I love Utah.
Utah for me symbolizes independence.
Even though Idaho was technically the first place I landed after leaving home for school, there is a feeling about Utah that reminds me of my most formidable experiences with becoming independent.
Utah also reminds me of love.
I fell in love many times in Utah...none more important than the LAST!
Just driving around there reminds me of the fun butterflies-in-your-stomach kind of giddiness of those college dating years.
Utah is also home to the birth of many lifelong friendships.
Going to UVSC with Jayner and Jill.
Bumming scooter rides with Sherri and Jenna.
Getting advice from Shelly, or visiting married friends like Mere.
Lots of great memories.
Last weekend I got to go back for a short visit.
It was a visit filled with lots of new emotions.
Sadness, gratitude, laughter, heartache, togetherness, and fun.
On my last day there, I took a drive with my good friend Heidi.
We visited one of my FAVORITE places on this earth....Sundance in the FALL!
We dined at the Foundry Grill and then drove through the painted mountains.
It was a majestic way to end an emotion-filled weekend.
(please don't laugh at my George Washington wig. I had a bad date with the waving iron.)