroom with separate tub and shower. The upstairs master also had its own flat panel TV.
Back on the main level, there was a living area with a fireplace that opened onto the dining area.
Off of the living area was an office with its own sitting area and a flat panel TV. Wow, we were starting to think that this place had more (and nicer not difficult to do) TVs than we do!
Continuing the tour downstairs, we found another living area with a fireplace and a flat panel TV.
The bunk room was next. It would sleep 10 people if it needed to! The two bunk beds had a double bed on the bottom, a single bed on top, and there was a double trundle bed under the bottom bunk! This room had its own TV too!
There was a community bathroom and closet area for the bunk room residents.
We made a detour outside to see the hot tub. There was a heated mat on the walkway leading to the tub!
At the end of a long hallway, was a private suite which was designated for the couple that would be bringing their baby. They had a private bathroom. Oh, and their room had a TV too! I lost count!
There was another
half-bath in the hallway.
There was another half-bath in the hallway.One more bedroom was beneath ours. There was another full bathroom near that bedroom. Oh, and guess what? Yep that bedroom had a TV.
With the tour almost over, we returned to the main level to finish the tour with a glass of wine from the wine rack which was above the wine refrigerator. Next to the wine center, we found the best feature of the place. The Dining Room Table! It sits kitty-cornered on the main level and seats 14 comfortably.
There was a little reading nook tucked in next to the dining area.
The kitchen was bright and cheery and arranged so that it had multiple preparation areas for our competing chefs, which as it turned out on this trip, were mostly males!
They had laid out an appetizer buffet of chips, salsa, crackers and homemade pimento cheese. While we noshed on the appetizers, Jim prepared prime rib and John grilled broccoli for our meal. Thank goodness we had not stopped for dinner on the way!
After dinner, Mark entertained us with his juggling. He needs to brush up a bit before he performs publicly.
We slept well and awoke to a winter wonderland and the smell of sausage!
Jim and I had a little work to do, but since the house had wi-fi, it was no problem to answer a few emails over breakfast.
Soon, we heard the sound of the snowplow clearing our driveway. What a nice service! I remembered the running start we had to use to get up the driveway of our last snowy rental house!
Jim, Lyn, John and Mark
declared that they would ski that day. They
were going to take a van and drop it in
We headed for Canyon Sports so we could rent our equipment. Tony and I told the salesman that we were only planning to ski for 2 days. He advised that it would probably be cheaper to rent our equipment at the slopes for 2 days rather than renting for 3 days in town. Since there was precious little room in the car, we decided to take his advice. We had planned to stop for a few groceries, but there wasnt one square inch of space in which to put them, so we just made a stop at the liquor store and then headed back to Deer Valley.
When we got back to the
house, we found Mark and John had decided not to go skiing after all. They had been busy taste testing some cocktails. There was still grocery shopping to be done so
Sherry and I left Baby Ryen with the eight questionably capable baby-sitters and headed
out. A chair was placed on its side at the top
of the stairs in lieu of a baby gate. We were
going to pick one up at Wal-Mart but when we got there, we discovered that they
didnt have any wide enough for the opening.
When we got home, we
heard in great detail about the incredibly dirty diaper that had to be changed. I think they contemplated putting the baby in the
dishwasher until Sherry got back, but ultimately I think Kirsten managed to get it all
cleaned up. Ryen was very happy to see her
Dinner that night was Pork Roast with fingerling potatoes, roasted green beans, and garlic toast. A 5 star restaurant has never made a lovelier or more delicious presentation!
Over dinner, John and Jim told us how they had bought the house. They said they looked at 55 properties in one weekend, but when John saw the dining room table in this house, he had to hide his delight from the sellers.
Loading the dishwasher was a bit of a puzzle. If the plates stood on edge, they interfered with rotating sprinkler head thingy.
As has become customary with this crowd, Texas Hold-Em was the evenings activity. Mark, the Poker Nazi, was the table captain. He won. I think it was because everyone else went all in just to get away from him! Kidding! He does run a tight ship though at his poker table. But dont worry about remembering the rules, if you break one, hell be sure to remind you.
Sunday, the skiers had decided to go
The snow-boarders (Mark, Mike and
Brian) decided to wait for Kristis flight to arrive and then drive over to
Baby Ryen got dressed to go out and enjoy the snow, but she didnt like it very much. Sherry thinks Ryen is going to be a beach girl like her mom.
It was pretty and sunny on the lower slopes. After a few runs we decided to head up top.
The higher we got, the foggier and snowier it got. By the time we got off the lift, we had a hard time seeing the trail markings.
A little further down, it cleared up a bit, but it was still kind of gray.
We were glad when we got the call from the group that we were meeting for lunch at the mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge. We split a few slices of pizza and enjoyed some of the locally brewed beer.
After lunch, Tony said he wanted to make one more run and then head back to the house. We went back up to the top and posed for a group picture.
Tony left me with Scott for the
afternoon. I think Scott was relieved to ski
with me after spending the morning with the reckless daredevils. After a few more runs, we found Tony in the lodge
at the bottom and headed back to the house. John was making his signature
quesadillas for our afternoon snack!
We had lasagna for dinner. The after dinner Poker game went on well past . Girls RULED! Kirsten and I finally ousted Mike, the last male at the table, then after pushing the stack of chips back and forth a few times, we decided to split the money and go to bed.
Mondays breakfast was sausage, grits and eggs. The bartendress was serving Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers.
Before we left for the slopes, I decided to go out and take some pictures of the little playhouse in the front yard. It was hard to negotiate my way through the thigh high snow, and I was starting to think it might have been a mistake not letting anyone know where I was going. If I got stuck out there, at least it was a comfortable little house.
We went to
Tony was finished skiing after lunch so he volunteered to do our grocery shopping. I decided to explore some more of the mountain on my own. I turned on my MP3 player and worked my way across the mountain, taking various lifts and runs. When I had gotten just about as far away from the base as I could get, my phone rang. It was Tony, wanting to know where I was. The rest of the group was at the base. I looked at my watch and was surprised to find that it was . I started panicking because I knew the lifts closed at 4 and I wasnt sure how I would get back to the base. Thankfully some of the upper lifts stay open past 4 so I was able to work my way back. I found the group at the Pig Pen Saloon. They were happily enjoying libations served by Toni, the waitress from lunch.
Tony and I left them there and drove
back over to
By the time we got back to the Pig
Pen to pick up our friends, they had enjoyed quite a few beverages. They were very entertaining! We poured them into the car and took them back to the house. There was a nice selection of
appetizers waiting for us. We enjoyed those
while our chefs prepared Stuffed Pork Loin with Beans and Rice. We had to be back in
We had planned to take the nonstop back to
We found the
We thought we might get first class
on the next leg as well, but no such luck. This
time we got coach seats right in front of a screaming baby.
To make things worse, we had a good bit of turbulence so the seatbelt light
never went out. This only really became a
problem when the mom behind us couldnt take Baby Big Lungs to the bathroom for a
diaper change. Peuw!
We landed at . Another GREAT trip! Thanks to our good friend John and our new friends Jim and Lyn for their hospitality. If you want to enjoy this great house, see http://www.vrbo.com/88858.
BJ and Tony