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Hiking Y Mountain in Provo Utah

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Travel, Utah | 0 comments

 A trip to Utah Valley wouldn’t truly be complete without a hike to the “Y”. Since I’m trying to stay in shape myself (always another race to train for) and also encouraging my kids to stay fit, I decided to tackle the hike with the six kiddos on our last full day in Utah before we headed back to the OC. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, on the mountain East of Brigham Young University there’s a large white block letter Y that has become the nationally recognized insignia for BYU and the reason why BYU is often called “the Y”. It’s made of concrete and is 380 feet high and 130 feet wide. The Y is even larger than the “Hollywood Sign” in Los Angeles! The Y trail is one of the most hiked trails...

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Visiting Bridal Vail Falls in Provo Canyon Utah

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Travel, Utah | 2 comments

 The state of Utah offers a variety of natural attractions, rich in history for its visitors. One such destination is Bridal Vail Falls located in Provo Canyon. The waterfall is a gorgeous double cascade that streams from the mountainside only about 10 miles from Provo City Center. You might recognize the falls from the 1982 movie Savannah Smiles where the main characters took the aerial tramway to the top of the falls. The tramway is no longer there as it was destroyed by an avalanche in 1996. However, the falls are still a beautiful site to visit and even novice hikers enjoy making their way up to the lower falls to bask in the cool mist and explore the rocky terrain. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS The Legend Many moons ago, an Indian named Norita and a brave from a rival tribe,...

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The Inside Scoop On The “Real” Disney UP House

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Disney, Travel, Utah | 2 comments

 We visited as a guest of the family While traveling to Utah to visit family we had the unique experience of visiting The Real UP House, located in the city of Herriman. The Real UP House was built by Bangerter Homes in 2011 for Utah’s Parade of Homes. According to the owner, the home builder had to obtain permission from Disney in order to build the house – which was originally denied. Only after the director of the film interceded with Disney on the builder’s behalf was permission finally granted. However, they were required to turn over the plans to Disney and no additional UP houses will be built. So, this is IT! The home was authorized by Disney and is a true replica of the home in the film. As you can see, the home looks like it...

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