Hi, I’m back! I had a blast spending the last five days in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. My apologies for not posting as promised but there was so much to do that blogging just didn’t fit into the schedule. Besides, carrying around a heavy camera and lens got old pretty quickly so a lot of my pictures ended up being taken with my iphone. The trip actually had a bad start but it seems like ages ago since it happened. Due to the hot mid-day conditions in Salt Lake City, my husband and I were bumped off our connecting flight to Sun Valley (weight and balance issues). The next available flight would not be until the following morning so we were forced to stay the night in a Delta Airlines-endorsed “hotel” without a car. This is the second time this has happened to us this year. In February, our connecting flight to Aspen was cancelled so we ended up staying in SLC all day only to finally grab a flight to Grand Junction, rent a car and drive almost two hours before reaching Aspen. Not good. As much as we’ve enjoyed Salt Lake City as a destination (skiing/cycling), we’ve not had much luck when it comes to layovers. The upside is that a good friend who resides in Salt Lake City kept us company for the evening, allowing us to visit our favorite bike shop and eat some good Middle Eastern food. We finally arrived in Sun Valley on Friday morning (July 2) and after settling in at our friends’ beautiful home in town, we were off on our first adventure. The evenings were spent drinking great wine, eating delicious food and most importantly, spending quality time with six of our friends. On the second day, I spent the morning mountain biking with the boys and took in some more beautiful scenery. The following day was 4th of July. We celebrated the occasion by embarking on a five-mile one-way hike up to Mt. Baldy. Of course, we couldn’t end the day without a reward… On our last full day, the boys went on another long bike ride in the morning and fished in the afternoon. The girls did some urban hiking, visiting Sun Valley galleries and taking advantage of the 4th of July weekend sales. Some other noteworthy events: We missed the town’s annual 4th of July fireworks display so we created our own. After firing off half our goods, the kind policeman sent us off without a fine. The following morning, my husband and our friend ran into our own Governor Arnold at the local coffee shop sporting some serious bed head (according to hubby). Overall, it was a fun-filled trip. We’ve spent the last seven summers staying in Telluride (Colorado), one of my favorite places in the world, but after my first visit to Sun Valley, I know it won’t be my last. We have our good friends to thank for welcoming us into their beautiful mountain home and showing us what Sun Valley has to offer. And starting tomorrow, I’ll have four of my nieces and nephews with me for the weekend. I’ll try to resume my food posts with some kid-pleasing recipes and catch up on the posts of my favorite bloggers in between. Cheers!