I grew up in a small mountain community southeast of Spanish Fork. Every single day was an adventure, in the summer we would, ride ATVs build forts and sleep under the stars. When it got hot we would throw on our swim suits and jump off the bridge into the Spanish Fork river. We played night games, hiked mountains, and spent the entire winter riding snowboards and sledding. The unique area left us with the opportunity to as much imaginative play as we could muster. I learned to be tough, to work to do hard things and have a great time doing it.
Growing up brings a lot of change, higher education, dating, marriage, kids and a career. While each of those is an adventure of their own they have a different feel, than the care free fun of childhood. I find myself getting so caught up in the details of “adult life” that I often find myself surfing the internet reading blogs or looking at Instagram accounts of people who I would say live much more adventures lives than I do. While many of their travels take them to places I can’t wait to see, the thing I find myself envious of most is the adventure. That feeling of being somewhere new not knowing what the day ahead of you will bring. Deciding to do something without considering the practicality of the activity whatsoever. I think this is something that so many of us need, I certainly know that I need it.
The Summer Of Common Adventures
So we have declared this the summer of common adventures. We won’t be backpacking through Europe or taking an exotic vacation but because we love the outdoors and Utah. We will be going on more hikes, camping more often and walking or biking to more local destinations. Having as many adventures as we can muster. I hope to document as many as I can and I hope that some of you will do the same.
A new part of the blog, Exploring Utah is dedicated to checking out small towns, taking pictures talking to locals and grabbing some local grub. I love Utah, it has so many amazing little towns with fantastic history. It’s my goal to visit as many of them as I can and tell you all about the journey.
Helper is located just a few miles north of Price. It was founded mostly by miners and their supporting crowds. The main street consists of some really great old brick buildings. One with this great old Coca Cola advertisement.
Like most small towns the buildings are filled with small shops. We visited several, we spent most of our time in one shop where Lauren picked up a “frog”. The shop owner and his wife are both school teachers. They pay someone to man the shop during the week while they teach. The shop was filled with old items picked up off of old farms, estate sales and and scouring ksl. I would love to run one of these old stores and put a home in the upstairs. Exposed brick walls and old wood floors are a few of my favorite things.
After poking in a few shops we went stopped by the helper Museum. The town runs the museum and they ask for a voluntary donation of 5 dollars a family. The old couple gave us a brief history of the town and then sent us on our way. The building was actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Filled with items ranging from the founding of the town to the late 70s. My favorite part of the museum was all of the old pictures. Miners standing outside of the mines, it is amazing to me the sacrifice and hard work many people went through make it in this country. Inspiring actually. I suggest checking out the museum it will take around 30 minutes depending on how much time you spend reading the captions around the pictures.
Balance Rock Cafe
We grabbed lunch at a great Cafe called Balance Rock. It was a late lunch yet the place was pretty busy. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun. They had a pool table and televisions close to the bar if you wanted to catch the game. We sat in the dining section made up of miss matched tables and a great view of the street. The upstairs is filled with local memorabilia that you can take a look at.
The scenery around Helper is amazing most of the town is surrounded on all sides by mountains. Its about an hour and twenty minutes from provo and a few hours away from Moab, Lake Powell and other great places to visit.
So our life changed forever just a few weeks ago when we welcomed Wyatt Guy Oldham into our family. The pregnancy was exciting and we could not wait to welcome our little handsome man into our family. I won’t go into the details of the birth except to say he was born healthy and strong and Lauren has been recovering well. You will notice from the Instagram feed Wyatt has taken over. He is cute and growing fast and already a great little adventure baby. Which means he spends most of his time eating, sleeping and pooping. I am proud to say he has taken two very short 4 wheeler drives down the drive way with me to get the mail. He slept through both of them so he still has no idea what happened. Anyways things will start picking up again as far as the blog goes… Lauren and I hope to go on a few short adventures that we can share on the site.
We still plan on reviewing a ton of great places to eat in fact I have a few we already need to review. I also plan to add a few new sections to the site which should add to the value of the site.