by Sara V. Olds
Published: May 30, 2013
Publisher: Astraea Press
Me, Mercedes Bennion? Working for the US Forest Service? I’ve never thought of myself as the outdoorsy, hard-working type. But one quick glance at those mouth-watering forest rangers and oh, baby, sign this seventeen-year-old up for a whole summer of fresh air, mountains and starry, starry nights!
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Getting Lumberjacked in the Mountains of Utah
A guest post by Sara V. Olds
“My Life as Lumberjack or How I Fell for the Wrong Guy(s)” takes place mostly just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mercedes “Benz” Bennion and Conor Perry go and spend the summer working for the US Forest Service in the Wasatch Mountain District.
Many folks know that Utah has great skiing. (If you don’t, you need to come check it out!) But take those mountains in summer and you’re in for a treat!
Near Salt Lake City are two great canyons Big and Little Cottonwoods Canyons. Benz and her crew stay in Little Cottonwood at the Brighton Ski Lodge.
Big Cottonwood was shaped by a massive glacier sliding toward the valley thousands of years ago and Little is steeper because it was cut out of the granite sides by the river running through it.
There are campgrounds and picnic areas in Big (I particularly like Tanners Flat) and lots of picnic grounds in Little. (Storm Mountain is the best and people love to go and climb the jutting rock available right there in the picnic area).
And, at the top of both canyons are ski resorts which offer some summer activities. Snowbird Resort (Big) has a tram (way cool), an alpine slide, a zip line and mountain bikes and yummy restaurants. Oh! And moose…no, not to eat, but to see. While Brighton and Little has some great easy hikes—Lake Mary is only a mile or so from the base. There is also a summer only drive from Brighton over the top of the mountain and down the other side to Park City—well known from Winter Olympic fame.
The best part of Utah mountains is that they’re several degrees cooler than the valley and definitely cool off at night which makes camping delightful. And most of the mosquitoes stay away from those higher elevations.
A few things to know if you decide to go:
1. Animals (domesticated) are not allowed in Little Cottonwood because it’s a watershed.
2. Swimming is also not allowed in Little’s river for the same reason.
3. Most picnic areas require fees.
4. The base of Brighton is 6400 feet so people with breathing problems or heart problems should be careful.
5. You will burn faster higher up, so wear sunscreen.
6. The climate is Utah is very dry so take water!!!
Come see what Benz and Conor saw. Get Lumberjacked and fall in love with the mountains of Utah!!!!
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About Sara Olds: Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains.
Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law.
Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she's moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she'll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways she never could have imagined—teaching history to—wait for it—8th Graders.
Her stories consume her. There's nothing she'd rather do than spend all day, all night and the next day conversing with her latest set of characters. History, adventure, action, romance, humor.Adults, YA and kids. Yep, she does it all. Looking for something to enjoy on a quiet rainy afternoon? Or wanting a pulse-pounding, stay up all night turning pages adventure? Or a you've-GOT-to-be-kidding romp? You'll find them in her pages.