So how’d I do?
After my check in post last month, (if you didn’t see that check it out here) there were just a few things left on my list.
*Hike Suicide Rock
*Try Thai Basil
*Eat an ice cream cone
*Visit a farmers market
*Go star gazing
*See a movie in the park
*Day at the beach
Well I really tried my best to complete my summer bucket list, but with the wedding fast approaching and me getting a second job, not all went according to plan.
I did not see a movie in the park :/ The park’s movie schedule did not work with my schedule. But I think this will make my bucket list again next year. Fingers crossed
I also was unable to spend a day at the beach. This item may have been wishful thinking. Here in Utah there are NO beaches. I was hoping to spend a day at Daybreak’s lake with its sandy beach, but once again time seemed to get away from me.
I didn’t get time to hike Suicide rock either. By the time I got home each night from work it was far too late to make it out and have enough light to safely hike the rock.
I did get to complete quite a few more items though!
*Tyler and I got ice cream cones from McDonalds. ( I mean we are on a budget) I love the soft serve ice cream from there. It’s the perfect summer treat.
*We also tried Thai Basil. We stayed and dined in and the restaurant was really cute with fun decorations. However the food was not as impressive as I thought it was going to be. While it was good quality and did taste delicious, it didn’t compare to our other favorites. We tried the Pad Thai and the Sweet and Sour Calamari. I loved the calamari, but Tyler thought it was a little spicy. Overall decent food, but not up to the hype in my opinion.
*I had the chance to go wander and take photos of my local farmer's market. This market is just a 5 minute walk from my apartment. So I took a little stroll. It was lots of fun to go around the market and know that what I’m buying is grown just behind the little shop. Here’s some cute photos from my trip :)
*I love looking at the stars. It’s seriously so peaceful, and the night sky is one of my favorite views. I try to stargaze from my balcony as often as possible, but it’s even better when I can get a little out of the city. Tyler has a spot up in a developing subdivision in Herriman that has a great spot for stargazing. We did make it there this summer.
Last night my mom hosted a bridal shower for me. It was a small gathering and was just close friends and family.
I had a wonderful time and loved being surrounded by those who love me.
A lot of work was put into this shower and I really appreciate my bridesmaids taking so much effort to make it cute.
We had a cute backdrop we took photos against. It was so cute and a fun place to make sure I had a photo with every guest.
My mom made super cute party favors that said “kiss the miss goodbye”.
We also played games. Each guest filled out a card with marriage advice and I read them aloud. I know I’ll keep these cards for a long time and reread the advice. We also played a game where I was asked questions and then got to see a recording of Tyler answering the same questions. It was so fun and made everyone laugh.
Overall it was a fantastic night and I had a bunch of fun.
Man I love sushi. There is nothing more delicious. Thankfully Tyler shares my love for sushi, and we frequently go out on sushi dates. So naturally we have a favorite sushi restaurant and favorite rolls.
Our favorite sushi restaurant is called J&C House. It’s in Riverton at 12564 S Rhetski Ln.
We love the quality of the rolls and the price!
My top 5 rolls are:
The Utah Roll - shrimp with cucumber and topped with crab, tobiko, and eel sauce, it’s seriously amazing.
The Lion Roll - crab, avocado, crunchy, masago and eel sauce.
The Dragon Roll - crab, avocado, cucumber, eel sauce, and tobiko
The Vegas Roll - salmon, cream cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce. I mean it’s deep fried, what’s not to love??
The California Roll - a classic, crab, cucumber, and avocado.
We’ve also full heartedly jumped in on the sushi burrito scene.
We love both Sushi Burrito and Sumo Burrito
My favorite burrito from Sushi Burrito is the California Sumo: with crab, avocado, cream cheese, and cucumber topped with eel sauce plus it’s deep fried and just delicious.
From Sumo Burrito, I’ve only had one, but I LOVED it. It’s the Dancing Shrimp: filled with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cucumber, spinach, and their special teri mayo sauce.
With such a crazy busy life, having time to just relax and unwind is important (otherwise I’d go crazy)
My favorite way to relax is to draw a warm bath, a lovely bath bomb ( I love the fragrant jewel ones), and a cup of chamomile tea. I’ll either read while in the bath or watch netflix on my laptop. There’s just something about a warm bubbly bath that heals all wounds.
If I don’t have the time for a bubble bath or am simply not in the mood, I love to sit out on my patio in my adorable patio chairs with a drink and a book or pinterest.
It’s the simple things in life that are wonderful.
How do you unwind?
I love the outdoors and I absolutely adore going on hikes. Luckily for me Utah is a beautiful place and has tons of amazing hikes. Here are some of my favorite Utah Hikes
This is a pretty hike located in Utah county. There’s a nice paved trail all the way to the top of the mountain, and it can get steep. While the trail is beautiful and the views of the valley from the top are amazing, the reason this hike made the list was for the cave found at the top.
After your hike up the mountain you can take a tour through the caves. These underground tours do need to be paid for at the bottom before you hike up, but it’s totally worth the ticket price. The system of caves are longer than you would imagine and contain amazing views of lakes, rivers, stalagmites and stalactites. The views inside are breathtaking.
My family goes every year over labor day weekend. The caves are constantly changing and growing so this tour is one you can do over and over again!
A family friendly, mostly flat trail that leads to an amazing waterfall. The waterfall flows through the middle of an opening in the rocks, getting the name donut falls. I’ve only visited here once, but the water feature at the end makes the hike worth the effort.
The trail that leads to suicide rock is mostly used to get to the shoot the tube access point. So the first part of this hike is busier than the end. Once you pass the tube entrance, you have to keep going into the woodsy area. The trail here is not paved and can be hard to follow.
Suicide Rock is a large rock that sits between freeways and is covered in graffiti. Totally picturesque and fun to see how high you dare to climb.
Check out my hiking adventure of it here.
The hikes listed above are located around the Salt Lake Valley, but I can’t skip mentioning Zion National Park.
I visited Zion for the first time about a year ago and have already been back once. This park is seriously some of the most beautiful Utah landscape I’ve seen. This park needs 3 days to truly be appreciated.
Some of my favorite hikes from there are:
This hike is easily one of the most popular and is largely what Zion is known for. This hike is an all day one and you must bring lots and lots of water and snacks. I love this hike because most of the time you are walking through a flowing river.
It’s so fun to be in the river and the views are GORGEOUS!!!
This is rated as a moderate trail and leads to three separate pools. The water is a beautiful emerald blue/green. The trail is mostly shady making it a good hike for any time of day.
Another super popular hike at Zion, Angels Landing is a hard hike that has some beautiful scenery.
Once you reach the top of the outcropping you get an amazing view of the canyon. If you are brave you can hike the extremely narrow trail to the very top. The name comes from the thought that the peak is so high that only angels would be able to land there. Pretty cool huh
While this one isn’t really a hike so much as a short walk this is one of my favorite places in Zion. A short and steep trail leads you underneath an overhang. This is where the magic is.
Water pours off the edge of this rock and it’s beautiful. It feels like it’s raining from the rock. There really isn’t any way for me to properly describe this beauty.
What are your favorite Utah hikes? I’d love to give them a try!
Hi! My name is Kylie. I'm 21 years old and am married to my best friend! I love my wonderfully normal life and hope you do too.