What to bring, and, what not to bring....
Don't bring him.
We love animals. We really do. In fact, we have our very own little beast. A lovable, hairy, smelly representation of a creature, all one hundred and forty five pounds of him.
As you can see, he's really energetic too. Loves to travel.
But we don't bring him to Brian Head. At least, not any more.
You see, dogs tend to get a little hypoxic at that altitude, just like people do. And, sometimes, they get confused. Just like we do. And they sometimes forget that all important concept of "house training". Now, the last thing we need is to have a few animals get into the house, and start "marking their territory". Once one does it, any other beloved pet that follows will smell it and do it also. Next thing you know, we've got really smelly carpets.
And worse, issues with potential allergies. Some people are allergic to animal dander, especially cats, and sometimes their allergies can manifest as asthma. Now asthma is not a good thing in general, but at ten thousand feet altitude, and a half hour away from the hospital (in good weather), asthma can be a really bad thing. In fact, it can be a deadly thing.
So, for the health and welfare of our future guests, please give the critters a kiss and a hug, and leave them home.
Pets are NOT allowed on the premises.
Don't bring him either.
Many people find cat hair to be extremely allergenic. Trust me, the last thing you want is to have a child with asthma come down with an asthma attack at 10,000 feet altitude, in a snow storm, an hour away from a hospital.
Besides, cats can be little traveling guys. You really don't want yours to get himself lost in the woods outside the house. There are predators in the neighborhood, and occasionally you'll see a hawk circling around, looking for something to eat. In the winter, a cat is just not going to survive the snow and the extremes of temperature.
Leave him home. He'll love you for it.
Nothing. Provided no one steals what we've stocked there.
There is a complete set of nonstick pots and pans, along with the necessary and appropriate plastic food handling devices. We'd prefer that you not use metal inside our pots and pans, in order to protect them. There's also enough dishes and cups for twelve people (with an additional ten or so in reserve). There should be enough stainless steel eating utensils for all. There is dishwasher detergent in the cabinet near the oven; please be careful with small children, as those new little dishwasher detergent packets can be enticing to little humans who like to put things in their mouths. Ingesting dishwashing detergent can be deadly There should be more dishwashing detergent (liquid) under the sink.
A stockpile of paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls is in the cabinet above the refrigerator. We do our best to keep that well stocked. Of course, there should be toilet paper in all of the bathrooms too. You might want to make sure its there before you, oh, we won't go there.
As the house was designed for a family, and not a huge party of people, there really is only seating in the kitchen area for about five. However, we have two fold up plastic tables strapped in underneath the kitchen bar, with eight additional folding chairs propped up somewhere in the living room (haven't figured out where to stash those yet). If you like the people that you've invited, feel free to set up the tables in the living room so that you can all eat together. If you don't, put them out on the deck.
The kitchen has a toaster oven, an electric oven, a microwave oven, one dishwasher, a double sink with garbage disposal, a modern (touch on touch off) faucet, and a refrigerator freezer combination with ice maker. There is also an electric stove top with an electric grill built in.
We do have a turkey roasting pan.
For you coffee lovers, there is a Cuisinart coffee maker. There should be filters stocked somewhere in the kitchen. We do not provide coffee however; primarily because we don't drink coffee, and, we haven't figured out how to use the machine.
If there's anything else that you'd like to see in the kitchen other than a full time chef and butler, please let us know.
We love children. We have children. We love them dearly. Most of the time....
However, there are some things you need to know about having children at the house.
There are heights involved in the design of the house. The bridge to the entrance door of the house is about fifty feet long, and at its highest part, is over thirty feet from the ground.
The loft overlooks the living room; we have placed plastic mesh over the handrails so that young children will find it difficult to climb on them.
The deck outside the living room has magnificent views, however, at some points it also is over twenty five feet from the ground.
The outside decks off of level one are lower to the ground; regardless, children can get hurt if they are climbing over railings.
The Jacuzzi on level one is an six man Jacuzzi; unsupervised children can get hurt or drown in the hot tub. The jacuzzi and weight equipment area is fenced off from the rest of the house, making it difficult for small children to access the hot tub. Please make sure that if you have children, that this security gate remains closed.
There are bath tubs, and toilets, which also can be a hazard to small children.
The important thing to realize is that children need to be supervised at all times for their safety