Utah Valley’s Shades of Purple


Purple Turtle, summer sunsets and fields of lavender

By utahvalley360.com


All that Jazz

The purple Jazz take on the nation’s best basketball players 40 minutes from Utah County in the Energy Solutions Arena. Ronnie Price, Utah Valley University alum, averaged 8:11 minutes per game in the 2007-2008 season. In his third year of professional basketball, the 25-year-old, 6-foot-2 player aids the Jazz as reserve guard for point guard Deron Williams.


The purplest landmark

If you ask someone for directions in Pleasant Grove, chances are you’ll hear, “…and then turn at the Purple Turtle.” The historic drive-in has been a county landmark since its opening in 1968 and continues to be a popular hangout spot. The purple-topped restaurant is known for its fish and chips and homemade onion rings, which you can order between 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Purple pioneers 

Established in 1908, Lehi High School has no shortage of the imperial shade. With more than 2,100 students for the 2008-2009 school year, this 100-year-old school is known for its growth and for its scholars — the 519 recent graduates were awarded $1.5 million in scholarships.


Summer Sunsets

Gorgeous colors fill the summer sky as the sun sets around 9 p.m. in Utah County during July and August. Photographer Spencer Hall captures a purple sunset across Utah Lake. (See more of Spencer’s work at spencerhallphotography.com).


Endless fields and essential oils

Young Living Farms in Mona is the nation’s largest natural herb farm for the production of therapeutic-grade essential oils. The farm hosts events year-round, allowing families to enjoy the sweet aroma of lavender in its 1,400-plus acres of fragrant purple herbs. Young Living Farms has been in operation for 10 years and was developed to produce and distill essential oils for Young Living Essential Oils.


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