When your eyes and lungs are burning and you feel like you must escape to Los Angeles (of all places) to find some clean air to breathe, you know two things:
- You live in Salt Lake City.
- It is winter and thus the air is completely unbreathable.
Utah has this lovely weather phenomenon called The Inversion where fog and dust and muck settle on the Salt Lake valley and unless a giant winter storm blows through to clear all that out, it just sits there, percolating into a fine pollution stew. There are no-drive days, your eyes and lungs burn if you so much as jog to your car, and the haze is so thick you cannot see the massive, 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks that rim the valley. It’s depressing.
Disclaimer: to winter-sport enthusiasts, those 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks have some of the best snow in the world, and as soon as you get to the mouth of any given canyon you are high enough in elevation that you are above The Inversion. Don’t cancel your ski vacation to Park City or Solitude/Alta/Brighton/Sundance/Snowbird/The Canyons (did I miss any resorts? I don’t think so).
I am one of the lucky ones, I have escaped! I’m relaxing in 70-something degree, sunny weather with clear(ish) air and no haze. I feel like I forgot to mention something. Something kind of big.
Um, I’m in Disneyland. Right now.
This was a very last minute trip that is counting as a “work trip”. Kind of. Vladd–the deaf, diabetic, autistic, vegetarian I take care of 90 hours a week–and I are here, staying in a swanky hotel, eating at swanky places, and generally having a blast. And not only is this not costing me a dime (thank you work Amex), but I am also being paid to hang out in sunny California. And go on theme park rides. And order room service.
Like I said, it’s Big. Huge. Seismic, even.
So far we have done little but check into a hotel and take a nap. (Well, Vladd is taking a nap, I’m blogging.)(clearly.) But, there are big plans for tomorrow. I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was eleven, I’m crazy-excited.
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