Washington, DC area locals know that every four years in January, it is best to leave town, no matter who has been elected president. Downtown DC is shut down for security reasons, traffic is even more horrible than usual, and the kids get a day off of school. We fled town for Deer Valley at the invitation of some friends.
Locals in Deer Valley tend to flee to other destinations because this is the first weekend of Sundance. But if you can find a place to stay (and thanks to our friends, we did), the slopes are empty. In addition, Friday saw an additional 4-6 inches of snow, and the conditions were perfect for skiing. (I say this as if I have knowledge and expertise, but I am merely parroting those who do.) Our friends are expert skiers, but they were gracious enough to keep the kids company and ski at their more rudimentary level.
Neither Jim nor I ski so we spent the days grocery shopping and cooking meals and walking through Park City. Marcus had spotted the actor who plays Turk on “Luke Cage” at the Salt Lake City airport baggage claim while Jim and I caught part of the Women’s March in Park City and spotted the actress, Olivia Wilde, on the streets right after the march ended. Park City is a cute town with interesting art galleries, jewelry stores and bookstores. Many of the art galleries had been converted into theaters for Sundance, but there were still enough to make for interesting window shopping. And thanks to Sundance, the people-watching was especially fascinating.
And just to put things in perspective, when we mentioned to the Park City locals that we were fleeing DC because of the inauguration, the typical reaction we received was, “Oh, right, that’s this weekend.” Proving yet again that the center of power is economic and not political.
Thanks to our wonderful friends, the weekend was perfect and filled with the 3 Fs—friendship, fun, and food.