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Utah's Happy Valley 
Feb. 2, 2011 10:52 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2011 3:30 pm

Ciao!  I am currently having an adventure in a valley known to the locals as “Happy Valley,”  Missy Anne says there are different reasons as to why people call it Happy Valley but she says she hopes it’s because people are happy living or visiting here.    It’s-a large valley surrounded on all sides by mountains, with the Wasatch Mountains on the Eastern side of the valley.  Utah Lake goes through the middle of the valley, but you usually don’t realize that you are riding alongside a huge lake as you drive through on the interstate it is not until you go upon the benches of the mountains that you can see how big it is.   Missy Anne just walks out her door and shows me the very popular Mt. Timpanogos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Timpanogos< ) which protects the Northern side of the Valley while the Southern end of the Valley lives in the shadow of Mt. Loafer.  Missy Anne says both are exhilarating hikes, and she reached the summit of Timpanogos a long time ago when she wasn’t afraid of heights.  Mt. Timpanogos is home to Timpanogos Cave (http://www.nps.gov/tica/planyourvisit/index.htm< ) which is just about 30 minutes off the interstate and up the Alpine Loop.   It’s a steep hike to the entrance but worth the experience.   

  Missy Anne says today we are going to drive up Provo Canyon, this highway leads to many places she says, most notably to one of her favorite little towns of Heber City, and to the tourist friendly city of Park City where much of the Winter Olympics were held.  As we enter the canyon I see steep cliffs and many mountains and realize that the snow is getting deeper.    And, much to my excitement I read road signs warning of avalanche danger. Missy Anne would like to stop at the scenic Bridal Veil Falls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_%28Utah%29< ), but discovers that the scenic spots are not cleared off from snow.   But we can still see it out the window it’s magnificent in the winter, water still flowing but covered in frozen ice.  She says occasionally you can see crazy people ice climbing on the falls.    After some thought she says we will continue up further.  Along the side of the highway I see the Provo River, Missy Anne says in the summer you can see people on inner tubes floating down and people in the water’s fishing.  She also lets me know that at Vivian Park you can take a ride on the Historic Heber Railroad and see the amazing mountainside, and Deer Creek Reservoir.   But, we continue up, and drive through some tunnels carved through the mountains, the kids shriek in excitement over this.  And then we turn up a smaller canyon road.  She says this is the road known as the Alpine Loop and it will take us to the Mt. Timpanogos hike or in the winter more importantly to the Sundance Ski Resort.   After many curves, and just as I was starting to get a little car sick, we arrive at Sundance (which the festival is named for.)   It’s a beautiful place, and before I know it we are sitting by a fire,  looking at the ski lifts and beautiful snow covered mountains.  It’s breathtaking.  Unfortunately, at the ski rental counter they were unable to find ski’s that would fit me.    I had Utah curse words for them “Ah Heck!”  and “Oh my gosh.” Missy Anne taught me that one.     Missy Anne says that she came up to this place in the summer for the most amazing outdoor play experience, for her anniversary last year.  They were served a beautiful BBQ in a grove of trees, got a tractor ride, and a moonlit hike in addition to an amazing theatrical experience.     We find ourselves shivering like-a- crazy!!  Back to the mini-van, and a sleepy bambino.  The kids are crying out for hot cocoa, and so am I.  Missy Anne says she has just the thing, Fluffy Hot Cocoa from All Recipes.  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fluffy-Hot-Chocolate-2/Detail.aspx< .

Luigi in front of Mt. Timpanogos
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Chef Luigi at Sundance
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Behind Luigi is the back of Mt. Timpanogos
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Yummy Fluffy Hot Chocolate
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Feb. 2, 2011 11:18 am
I would share a cup of cocoa with you, but I'm sitting outside in 70 degree weather getting a tan!
Feb. 2, 2011 11:44 am
Good Blog! I learned alot. Please keep Chef Luigi warm!
Feb. 2, 2011 12:15 pm
Loved the frozen waterfall image! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures Chef!
Feb. 2, 2011 12:28 pm
Love these travel blogs, Chef! Can't wait for your visit here.
Feb. 2, 2011 6:41 pm
I live right just down the road by mount timp...did you drive by highland or alpine cuz thats where i live :) I hate to brake it to you, but living in happy valley isn't so great
Feb. 2, 2011 8:33 pm
Ahh Cupcake. Happy Valley can be an acquired taste -- just like anything else. And it really isn't for everyone, that is the truth. Their is a social culture of course that not everyone will like. When I was your age (not that long ago) all I could dream about was leaving this place and having a fabulous penthouse in New York City. But, I'm now at the point where I realize I like knowing where nearly every road leads, and most importantly being near my family. And I would say that's the case with many people out there. I love to leave to travel and experience, but I get homesick when I am gone to long. So for me Happy Valley is great. I didn't go up to Highland or Alpine this trip. Although, I thought about going up near Lone Peak H.S. for a valley shot. I just headed down to Orem on the Interstate and up to the canyon off of 800 North. Luigi pictured in front of Timp in a neighborhood is in Pleasant Grove.
Feb. 2, 2011 8:54 pm
Luigi, thanks for sharing this with us. I've never been to the region before, but think that Mt. Loafer would be a great name for a new meat loaf recipe... maybe one of your new friends there can come up with one! :)
Feb. 3, 2011 8:44 am
Mmmmm. Mt. Loafer meatloaf. it does look and sound like Meatloaf. Never combined the two that's funny. (There are free range cows in the Mt. Loafer area, so something organic?)
Feb. 3, 2011 5:36 pm
I would love to visit Happy Valley, Utah.... Missy Anne sure is showing you a good time! Beautiful.
Feb. 4, 2011 3:30 pm
Missy Anne, I grew up in Logan--and we called that valley Happy Valley. I guess there are a lot of them! Love your blog!
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Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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