Friday, July 24, 2009

Through the eyes of a New Yorker.

Showed my visitor from New York around the city a little bit.  We went up into the Avenues and looked out over the whole city, went to the "This is the Place" Monument, drove up Emigration Canyon, down Parley's Canyon and then up to Snowbird Ski Resort.  First of all he was amazed at how clean everything was, the lack of trash all over the place.  He also commented on the lack of barriers preventing people from doing stupid things.  At the top of Emigration Canyon he said that you could just drive right off the edge, there was nothing to stop you.  I never thought about it, but even at the Dead Horse Point lookout, all you have keeping you from the abyss is a 2 or 3 foot stone wall.  Easy to climb over.  But, hey, if we fenced off anywhere that was dangerous in Utah, there'd be no chain-link fence left anywhere else.  He also, probably like most of the rest of the world, thought that the ski resorts had nothing going on when there was no snow.  He was surprised that they had the Alpine Slide, rope climbing, wire walking and even a zip line.  A really, really wimpy zip line compared to the one we rode in Puerto Vallarta.  Not unexpected.
Brigham Young et al.
This is a statue honoring the sea gulls that came and ate all the crickets and saved the pioneer's crops.  The irony was the bird poop in the guy's eye.
Brigham Young's farm house.
Not only was the zip line no more than a hundred feet above the ground the whole time, and only about 400 feet long, but you sat completely strapped into a seat.
Not much more dangerous, or thrilling, than riding a ski lift.
As opposed to the zip line in Puerto Vallarta:
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6 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Yeah, but in Mexico (and many other places I've been) they seem to have less fear of being sued than in the US.
Say hi to our friend for me. It looks like you've been having fun.

Max said...

Ain't that the truth - we're a litigation-happy society. Although I get the feeling we've turned the corner, either that the news doesn't bother with these absurd payoffs anymore.
Yeah, it's been fun, but we're saving the real fun for when you get back....

The Gearheads said...

Paperback Writer is right. In America everything has be be idiot proof. I wouldn't be surprised if they spent as much time on instruction as was spent in Mexico, and there is probably a lot less you do.

Max said...

From what I saw, there was nothing you had to do but sit there. It has about 30 feet of along the wire at the end to slow you down, so you didn't even need to do that, like we did in Mexico. Which is why I'll never bother with it here, might as well just take that ride that brings you from one to the other at Lagoon.

The Gearheads said...

Max, I wish you would quit holding back and let us know what your TRUE feelings are.

Max said...

Sorry Gearheads, I'll try to be more forthcoming in the future.