(I LOVE YOUtah entry): At the waterfall at the top of Adams Canyon in Layton, Utah: January 1, 2010
(I LOVE YOUtah entry):
I was born and raised in Sandy, Utah and explored every inch of Utah with my family through camping trips in the Wasatch Mountains; mountain biking trips through Moab and Emmigration Canyon; hiking Zion’s National Park, Arches, Bryce and Snow Canyon. My father cherished the Utah outdoors and passed the passion onto his five kids. We ate at the famous cafes in Kamas, fished at Mirror Lake and skied every possible run in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. Our family vacations rarely ventured beyond the stateline and once I graduate from the University of Utah I couldn’t wait to “Get Out Of Dodge” and explore the real world outside of Utah. I left and reveled in the fact that I “got out,” and then once I was out, I couldn’t wait to get back in. My husband and I spent 14 years raising our family outside of Utah and then decided it was time to come back home. We missed the majestic mountains, the friendly smiles of neighbors, the outdoor living and love of adventure that resides in the heart of each Utah resident. My father’s passion for Utah was reignited when we crossed the border back into Utah. The mountains called us home and we returned. This past summer, I buried my father in a cemetary just outside Salt Lake City. I stood by his graveside and recalled his passion for life, love and adventure. He never ventured much farther than Utah. He didn’t need to. Utah offered all he needed. He always knew that home was where the heart and the mountains are. I needed to leave to come to that realization myself. I couldn’t wait to leave Utah and after I was gone, I couldn’t wait to come back.
(I LOVE YOUtah winning entry): I love Utah because it is the only place where something like this can be found.
(I LOVE YOUtah entry): Where else but Utah can you take the entire family (ages from 69 to 2) on a 24-hour road trip that includes watching the river float by, eating fun fresh produce, hiking a slot canyon that’s fun for everyone, then return to a major city to choose between a ballet, opera, symphony, major film festival, or professional sports for an evening activity? We love the diversity of landscape from the mountains to the desert and how close it is to Salt Lake City. We have it all!