Synopsis: Gather in Salt Lake City and cast of characters. September 9, 2010.
This trip had a peculiarity: Erin, Pete, Russ, Ben, and I would stay out for the full eight days, while Sara, Kurt, and Kelly would hike out on Day 5 to meet certain “real world” obligations.
The first order of business was to get everyone from where they were to fabulous Salt Lake City, Utah.
Erin and I had flown in the night before (it’s hard to get a flight from Boston to points west and arrive before mid-afternoon) and picked up our rental minivan. The morning was spent picking folks up from the airport, having breakfast, shopping, and generally having a good time. Kurt rented a second vehicle, completing our fleet.
Pete adds: I’ve never been near mountains, that I can remember, so even just driving from the airport to the hotel was a wonderful view for me.
After lunch at a rather odd suburban food court near our hotel, we set out for shopping, and then it was time for packing and repacking. It turned out that Kurt would need a different sleeping bag, so he, Kelly and I went on an expedition to REI. Fortunately, this was successful and fairly quick.
Kurt testing out his new sleeping bag.
We then re-grouped for a pre-trip celebration dinner.
Erin and I enjoying the Red Iguana. The empty martini glass near me contained a rather nice bright purple jasmine margarita which I nearly spilled quite spectacularly over the entire table.
After that, it was early to bed so we could wake early and get on the road.
Please continue reading on Day 1.