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Midway Utah- part 2

midway city utA bit more history about Midway Utah- last week we finished up another year of Swiss Days in which our no-stop-light-town fills up with 30,000+ visitors, it’s a weekend of yodeling, local musicians performing, craft, lederhosen and Swiss pride. I love it all- the Swiss-themed signage and architectural details around town makes me smile.

swiss tower clockIn the town building there’s this cuckoo clock, it reminds me of the welcome to Duloc scene from Shrek– except it’s in real life.  I always feel lucky when I’m around on-the-hour to see the tiny doors open up, the figurines pop out, rotate and music plays.

Schneitter's Hot Pots, Midway UTBack to some history…I’m not sure what year this invitation/business card is from but these hot pots are still in use and haven’t fallen into disrepair like Mountain Spaa.

The Crater, Midway UTSome original settlers of Midway, perhaps the Schneitters themselves, in front of the crater in the late 1890’s. The Crater is the biggest and most amazing natural phenomenon in town. Currently, the Crater is part of the Homestead Resort.

homestead crater midway utHere is how the Crater and the Homestead look today.

stairs to the top of the craterThe stairs to the top of the Crater, slightly improved since the early 1900’s.

top of Homestead craterIn the last year or so, the Homestead has added a nice bridge and improved netting system for those who want to get a good look down into the Crater from the top. The view of the whole valley is great from this vantage point.

looking down into the craterLooking down into the Crater from above- can you see the feet of swimmers in the patch of sunlight?  The scene in 127 Hours when James Franco and girls jump into the pool was filmed right here.

inside the crater midway utInside the crater- accessed from a ‘tunnel’ that has been carved out of the rock at the bottom. The water is crystal clear and continually 95 degrees. At 60 feet deep, it’s a popular spot for scuba divers with marks every 20 feet until you reach the sandy bottom. To keep swimming organized, you’ve got to schedule a session in advance. I’ve been meaning to sign up for a paddle board yoga class in this spot. Awesome.

For part 1 of Midway history, including more on the Mountain Spaa resort look here.

working for mother nature

20120522-134047.jpgIf you are going to plant any sort of vegetable garden this year let me recommend at the very least– tomatoes and basil. Tomatoes because they are a million times better out of the garden than from the store and that’s no exaggeration. And basil because it can be used in all sorts of easy summer dishes and making your own pesto (a classic summertime meal) is so easy and affordable with handfuls of fresh basil at your disposal.

20120522-134058.jpgLook- you don’t even need a fancy yard or garden plot to plant these delicious morsels. Tomatoes and basil both do well in pots, as long as they are well watered and splashed with Miracle-Gro once a week or so. I’ve planted Grape, Cherry, Roma and Early Girl tomatoes- you’ve got to have a variety. Grape and Cherry tomatoes are like summertime candy. Roma tomatoes are less squishy and not so full of seeds- a beginners tomatoes (if you are still learning to like tomatoes) great for making pasta sauces. Early Girl tomatoes- the traditional fat, round variety, mature in 50 days and are good for gardeners who dwell in areas with shorter growing seasons. They are excellent sliced on sandwiches and cooked into soups.
Oh my backyard- (sigh) in all its unfinished, dry and windswept barren loneliness. This summer (our second summer in this house) I take matters into my own hands and it ALL starts with this pile of rocks:
20120522-134311.jpgOur town of Midway is know for it’s geothermal activity. Craters are everywhere and a few hot springs can be found here and there, public and private. What this means for all the residents is heaps and heaps of pot rock (pictured above) everywhere you step. I’ve decided to make friends with the not so aesthetically pleasing rock and take care of the first matter of backyard-finishing-business- use it to build a retaining wall.  It’s affordable and plentiful and I’ve got cheap labor on hand (three teenagers to be exact, not including their friends who may or may not decide to pitch in). It’s a lot to undertake, I know, but I think I can pull it off with a bit of research, heaps of rocks, some concrete and my little helpers.

20120522-134121.jpgOne spot in the yard already looking good is my perennial bed in the front of the house. I planted all of these plants last spring and most have survived and thrived. Yellow and orange poppies- showing off their color.

20120522-134136.jpgLittle geranium flowers (a variety I can’t remember the name of) in the foreground, lupine in the background. My delphinium plant from last year didn’t make it. I decided to treat it as a fluke, planted another one and watch with fingers crossed. This house is about 1000 ft. higher in elevation than my other house where delphinium prospered.  Maybe I should just ask at the nursery- duh.

20120522-134156.jpgLupine grows wild in these parts and as you can see, it’s going wild in my yard too- such a beautiful purple or dark pink flower, about to bloom in this picture. But most wild of all is the catnip (in the background) I cut it back every 2 weeks so it doesn’t take over the neighboring columbine and everything else. I wish Pierre (the cat) would get starry eyed because of it but he doesn’t seem to care a drop about the plant.

I hope the outdoor areas in your life are looking and feeling fine. As for me, I’m back to collecting pot rock…