Summer in Salt Lake City!

Something happened to Salt Lake City while I was in Japan: it turned into summer.  So nothing surprising, but to me it seemed instantaneous.  A few nights before I left on my trip at the beginning of June it was so chilly I had to wear a jacket one night to walk to dinner.  The weather in Japan was gray and cool in Tokyo and hot and humid in Kyoto, but it rained almost the whole time.  Plus, it got dark around 7 p.m., throwing me back into a spring-like time warp.  When I came back to Salt Lake City, the temperature was hitting the top end of 90 degrees and it was dark until 10 p.m.

Enjoying wine and sunshine at the Arts Festival with Meagan.

So for all you SLC-dwellers, this summer weather is nothing new as you’ve been getting used to it for a month.  But as you can see from all my recent Japan posts, I didn’t exactly need sunscreen there.  Which means I am loving all our sunshine lately.  I’ve spent as much time as possible on my deck, reading, writing and enjoying the sunset.

Getting attacked by art at the Arts Festival.

Summer is my favorite season in Utah.  (Ok, summer and fall are my favorite, to be fair.)  One of the many reasons is that there is so much to do.  I ended my trip just in time for one of my favorite SLC activities, the Arts Festival, followed by the equally awesome Savor the Summit event in Park City.  Next up is the Twilight Concert Series (every Thursday from now until the end of August), Snowbird’s Oktoberfest beer festival (weekends starting August 18), the Deer Valley Music Festival (begins July 20; I already have tickets to Earth, Wind & Fire!), the City Weekly Beer Fest (August 26; hopefully they’ve improved things since last year), and the SLC International Jazz Festival (September 1-3) to add to the already on-going Downtown Farmer’s Market (every Saturday at Pioneer Park), Red Butte Garden concerts, Bee’s baseball games and Real Salt Lake soccer games.  Plus all the restaurants have patio dining and summer wine tasting events (like Wine Down Wednesdays at Zy, Whiskey Wednesday at High West and Meditrina’s Red White & Bleu Wine Social).  How will I fit it all in?!

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