A Reason to Love the Ice and Cold: Midway's Ice CastlesWritten by Carol Rice
Finally a reason to love the cold, snow and ice!
As a Utah girl I spent most of my wintery weekends on the slopes. But somehow over the years, I've slowly become a fair-weather Utahn.
The pretty white snow is a lovely accessory for Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday. But after that, I would be fine with someone just sweeping it all away.
Until this week – our family got invited to spend some time at the Midway Ice Castle and I found myself thankful for the cold, snow and ice. In fact, praying for frigid temperatures that would keep the Ice Castle around as long as possible.
I remember seeing articles about the Ice Castles several years ago and really wanted to go, but never made it. Then, because the weather wasn't COLD enough, for a few years we weren't graced with the presence of Ice Castles – but this year, thank you blessed freezing temperatures – THEY'RE BACK!
Our entire family enjoyed it (and I have “kids” from the ages of 14-25).
So along with some pictures from our visit, here's our advice to make the most of your visit:
1. Wear good warm socks and shoes/boots with plenty of traction. You'll be walking around on 2 feet of ice. They break it up so it feels like sand/gravel underfoot, but it gets packed down in places and can get slippery.
And, warmth is important because you don't want your toesies to freeze up and spoil your sense of adventure and desire to explore.
2. We honestly could not decide if we liked the daytime more than the evening, or vice versa. Check out these pictures of the same spot, during the day and during the night.
Really, there's no comparison. The brilliant glacier-white ice and snow up against the backdrop of the sky is absolutely beautiful.
And then at night, with LED lights bringing the structures to life with dancing colors of red, blue, green, purple, gold...
Really, there's no comparison. We went in the afternoon, just before sunset (about 4:30ish) so we could see both.
I think it would be hard to believe you could be disappointed day or night, but it was such a treat to see both.
3. Take your camera - really, it's one of those places. You will be completely bummed if you don't have something to capture the magic. Charge up your battery and clean off your memory card - and hand the camera to different people to catch perspectives and images from a variety of angles.
4. If you can, find Brent, Dan, Andrew or any one of the hardworking people who make this phenomenal beauty happen - and tell them THANK YOU!
These guys work around the clock (repairing the castle from any melting or damage in the freezing temperatures at night)
One of them told me, "You should see the mist at 1 or 2 in the morning when we are misting/spraying everything down."
But it isn't just a seasonal thing for them, they spend all year planning, designing, building, training, etc. to make this happen. It's a dream come true for them to share such a thing with all of us - if you're lucky enough to see them, say hi.
5. Suspend expectations and just enjoy! I'm so glad we did! They aren't here every year, so enjoy it while you can.
It's a place of wonder. You can't help but want to touch it, watch it and explore every nook and cranny.
From our family, to yours, we hope you love it as much as we did!
And as fun as it was for families, all the couples thought it would be a great date night; very romantic, wandering through the beautiful tunnels together.
P.S. We'd love to hear the story of your visit - leave us a comment!
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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