This Is My Utah-Tooele

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This is MY Utah...
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What you didn't know about Tooele

I should preface this by saying I grew up with a very negative image of Tooele. Growing up in Orem gave me the default attitude of disliking anything outside of happy valley. (He he, just kidding J)  By some mighty miracle, I got over this enough to move to Logan for college. I met my husband there and after two years of enjoying the college town life we realized we needed 'real' jobs and moved to Salt Lake.

At first, we stayed with my parents in Sandy. Both of us commuted to downtown. That was the most frustrating 80 min of each day (40 there and 40 back, because of all the lovely traffic). So we moved to Tooele.

Hold on a second, you say, isn't Tooele like a billion times farther away than Sandy to downtown? The answer my friends is no. Tooele is only 40 min from downtown. My husband commutes on a leisurely bus ride (with wifi) to and from every day. And guess what else? THERE'S NO TRAFFIC! Just a drive around the mountain with views of the Great Salt Lake and a freeway speed of 75 for half the way.

So now that I've convinced you to come out here, you're probably wondering what there is to do? Besides having a few awesome places to shop (I'm talking about the craft and antique places on the old part of main street) and to eat (Sotanza is the fancy place, but we have everything from burger king to CafĂ© Rio. Oh yeah, and Applebee's too) Tooele has a few fun, free, adventures.

Every Friday night during the summer there is a FREE concert in the beautiful park next to the local swimming pool (which has an awesome waterslide, by the way.) I went last Friday and the band was incredible. It's family friendly, so bring the kids!

Looking to be out in nature? Tooele has two awesome golf courses, one of which I live right by.

If you want to camp, there is Settlement Canyon (a beautiful place with a great fishing hole) or the FREE Middle Canyon.  Some cool things about Middle Canyon?  Not only do I live by it as well, but it connects to Butterfield Canyon on the other side. If you drive all the way to the top, you can look down into the Kennecott Copper Mine

Here are a couple pictures of my ventures in the area:


Pretty cool right? I could go on all day, but I will tell you about one more thing.  Every summer there is a play held at the Benson Grist Mill in Stansbury. It only goes on for two weeks, so it is a must see!

 All-in-all Tooele is a great place to be!

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