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Summer fun in Salt Lake City

By The Hub team, October 06, 2017

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By Health and Welfare TPA Manager Kathleen Plumley

This summer, my best friend and I traveled to Salt Lake City to visit my daughter -- Sgt. Plumley who lives near Ogden, Utah, at Hill Air Force Base. While Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas are great ski destinations, this is one of my favorite destinations for spring, summer and fall as well. The area is quite beautiful, and there is a lot to see!

Kathleen, her daughter and best friend in Salt Lake City

On the first day of our visit we took it easy, but on the second day we drove to Causey Reservoir, a peaceful lake just over an hour from Salt Lake City, where we floated the whole day away. The water is cool (as it is melted snow from the mountains), but the view is spectacular. No power boats of any kind are allowed, which allows for pleasant kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, or just floating on air floats. You are required to wear a life vest but can rent them nearby.

On the third and fourth days, we drove into Salt Lake City to visit a few of the local breweries and to see some of the city's sights. Epic, Wasatch, and Uinta breweries all allow small tastings, and the food they served was good, too. We stayed in Temple Square, right in downtown, and drove by the iconic Salt Lake Temple, one of Utah's top tourist attractions. In a prior visit, I went to the Temple and listened in while the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was practicing. During this visit, we only drove around the Temple a few times to view its stunning architecture.

Lake Blanche hiking trails in Salt Lake City

We also hiked two miles up Lake Blanche hiking trails, which offer amazing views and abundant wildlife. There are so many beautiful trails in the area to hike during the warmer months; however, this trail has a special meaning for us, as it also is home of a dear family friend's ashes. We didn't make it all of the way to the lake, because we didn't have enough water with us, and the hike is definitely a bit challenging, but next time we will for sure. The trail runs along and crosses over a running creek and offers beautiful scenery. Later, as we drove around enjoying the views, we also stopped to see some waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

Hill Aerospace Museum

On our last full day, my daughter took us to the Hill Aerospace Museum, located on the Hill Air Force Base. The museum displays a large number of aircraft from around the world, as well as many other historical artifacts. The aircraft are on display both indoors and outdoors. The museum is open to the public and was one of my favorite parts of this trip, so I highly recommend anyone visiting the area, especially aviation enthusiasts - go check it out.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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