There are some great toys out there. More decisions to make than a person should be made to make. Like opening a new box of chocolates. They all look good.
In the Salt Palace right now are $10 million in toys . . . big ones, little ones, some reasonably priced and a lot outrageously expensive. All look fun.Like:
A houseboat . . . twin engines, electricity, running water and hot and cold air. And, so life isn't too hard, refrigerator, range, double sinks, beds, tables, sofa, chairs, lamps, TV with VCR, microwave oven and trash compactor.
A main floor, finished basement and spiral staircase to the moon roof.
About the only thing it doesn't come with is a yard. You furnish that. How about 200 miles of beach-front property at Lake Powell. Price: Show special from Skipper Liner, $165,000.
Something faster, maybe? How about a 29-foot cruiser, with twin 454-cubic-inch engines that can push the craft through the water at a comfortable 40-plus miles per hour?
And all without much loss in conveniences. No trash compactor, but it does come with generator, air and heat, microwave, tables, refrigerator, chairs and sleeping space for six. Price: Show special from Four Winns, cut from $120,000 to $98,500.
Something smaller, maybe? A personal water craft. A snowmobile that floats. Yamaha makes one, and now so does Bombardier. You squeeze the throttle and it goes - fast; let off and it stops - gradually. Tip it over and it bobs back right-side up. Price: From Bombardier is $4,500.
Get seasick? Pick one of the land toys. Change your front yard daily in a motor home. They come with everything the houseboat has, and a few little extras like wheels and rearview mirrors.
Aside from that, they are just like home, and as expensive. Price: A 36-foot model from El Dorado is $82,900, knocked down to $61,900.
Too big. Something smaller, real small. A fishing rod and reel, a handful of lures and stories of a fish every cast. But, not just any fish . . . 10- to 20-pound lake trout - common; northern pike as long as your arm and as hungry as baby birds; and so many arctic grayling your arm will give out long before the fish.
Frontier Lodge on the shores of Great Slave Lake, about 1,757 miles north of Salt Lake City, is just such a place, says owner Jerry Bricker, with pictures to prove it. Price: $1,890 includes seven days of fishing and all the trimmings.
Something more, uh, rugged. Round-trip fare to Anchorage, rental car, camp tent with stove and directions from Utahn Mike Rollins on where, when and how to catch king, sockeye, or silver salmon, rainbow or grayling on the famed Kenai River, or halibut from the ocean. Price: $849.
Guns, maybe, and a hunting trip in the rugged mountain of Montana. A 10-day trip into the Argosy Creek Camp for elk, deer and bear. A beautiful eight-hour ride into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area where food, tents, guides and an un-hurried lifestyle await you. Price: $2,600 with Great Bear Outfitters, license not included. They are $450 for nonresident for elk, deer, black bear, fishing and upland birds. Of course, chances are a little over 50-50 you'll come home with meat for the table.
No matter. It would be fun.
Then there are more boats, rubber ones. Great for river trips. One through the Grand Canyon will cost you around $1,300, suntan lotion not included.
And then there are finders of fish, skis for water, more homes for the road, bigger fish than a freezer could hold, faster boats than you could imagine, and fishing poles lighter than the smallest fish there to see at the annual Utah Boat, Sports and Travel show at the Salt Palace through Sunday.
No, there are too many toys and too many things to do. A person shouldn't have to choose, but it's fun daydreaming.