I’ll probably keep saying this, but I still can’t believe that the semester is over – but it’s quite a relief. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas, that included lots of time with family
My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, so we went out skiing today! But, since Chanukah started this past Tuesday, I came home to my one present this year – waiting for me on my desk!
(I knew what it was, as I asked for it – but was so excited anyway)
Garmin Forerunner GPS watch! I’m so excited for this, so ready to take my running to the next level. I actually skied with it today, and it was really cool to see my stats and map. Ok, now the weather has to get warmer so I can fun outside again.
And this too was waiting for me at home! My sister knows me all too well. I have to be careful with these, and make them last!
I only had about 20 hours at home before I had to unpack everything from school, and re-pack for my ski trip. Along with no sleep from finals week and moving out, all that traveling takes a toll on me. There isn’t much that goes on at night here, so I’ll definitely be getting some good sleep.
Friday – leave for the ski trip! Every year, my family spends a week or two in the gorgeous little town of Sun Valley, Idaho. There’s not much else here except the mountain, lodge, and a little town. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
At the airport, we stopped for a little dinner at Rick Bayless’s new to-go Frontera restaurant in the terminal.
I got the spicy garlic & mushroom ‘torta’, which I guess is the Mexican style sandwich. Spicy, but fantastic for airport good. We got on our 3 hour flight to Idaho, and arrived late at night. Since the drive is 2+ hours, we stayed in a hotel for the night and saved the drive for the morning.
Gorgeous drive through the mountains! But a serious lack of snow
Well, there’s some snow!
And we have arrived! This is the ski mountain, and it is rather bare. Almost all the decent snow on the mountain is man-made. It’s still great though – SV has one of the best snowmaking systems in the world.
For our first night, we always eat at Pioneer – they have the most amazing Idaho trout. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.
My dad ordered this beer two nights in a row. Only he initially thought it was pronounced “butt”. We laughed. (the beer was really good).
One thing I do love about this little town is the multitude of fantastic restaurants. We end up eating out more than at home! Our next dinner was at Ketchum Grill, another old favorite.
I ordered the pepper-crusted ahi tuna, with a fennel/orange slaw. The tuna was tasty not fantastic, but the slaw was really good. My mom ordered the classic lemon noodles with rock shrimp in cream sauce – no photo, but I helped her finish a few bites.
But this guy was easily the highlight of my meal:
Chocolate truffle cake with white chocolate mint ice cream. This is exactly what I thought it was going to be, and more. The cake was warm and rich, the ice cream super minty. I probably ate more than I intended to, but I’m determined not to let it get to me.
I hope winter vacation is going well for all those who have off!
What was the best thing you got for Hanukkah/Christmas?
Are you traveling anywhere for the break? If so, where? I’d love to hear!