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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.

U-Pick Adventures in South Utah County

Do you sometimes want fresh fruit, vegetables or flowers, but don’t have the garden space or green thumb to have these things right out your back door? This time of year finds me wishing I would have planted a garden. U-Pick farms are the perfect solution for what you need. Aside from gardening…

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Rock Climbing in Rock Canyon

When our family first got into rock climbing, I was under the impression that if we wanted to get to the best climbs, we would have to hike, drive, or travel hours away from where we lived in Mapleton. Then, we started climbing in Rock Canyon. One of the best places to go rock climbing in Provo is…

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Beginner Rock Climbing in Utah Valley

Utah County has some of the best climbing destinations in the world. With so many different options, it can be hard to choose where to start. In fact, climbing here can sometimes feel like reading the menu at The Cheesecake Factory. Here are my recommendations for where to go as you learn to rock…

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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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