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Catching Up Monday
I don't know about you, but in my house Monday's are a major "catch up" day. By the time we fall into bed on Sunday night it looks like a tornado tore through. Summertime triples the damage. In light of this, you will notice that my Monday posts are either very short or lovingly pawned off to another willing Utah-loving writer. One small step towards protecting my sanity.
A few weeks ago I received some delightful praise, in the form of a blog award, from Jennifer at A Book, A Girl, A Journey (a fabulous Utah blogger who's working towards publishing her first book).
Today let me publicly thank her, encourage you to check out what she's writing, and then pass along the sweetness to two people recently inspiring me..
Always positive and written with poetic style that I don't possess.
She makes me smile.
She sponsors the "Show Us Your Town" blog hop,
which is, of course, right up my alley!
It's going to be a good week, and I think I'll be biking...
When an Iowa-girl meets and marries a Utah-boy, it's inevitable that the two of them are going to make the drive back and forth every once in awhile. I think in 11 years I've made the trek more than 25 times. Trust me, very little of this 1000-mile section of I-80 is very interesting! About a year ago my sister moved to western Nebraska and I'm so excited to have somebody else out here "in the west" with me, but after visiting her there three separate times, I'm ready to scream from the mountaintops that Wyoming is really, REALLY boring!
This is Wyoming... At least 49% of the people who visited Wyoming in 2012 focused their entire trip on this one corner of the state...
Unfortunately, I-80 does not go anywhere close to there...
Let me take you along the longest of 5 hour drives. (I will say one nice thing about driving through Wyoming: the major towns are all equally spread apart at about 100 miles. It does make it easier to envision how long until your…
Camping in Utah can be as cheap or luxurious as you want it to be. If we need to look for a reason to be happy with 80% of the land in our borders being assigned as state or federal public land, it would be that campers need only look a few miles from where they are to find an affordable place to sleep for the night. Likewise, we have a number of private owned camping resorts and any level of outdoor temporary living you could possible desire.
Most of my camping experiences fall definitively on the "free is cheap" end of the spectrum. It takes a little work to find them, but the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Forest Service make available some of their most beautiful real estate for overnight accommodations. My absolute favorite?
Swasey's Beach The town of Green River, at the Junction of I-70 and Hwy 6, is no one's first thought for a go-to destination. At least it never was one of mine. For a decade I thought the only thing they had to offer was gas…
There is a hill above a sod farm in Northern Utah. Running down this hill are two rows of plastic. Running down both plastics is a trickle of water. Put it all together and what do you get? The most unpretentious "water park" you're ever going to love.
So what is it, really? I'm having a hard time saying. The best I can come up with is a home-grown slip 'n slide on gigantic proportions and kind of/sort of known as the Wellsville Water Slide or Little Bear River Bottoms. I got to experience it several year's ago during a family reunion. Finding any information on the place since then has turned into the deepest research project I've completed since finishing college. I had to beg family to dig through their photo archives, but the hard work was worth it. It's a well-kept secret that I want everyone to know about!
Described simply, there are two plastic sheets that function as water slides down the side of a hill above a sod farm in Wellsville…
Each year our family drives through Cortez, Colorado, on our way back and forth to Albuquerque, and every year we talk about wanting to stop to see the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. This winter while I was dreaming up travel plans for 2016, I put Mesa Verde at the top of the list. We went, we learned so much, and we loved it! Let me share with you some helpful information about visiting the park...
The Entrance I don't always find it's that important to give driving directions to places that are fairly well known, but Mesa Verde deserves to be an exception. While it is very easy to find off the main highway, and the signs are well placed, I heard many times while we were there from people who had no idea the distance they would be covering. The fee booth is approximately 1 mile from the highway, and then for the next 21 miles you will be ascending up the side of the mesa, driving 35-45 mph. A tunnel takes you through part of the mountain and then back-and-forth s…
I love reading small town signs. They are so full of pride and can tell you everything you need to know about the people who live there. Let me start a new series today to document and share some of the best I've seen..
Love it! Have a sign that you want to share? Email a photo to email@example.com or share on Instagram @alocalwander #hometownpride