For around four months every year, I live in a Winterland. My cozy house is surrounded by white trees. From the windows, I admire the long and pretty ice icicles forming along the edge of the roof. Everything looks so magic, white everywhere.
I was born in a tropical country, so I rather see the whiteland from inside my house, wrapped up in cozy blankets and holding a hot chocolate flaring up.
However, once my ears heard an ice castle was built in my state home, I couldn’t take off the idea of going to see it and freeze my butt up.
My partners in crime; my husband and 4-year-old son, got themselves into the car, and we drove around an hour and a half from our home. It was a great drive! Along the road, we saw beautiful horses moving their tails up and down, cows mooing and magnificent mountains dressed in white. We drove past Salt Lake City, a town mixed with modernity and historicity. Then we passed along the beautiful Park City, which is one of my favorites cities in Utah. It looks like those quiet little towns in Disney stories, but at the same time it is modern, and there are tons of things to do. Oh, by the way, it is the home of Sunday Film Festival! Wanna see famous actors? Step there from Jan 21 to 31 and don’t forget your camera!
So, we finally made it to Hebert City. I have never been there, but I am definitely going back to get it to know more. It is a little town with amazing views, which you can admire from your seat in the North Pole Express. It is like a step back in time riding the train. The city is also in the same neighborhood of three reservoirs.
The ice castle was beyond my expectation. I ran from here to there like a little girl. I promise I felt like Elsa from Frozen. I wanted to stay there forever…until I couldn’t feel my feet and hands more ha ha ha. There is a tiny cabin where hot cocoa, cookies, and cinnamon rolls are sold. In the center of the castle, let’s say in the “living room” there are 3 or 4 big wood logs where you sit to drink your cocoa and just talk.
The castle has many tunnels and ice icicles. You can even walk on the top of the castle. Davis and Christensen, the ice artists, have magic hands and creative imagination. Something that I loved was that they put in some “walls” lights of colors, so at night, it looks very colorful.
Being in an ice castle is one experience you don’t want to miss. I heard they built three more in Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Lincoln, New Hampshire; and Edmonton, Alberta.
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