You know… Utah sometimes gets a bad rap with the media and entertainment folk. And for a good reason. We’re weird here.

We can’t buy alcohol on Sunday in most towns. We will never have an NFL team because them Mormon-folk don’t do stuff on Sundays. We have billion dollar shopping malls that freak out if you show a tattoo. We get all excited when we see anybody with brown skin. We suck at paying our teachers a living salary. We drive liberals out of town with pitch forks and torches. And we still shoot people who get the death penalty.

But I’ll tell you this much… you can’t beat living here when it comes to the outdoors. It doesn’t matter what season it is, Utah delivers some of the most spectacular opportunity for beauty, relaxation, and recreation. Within minutes you can leave your front door and be experiencing things that most people only get to see on Pinterest.

And no, Utah didn’t pay me to say that. They don’t have to. Every serious outdoor enthusiast knows about Utah.

For those of us outdoors folk who actually live here, there’s a damn good reason for it. And I intend to show you all, one picture and one adventure at a time, why Utah really is the greatest place on earth. And with that intro, I hereby start my “Why I Live in Utah” Series.

I mean… you may be able to purchase beer that actually has alcohol in it, but I get to walk out of my front door and within a couple minutes be looking at one of my favorite sights ever.

Click to enlarge and see the actual awesome colors of this photo. Taken at the bottom of the hill that I live on, six minutes from my front door.
Click to enlarge and see the actual awesome colors of this photo. Taken at the bottom of the hill that I live on, six minutes from my front door.
Click to enlarge and see the actual awesome colors of this photo. Taken from my mom's side yard. No joke.
Click to enlarge and see the actual awesome colors of this photo. Taken from my mom's side yard on Sunday. No joke.

Snow-capped spring mountains. You know… when the mountains are completely green and a fresh dumping of snow shows up on top during the night. There aren’t a lot of places where you’ll see that, and even here it only happens once every year or two.

And that is why I live in Utah.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Have you ever been to Utah? Do you believe your state can compete with mine? What do you love about your state?

PPS. Please don’t tell anybody in Utah I’m a liberal. If you do, I will make you pay for the pitchfork holes in my bum.

PPPS. As part of this series, I’m also going to share the high resolution photos with you… you know, in case you wanna make ’em your desktop background or print ’em or something. To download the first photo, click here (2.9 MB). To download the second photo, click here (4.1 MB). Non-commercial use only, please.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!