Remember when I was last in Utah? I met a girl by the name of Suzanne who worked at The Honey Jar. She told me all about honey and even gave me some to take home. I loved the raspberry and lavender honey so much that I had to make a return trip and purchase some more. After grabbing enough cans to last me a few months, I invited Suzanne to travel the rest of the trip around Utah with me. She grabbed her jacket and jumped in my car. Without a plan, we just drove around, smelling the fresh Utah air and listening to music. Suzanne told me her favorite band was Maroon 5. We put their cd in and danced as we drove down the highway.
As we drove, I noticed a sign on the side of the road advertising Arches National Park. “Go there!” Suzanne yelled. I turned the car and quickly got off at the next exit. “I think I visited here once as a little girl with my dad,” Suzanne explained. A National Park, Arches has over 2,000 natural stone arches. The beauty was breathtaking and we wandered about, taking in the different colors of stone. While we hiked, we ate some Milk Chocolate Caramel Truffles and Suzanne suggested we pour honey on top of them. What a unique combination! I always knew that chocolate went with everything, but I never thought of pouring fresh honey on top of it! Happy with our latest discovery, we began signing Maroon 5 outloud. A man came up on the trail behind us and said he loved the band, too. He introduced himself as Stephen. “Do you like excitement?” he asked. He proceeded to tell us of a place called Utah Olympic Park. Built in 2002 for the Winter Olympics, this park is currently being reconstructed to have outdoor slopes which are used in the summer months. As he explained it, he got frustrated and just said we had to see it. As a thank you, I handed him a Milk Chocolate Caramel Truffle and we left to find out what he was talking about.
Project Big Air was unlike anything I had ever seen. There were seven athletes flying in the air off ramps and landing into a massive water-filled pool. Imagine ski ramps, only without snow. Different people were using snowboards and skis to do the jumps and then landed in the water. Without hesitation, Suzanne asked to borrow someone’s snowblades and went off the biggest jump. As she did a backflip, my jaw dropped. I didn’t know my friend had skills like this! A man came over after she landed in the water and asked what we were doing on June 27th. He told us that the park was having their grand opening. A group by the name of Flying Ace All-Stars would be doing stunts and we needed to be there. I asked if I could sell my Chocolate Caramel Truffles. After I got the OK, I called up AmeriCandy and told them I was booked for that date! Suzanne gave me a high five and then I was off on my next state adventure.