then we headed up the canyon, stopping for tony's tacos in heber for lunch, before driving up and over guardsmans pass in an attempt to see all the pretty fall leaves. i have been bugging nick about making said-drive for a few weeks and it kept getting put off, but he assured me that there would still be loads of colorful leaves. it was pretty hilarious just how wrong he was.
a few trees in the valley still looked kinda pretty and nick assured me that it would be even prettier further up the road. as we started getting up there and were surrounded by nothing but death, he remained certain that when we hit the aspens, they would still be full of bright yellow leaves. but literally every single tree was dead and completely barren of any leaves. well that's a lie. there was one tree. one tree with a few, pitiful yellow leaves clinging to it. haha we had a good laugh over it all and still enjoyed the sunshine and mountain air streaming in through our sunroof. plus i think the aspens still looked kinda cool lifeless.
once we made it out of big cottonwood canyon, we checked out the madewell that recently opened in salt lake, stopped by milosport, then went to dinner at copper onion before seeing the skeleton twins. which was awesome. bill hader and kristen wiig are two of my very favorites. the movie was definitely a bit sadder than i expected, but at the same time just as funny as i wanted it to be.
all in all, it turned out to be a perfectly nice, mellow birthday date with mah 25-year-old man :)