My ancestral home and the place I was born and grew up in. I love it.
Utah County has a lot of great outdoor venues. Great destinations include the
ridge line trail for mountain biking, the Alpine loop, Lambert Park (hiking,
mountain biking), Fifth Water Hot Springs and Waterfall (Spanish Fork Canyon),
Stewart Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Provo River biking trail, Vivian Park,
Timpanooki Campground (camping, hiking, biking), American Fork Canyon (picnics,
hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, motorcycling, etc.), BYU Museam of
Art, Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, etc., etc.Utah County has
lots to do, especially if you like the outdoors.
Hmmm, on the outside looking in, it's easy to say that Provo is a
homogeneous community. However, there is a growing Hispanic part of the
community. There are also various ethnic eateries for Polynesians and
South/Central Americans.Where I work at the local university, I have
students who work for me who speak Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, German,
Japanese, and Mandarin. In this mix of students, I have those who come from
Guatemala, Ukraine, China, Uganda, Philippines, and, of course, from all over
the US.Yes, I agree that Provo is fairly non-cosmopolitan area on
the surface and yet many of the students and citizens have had an eclectic
mixture of languages and experiences that really make our city/area a special
place to live.
A non-LDS friend of mine described it well with this twist on a familiar
saying:"Utah County: a great place to live, but I wouldn't
want to visit there!"
As a fifty year resident of the state of Utah I can sincerely say the going to
Utah County, specifically Provo was never on my list of things to do on purpose.
Highest prescription drugs use and the most cosmetic surgery's in the
nation gotta say something.
Prozac NationJust because Utah County has an unusual large number of candy
shops and "young outdoorsy" people doesn't mean that it's the
happiest place on Earth. Saying that you're happy (especially in a survey)
is not a very good measurement of happiness. Take a look at this DNews article
about antidepressant usage.http://bit.ly/1ixxewj
Did you see KSL's report last night on heroin use in Utah County?
The good news for you who are bashing Provo. If you don't like Provo (or
anywhere else) you can just keep driving! Problem solved! Isn't freedom
Don't forget about the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival held in Orem and
Provo canyon -- it's the second-largest storytelling festival in the
nation, second only to the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. This
year, the family-friendly festival is celebrating its 25th year and inviting
favorite storytellers, puppeteers, potters, and musicians to the party.
It's one of the things that makes this valley a great place to live!
I love Provo! Great place to live, raise a family etc. really fun place.
My folks moved to Utah from California. I should have listened when my friends
said "I warn you" "There'll be no surfing there. My cars
outside covered with snow.Utah is a lonely town When you're
the only surfer around . From SLC Huntington Beach is such a long way and I
feel so out of it walking down Temple square. I feel so bad each time I look out
there and see(My Car) covered with snow (Nowhere to go now) Provo is a lonely
town When you're the only Christian around.
I moved from California 11 years ago and never look back. Utah County is the
most beautiful place to live and to raise a family. What a lovely outdoor
paradise and a strong community to live!(BTW, the good integration
of imperfect people also shows a lot of weakness. I 100% sure and admitted.
But, guys - who are bashing Utah County in this board, do you guys find a
perfect place to live yet?)
I'll loosely quote Jim McMahon: The best part of Provo is seeing it in your
rearview mirror. As for me and my house, we'll hang with those
heathens up in Ogden.
FYI, Jonestown was said to be "the happiest place on Earth."Look it up.Jim Jones and his Church were apparently ecstatic.