Midway, Utah…Who Knew

I was on my own in Deer Valley while Tony fished…woohoo, I had a car, a map and a camera. Fall is on the way. Bye bye white pants, hello jeans…bye bye sandals, hello socks.

I love barns..

And how cute is this house?

A step back in time…

Tony and Andy fished right below this bridge on the Provo

And I guess he was successful..

I have many more barns in my photo cache..

Well, just one more…

Along the highway back to Park City..

And then back to reality. I think there is an election going on.

Park City, Deer Valley, Heber City, Midway…a beautiful area and so close to the SLC airport.



People Fun in Sun Valley

We arrived in Sun Valley and saw this magnificent garden greeting us. We are so happy we put pavers in the driveway, put a stone marker for our house number and planted a perennial garden. It just gets better every day.

And before you knew it, I was hiking with my neighbors Joanne and Linda in Fox Creek…of course with Tuqui..

And we ran off to the symphony with our glass of wine and Tuqui right away.


And we played tennis at Dick Barker’s marvelous clay court in Bellevue…



We picnicked at the symphony with old friends of Tony’s from Chicago who now live in Cleveland


And I ran into a “little girl” I have known for 35 years who now brings her children to SV


Of course, Tony arranged a float on Silver Creek before you could say Trout

We were so happy our friends, Cam and Kate Baker joined us for a week. We had to show them Stanley and the blueberry oatmeal pancakes…It was a bit cold and rainy, but somehow we managed to love every minute. We had a hike and a bowl of soup at Galena Lodge. Just the best way to spend a day.


And we ran into mutual friends from the Bay Area and had them over for drinks before eating at Globus… a favorite of ours.


We of course wanted to have a dinner party for the Bakers and a dinner party is just much more fun with Nancy Winton.


And Gigi and Jim Daniels are new friends whom we met through Buzz and they now are also Nancy Fans! Should I say Cam supplied the wine and we managed to run through several very good bottle of wine that night. Darn it was fun!


Wonderful Jim and Flip Caldwell came for the weekend to celebrate Jim’s 70th. Dennis Raney brought his chair and a bottle of wine and joined us as Gwen was in Seattle.

Flip and Kate…


Tony joined Jim on the hike to the TOP of Baldy. Flip and I joined them at the Roundhouse for lunch…we rode the gondola up and down…


My sweet sorority sisters came for (hopefully) the annual Sun Writers Conference fix. They flew into Boise, drove 3 hours, changed their clothes by the side of the road and joined us for the Wood River Land Trust Annual Party on Silver Creek.

And the conference was beyond stimulating with Tom Brokaw…


and Abraham Verghese (Geez, how DO you pronounce his name?) We also loved Alexander Fuller and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Last year we ran into a sorority sister, Dee Howard who now lives in Greenwich, so this year we made sure we spent some good time with her.


The iconic photo.  We missed our friend Lynn so much. She broke her darn foot and ankle and is slowly recovering, but knew that the conference would be too rigorous. NEXT YEAR!


And THEN CATE CAME!!! For some unknown reason (maybe because she is 30???) she let me decide what we were going to do…


FISHING… She kept saying, ” OMG , you walk right into the river!!!”

A book signing for a fabulous book about dogs…

Bonnie Raitt concert at the Pavilion… we danced with the Holloways and she was horrified…

And of course a hike on Trail Creek where Tuqui could show off her swimming skills.

Summer in Sun Valley is a lot, no… mostly, about the people….. But hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, playing tennis and going to the symphony and dinner is more fun with friends…


On Our Way to India Via Hong Kong

We are traveling Eva Air, a Taiwanese airline. So far so good as we are in Business class. The flight is almost 14 hours. We watched J. Edgar and then I watched another early episode of Downton Abbey. Love my ipad, but I guess you already knew that.

Of course I am so worried that I have packed too many clothes. And so worried there will not be enough room to put he things I buy. I think these are small worries!

We arrive at 9 am in HK after and hour layover in Taiwan. I think Stoney might have to help check us in as we are in the hotel thanks to his Macquarrie discount. I have always had that little dream that one day my “kids” would provide some little amenity to me! I finally got my dream. Oh yes, and we did not have to pay the cover at Birdland when we were in New York. Things are definitely moving in the right direction.

We are on the fabulous train from the airport to Hong Kong Central. Quiet, clean, inexpensive and fast.


Cute Stoney took us to lunch at Betty’s Kitschen (note spelling) in the IFC. It is a very cute place with great atmosphere. You can see Tony’s eyes were at “half-mast” as he says.



We had a foot massage in our neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun. I had to hand it to Tony as we climbed up the dark dank stairway, rang the bell, and entered a room with a few lounge chairs, big TV with Cantonese blaring, tired purple towels that seem to be used several times, and doors opening and shutting with people scantily clad coming and going.

We met Stoney and Laura at Cafe de Paris in Soho which is right in their neighboorhood on the escalator up to the mid-levels. It was heavenly to see Laura as I had not seen her since Memorial Day and that is too long for me. She is on fire in her job, on top of the wedding and doing great things with photography. On top of that she is gorgeous and just so nice and undemanding about the wedding. She has done a power point presentation of her vision of the wedding to send to all the vendors. Wow!

I have to say, I like that neighborhood. Maybe a foot massage there today…

Cate Comes Home to Sun Valley!

Last time she was here, she was a bit tentative on skis. This time, she hit the mountain and took off. Is it the New York influence?

Tony was amazed at her skiing!

Then we celebrated her 30th! birthday! Yikes!

And Tony made a delicious dinner of ribs, rice and asparagus!!! And flourless chocolate cake…
We toured the Community School with Lisa Stelck… so amazing. Cate attended Thistleberry, the pre-school Lisa founded in Palo Alto.

And then we skied some more.

A highlight was Cupid’s Cabaret at the Next Stage Theatre. All local talent and truly wonderful warm and exciting. It was all Cate could do not to jump up on stage. Maybe sometime she will.
And how lucky am I to have a daughter, who comes all the way from New York to be in Sun Valley, It is a long complicated trip for 3 days, but it was pretty wonderful.
She is saying “Mom, enough, I am getting on the Sun Valley Express now! It is only 8 am! “