I had heard someone talking about this ice castle in Midway, so while Sam was home between Christmas and New Year's, we took a trip up there to see it.

We really, really loved it. I think we went at the perfect time of day (we arrived just before 4 pm) because it wasn't very crowded, the sun was out long enough to reflect off the ice in really beautiful ways, and the light was constantly changing. The ice formations reminded me so much of Carlsbad Caverns---doesn't the picture above look just like this?
First of all, a cute baby. We must establish that, first of all.
Now, the eerie, otherworldly, lit-from-within ice. So delicate! So pale! (This does not actually have lights under it. Although at night, some of it does.)

It's pretty amazing to see the size of this thing. You can read about how they made it on their website. It evolves throughout the winter as temperatures change.
I loved these knobby bits, with a light dust of snow on top. 
Here they are closer-up.
Did you remember a cute baby?
I love the different colors the ice changes as the sun passes through it!
Blue shadows underneath. These look like a bunch of canopy beds with curtains hanging down. Or mushrooms.
Looking up at some jagged icicles. This is so abstract, I love it. You could be looking any direction. Or at one ice crystal, microscopic.
A Junie ice-cube.
More knobs. Vertical this time.
A Ky ice-cube!
More scary jagged-ness
Love these tiny, scale-like shapes
Peeking out of an ice canyon
Sunset catches the edges of the ice
Layers of blue
Long, snaky ice-wall

We stopped by the Heber Valley Creamery afterwards, and when we were done, it was dark, so I had Sam take me back and drop me off so I could take another run through the castle and see it in the night time. They have lights beneath the ice in several places, making it glow different colors, and it looks really cool. I stand by my assertion that seeing it in the daylight is even more spectacular, though. Still, these pictures are striking:
We loved this! Go see it yourself! (On a Monday afternoon, when it's cheaper and less crowded.)


  1. okay, I would've thought you go these off the internet from like Antarctica if I didn't see your cute kiddos in the pictures. Seriously! Wow.
    Also, that person in the blue coat, is that seriously Abraham? It could be you or Phillip. Totally. He I mean, not it.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing thing!

  2. Or, you could imagine you were being mobbed by jelly fish. And of COURSE it looks like Carlsbad - it's the same process, in a way - except one takes minerals and time and doesn't melt when spring comes. It really is otherworldly, and there's kinetic energy there - you have to expect it to move, somehow, because there is so much movement in the lines that make it up. But I don't want to go there because it's cold. And I'm done with cold. DONE. So I'm sitting by the fire, trying to remember the eleventy five urgent things I'm supposed to be doing, and not wanting to take even one of them seriously.


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