Puppet Up Spring 2014 Tour – March 10, 2014 – Day off in Utah!

Today was a, glorious, day off. For me that meant one thing, sleeping in. And, boy did I. After being so exhausted last night, I needed it.

Around noon, I headed up to Main Street of downtown Park City, Utah. My company was Dan Ring, our musical director. Park City has a great free shuttle system that can take you anywhere you need taken and there are stops everywhere. So Dan and I hopped on a bus and soon were downtown.

Park City reminds me a lot of my visit to Deadwood, South Dakota a few years ago. It’s got a Main Street with a lot of shops and restaurants and there are some buildings that were built in the 1880s. And the ones that are newer are built in the same style so the whole downtown seems very ‘classic.’ It’s awesome.

Dan and I lunched at Bandit’s Grill & Bar because they haven….wait for it…barbecue. I will say that I was a little underwhelmed with the barbecue there. It was decent, and I surely ate a lot of it, but it just wasn’t great. I was a little dissapointed. But, the company was great, Dan is a great guy, and it was a fun time.

After lunch, Dan stayed up in the Main Street area and I took off back down to the condos where we are staying as we were shooting some Vine videos to promote our next show in Pittsburgh, PA.

I connected with Patrick, Julianna, Cameron, Sean and Tim and helped direct a few vine videos that, if you are on vine, or subscribed to our twitter feed, you will see. Warning, they are a little naughty. Hopefully this will continue to be a regular thing. People must have liked our first one because as it quickly racked up over 100 likes (thanks, in a large part, to Rob Johnston who re-vined us). It was fund to spend an hour or so creating with puppets and with such a great and fun group of individuals.

Here’s a link to the first vine we put out. Could be not safe for some work or kids.

https://vine.co/v/MqQ09YVt39q

When I told my pal John B. deHaas that I’d be coming to Park City, he told me I had to ride the Alpine Coaster. John is a roller coaster nut who rides as many as he can. During filming, Cameron mentioned that he had ridden it earlier in the day and I said I wanted to go. As soon as Vine filming wrapped we hopped the free bus to get to the ski resort where the coaster was.

It’s a pretty great ride. Twenty dollars (ouch) takes you to the top of the mountain and back. It takes about 8 minutes to get to the top of the mountain, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Then, when you get to the top, it’s a wild ride all the way down, through dips and turns and twists. You can control the speed of the car by pushing the levers on either side all the way forward to go fast or pulling back to slow down. Of course I rode as fast as possible. It’s a fun coaster but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a turn or two where I questioned if the car was really attached to the track. In the end, it was definitely worth the twenty dollars.

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After the wild ride through the Alpine, Cameron, Sean and I went back to the Main Street area to walk around a bit. After a few hours of walking around and checking out the different shops and restaurants, we found a place to have dinner called the High West Distillery. The wait was rather long so we put our name in and waited. As we did, Vanessa and Peggy joined us and we sat as our 40 minute wait grew to an hour and 40 minutes. None of us cared much as we were enjoying chatting on their outside patio.

Soon, a cold wind whipped down the street and you could feel the temperature drop. Then little bits of water started falling. We quickly realized it wasn’t rain, it was snow. Luckily, our table was ready. We were glad for the long wait as Julianna was able to join us as well.

The food at the High West is fantastic. I was going to make my dad proud and order elk, but at $56 for a steak, I went for the Bison Burger. It was amazing. But the desert…a cinnamon fried Krispy Kreme donut with a scoop of ice cream on top, was…the…best. My phone dies earlier in the evening, or you’d have a picture of it below. Just imagine it. Yeah, it was even better.

Then it was back to the condos. Need to pack up as we have an early call tomorrow morning to fly to Pennsylvania!

This was a great first stop on the tour and we are ready for more shows!

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