Beneath the Surface

My first introduction to the lost town of Keetley came from a story my dad tells about him and his high-school friend, driving along the old stretch of highway 40 that then bridged Park City and Heber, before the dam was constructed in the late 80s. They had a tradition that as they approached Keetley, my dad would kick his 1964 Buick Special into neutral, turn off his engine, and coast down the hill towards Heber; then, as they approached the Keetley town limits, as indicated by a small road sign reading “Keetley,” they…

Pickleball

Pickleball: the cross-generational game that is, with no exaggeration, sweeping the nation; and it’s sweeping tennis courts, gyms, and driveways across Heber Valley too. For those of you who don’t know, pickleball is something like a friendly game of miniature tennis played with oversized ping-pong paddles and a fist-sized whiffle ball, all on a court size roughly akin to that of badminton. And people are loving it! Things started getting serious in the valley when a group of about 20 friends, mostly an outdoorsy crew…