By mid day yesterday I was gettin’ saucy with a Nalgene size screwdriver while watching a few Rugby games up in Park City. It was a great way to spend some time with some friends and family and catch up with some old friends from the rugby scene that I haven’t seen for quite some time.
Rugby was a huge part of my life during my younger years. I played through high school for the Highland Rugby program in Salt Lake City. It was one of the greatest athletic experiences in my life as a young buck. I was able to travel all over the world playing matches from New Zealand to Australia and all over the United States. I was fortunate to meet a lot of great people and learn a great game in the process.
I went on to play for a minute in College at Utah State University before starting and coaching a small High school team in that same area for two years. That offered my me a great chance to learn the ropes of teaching something no one had ever seen or heard of in that small town and we actually had the chance to compete against my old team from years before.
Rugby in the US reminds me a lot of where Telemark skiing is at. The scenes are small but supportive and those that are involved are extremely passionate about what they do and how they do it. Growth is slow at times, but both sports are steadfast, secure, and will be around forever because of the people that love them.
The good times rolled into the night. Erica and I headed home after spending the afternoon in PC where we rocked some lunch at The Yarrow….a great little hotel/restaurant in the area…check it out if you get a chance. Then it was on to the firework display in sugarhouse park. I can’t remember the last time that I went to something like that. Tons of people! It was rad though for the mere fact that it is fun sometimes to just go out like that and people watch.
I’m looking forward to getting back on track with work the next couple of days though and enjoying the weekend. Hope everyone enjoyed the Independence day!