We snuck in one more night of camping up American Fork Canyon last night. We ate elk meat tin foil dinners, eggs in a bag for breakfast, went on a short hike, drank hot chocolate, and made some great memories...in the rain. We had rolling thunder storms with lots of rain throughout the night and while warm and cozy at night, our morning breakfast was in a torrential downpour. The kids were troopers. Who needs boys when you've got these great girls?
We camped at Salamander Flats which only cost $6 for a 3 night pass. There was an outhouse but no running water. The leaves were turning color and it's gorgeous this time of the year however this weekend is the last weekend to camp before the park closes their campsites for the year. If you haven't hiked, biked, climbed, fished, four wheeled, horse backed, snow shoed, or cross country skied AF canyon you're missing out. Definitely check out the AF canyon caves which requires a short semi steep (I think 1 mile up) paved hike to the entrance. It's a neat place to explore.
A few links to American Fork Canyon Activities that might be helpful:
American Fork Canyon
It’s no secret that we love Salt Lake City. We also love food. As luck would have it, downtown Salt Lake has a thriving food scene where innovative chefs and dedicated restaurant owners work their magic to delight our tastebuds. Recently, we asked the followers of our Facebook Page to tell us their favorite places to eat in downtown, and wouldn’t you know, we had more comments on that post than any other in the history of our Facebook Page. The following is a highlight of some of our favorites and yours. Let us know if we missed your favorite!
1. Moochie’s Meatballs & More
232 East 800 South
Salt Lake City
With an owner straight from Philly, and a feature by Food Network’s “BEST OF Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this is THE place to go for fresh homemade Italian food and the best Philly Cheesesteaks and meatball sandwiches in Utah.
454 East 300 South
Salt Lake City
We recommending dining on the patio, under umbrellas and Japanese maple trees, on their secluded city patio. We love the way Chef De Cuisine Joe Kemp takes on traditional dishes and adds a sophisticated, modern twist to achieve a complexity of flavors.
3. Valter’s Osteria
173 West Broadway, Salt Lake City
Arguably the best Italian food in Utah. Creative and charming chef/owner Valter Nassi wants one thing: for you to go home satisfied. And you will here.
4. Rye Diner and Drinks
239 South 500 East, Salt Lake City
Expect not only good food at Rye, but good music as well: it’s owned by the same team that runs Urban Lounge—the music venue next door. If you’re there during a show, you can watch live video streaming of the concert.
5. Himalayan Kitchen
360 South State Street, Salt Lake City
Traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients by dedicated Nepali chefs. Mouth-watering curries, warm hand made naan, sizzling Tandoori grills, organic Himalayan coffee and more. Namaste.
6. From Scratch
62 East Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City
18 W Market St, Salt Lake City
Pushing the envelope of contemporary Japanese cuisine, Takashi presents unrivaled sushi, sahimi and hot dishes in a memorable downtown setting. SLC’s most extensive selection of sake. Beer and wine. With a place this good, there will be a wait.
Teri Hunter Eaton Tie for first place=@TuscanySLC and @Francks
878 S. 900 East | 801-532-0777
This artisanal-based, farm-to-table restaurant features both classics, like the nationally famous Pago Burger with pickled onions, and edgier fare like a carrot tasting which features the common vegetable five ways–raw, a confit, pickle, chips and a luxurious carrot mascarpone. Come for comfort or come to be surprised.
Charming neighborhood restaurant, with a continental flair. Friendly an knowledgeable staff. Great simple fair with fresh seasonal offerings. Great atmosphere. Always a perfect place for intimate dinners, and conversation.
Grandpa David Lum passed away last week. He was 92 years old. Grandpa was steady, a great provider, a generous man, a support, and a wonderful husband to Grandma. I don't remember a single moment in my entire life when these two were away from one another. They went and did everything together and it breaks my heart to think of my Grandma being alone after so many years of companionship. Thank you Grandpa for the wonderful memories. Stomping on cockroaches in your backyard, eating baby tomatoes from your garden, the red envelopes, the delicious meals, your Old Spice smell, you steady constant support. We love you.
On July 9 the Federal Reserve released its Fed Minutes, announcing plans to taper back QE III through the end of the year. If the economy stays on track, the Fed plans to make a $15 billion reduction in October as well. This after cutting back $10 billion at each meeting since last fall. However the Fed will continue to reinvest the principal payments on all agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, and continue to purchase agency mortgage backed securities with the proceeds. So even though QE III may wind down in October, the Fed will continue to support low home loan rates. This is great news for rates in 2014! Even better, the Feds are planning on keeping interest rates low through 2015!
HOME SALES: Sales of single-family homes in Salt Lake County fell 9 percent in the second quarter (year-over-year) to 3,298 units sold, down from 3,626 units sold in the second quarter of 2013, according to the Salt Lake Board of Realtors®. In the first six months of 2014, home sales dropped 7 percent compared to the first half of 2013. Other Wasatch Front counties that experienced falling home sales included: Davis County (down 9 percent); and Utah County (down 6 percent).
“Less inventory and rising home prices have caused some home buyers to pull back or not qualify for a mortgage. Slowing sales are having an effect on home prices, which increased less than 2 percent in the second quarter.” - Angie Domichel Nelden, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors®.
Home sales fell in most Salt Lake County cities including: Draper, down 14 percent; Herriman, down 21 percent; Magna, down 16 percent; Riverton, down 10 percent; Sandy (84092) down 17 percent; South Jordan, down 12 percent; and Sugar House (84105) down 10 percent.
In the second quarter the median home price increased to $254,000, a 2 percent rise compared to a median price of $249,900 in the second quarter of 2013.
New listings increased to 6,584 homes in the second quarter, up 1 percent compared to 6,489 new listings a year ago.
New construction numbers have risen 49% as compared to the same quarter in 2013.
CONDO SALES: Sales of condominiums in Salt Lake County climbed to 827 in the second quarter, an increase of 3 percent compared to 802 sales in the second quarter of 2013. During the same period, the median condo price in Salt Lake County climbed to $174,900, up 3 percent compared to a median price of $170,000.
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