I'm not a native Utahn. But I am a long-time resident. Longer than I sometimes care to admit.
I came to Utah from Canada many years ago with no intention of staying. On an athletic scholarship for football. And to study at the University of Utah. I thought it would be a four to five year stay. I'm still here.
The first time I got off the plane in Salt Lake City, it was early August and I wasn't ready for what hit me. About 98 degrees of sun and heat.
The temperature was displayed on the Utah Power and Light Building as we drove into the city from the airport. Not a cloud in the blue sky.
But once I saw those mountains on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley, I was hooked. I still live near the base of those mountains – only five minutes away.
A few months later, I experienced the fabulous Utah autumn weather along with the most vivid array of fall colors I'd ever seen. Of course, it was also the football season. A glorious time of year in the U.S. And then, the first snow in November.
It was on the University of Utah campus where 8-10 inches of dry powder started falling. It fell. And fell. Like goose down. And silence.
It wasn't cold. Not from my perspective. That whole first winter, I wore nothing heavier than a down vest over a levi jacket. And I loved it.
I remember talking to fellow students and athletes from different places. Many of the "partyers" from the U.S. didn’t think it was cool to actually admit how much they liked Utah.
Those from other countries – like me – had no problem admitting they loved it. The ones from California would tell you they couldn't wait to get back there.
Funny how many of these people still live here and wouldn't live anywhere else. And how many of those people from "there" are now moving "here".
Sometimes Utahns long for the way it used to be here. With fewer people and fewer visitors. People continue to come here to live and to visit.
But then, without people wanting to come here, there wouldn’t be a need for this site. And a lot of the neat things about this place wouldn’t even exist.
As I said on my Home Page, this site or online guide will tell you about the usual tourist attractions in Utah. But it’ll cover much more.
My wife was born and raised here so she brings a different perspective. She just happens to be another reason I stayed here.
If you like photos, you’ll like this site. They often tell a story far better than words. I love to take photographs. I love to look at photos. There are lots on this site. Some taken by me. Some not. Enjoy them.
I know. There are many other websites about Utah out there. There are numerous books and travel guides available about Utah.
But you’ll find a unique personal perspective here along with even some information you may not find anywhere else.
This site will continue to grow and evolve so bookmark it or save us in your favorites and keep checking back to see where we're at.
You'll notice we're real people. Not a faceless corporation built only on advertising. Not a government tourism site.
Have fun as this site grows. We're planning on learning as much as you do.
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