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Carri Ward
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Carri Ward

Carri is the creator of @JoyofAdventuring on Instagram. Her passion is to inspire others to create meaningful experiences together through outdoor adventure and family travel. She graduated with an Exercise and Sports Science degree, is the wife of a professor, mom to 3 boys and a dark chocolate lover. She calls Utah Valley home and many of her adventures can be found on her blog at www.joyofadventuring.com.

Rock Climbing in American Fork Canyon

It was a beautiful summer day and we knew we wanted to get outdoors to soak up some vitamin D. American Fork Canyon was calling our name. We loaded up the climbing gear and we set off on an adventure, anxious to get up on the rock. We could smell Joe’s Cafe from a mile away. I have no idea how it…

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Mountain Biking and Treasure Hunting in Utah County

It is that time of year! The snow has melted, the tulips have sprung and we are firmly in “third spring” here in Utah. For those who may be new to our area, it is not unusual to have winter followed by first spring, back to winter, second spring, back to winter and finally third spring. I have been…

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An Artisan Mother's Day in Springville & Spanish Fork

“A mother is a person, who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Robert J. Quillen. We all have a mother or a mother figure in our life. With mother’s day coming up, I am sharing some fun ways I celebrated my mom in hope that you…

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5 Great Places to Fat Tire Bike in Utah County

To clean or to bike, that is the question. Life is filled to the brim. The saying, “my cup overfloweth” is an understatement. Getting caught up in all of the to-do lists and packing our lives so full often ends in disappointment. Disappointment that we missed a gorgeous day to get outdoors. Today I…

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The Surprising Sport of Skate Skiing

There are many ways to enjoy winter here with a variety of things to do in Utah Valley. Some of our favorite family activities are ice skating on Utah Lake, downhill skiing at Sundance Resort, sledding at Rock Canyon Park, and a favorite - skate skiing up Provo Canyon at the Sundance Nordic Center…

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Gifting Experiences in Utah Valley

The twinkle of lights, the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees, homemade cookies, holiday shopping, the newest Hallmark movies (much to the chagrin of my boys), and finding the perfect gift for my loved ones are all reasons I adore Christmas time. The anticipation of the Christmas season fills me…

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Utah County Fall Traditions in the Making

Fall is quickly becoming my favorite time of the year. I am not sure if it is the fresh pressed apple juice and wagon rides at Rowley’s Red Barn, the pick your own pumpkins and find your way through the corn maze at Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch or the beautiful leaves changing colors up…

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Finding Fall in Utah Valley

"I can’t miss them again!” I always have the best intentions of seeing fall crash the party with an amazing show of colors, yet I am always a week too early or a week too late. Can you relate? Maybe it is the kids’ sports, home learning, or work that takes my time, but this year I vowed “this will…

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Summer's End in Utah County

“You only have 18 summers with your kids”. Have you ever heard this statement? While true, I like to remember that I also have 18 falls, winters and springs with these boys of mine. Summer ending doesn’t mean all the fun is over. As school starts up again and time commitments increase, we look…

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