By Matt Bennett, utahvalley360.com
The wintery blues and greys might dominate the January landscape, but it’s no excuse for your 2011 to be bland. Add color to your year with these top ten resolutions.
The world’s most unique crater is just a canyon drive away. The Homestead Crater in Midway provides a swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and soaking heaven in 96-degree azure water.
This obscure color was part of Joseph’s amazing technicolor dreamcoat, but you’ll find this golden-yellow-brown in Provo Canyon in the fall or during a dusty West Mountain sunset. Enjoy! (And don’t forget your technicolor camera.)
Make 2011 the year your family enjoys fresh peas and corn from your very own family garden. Also plan to visit the county’s treasured gardens at Thanksgiving Point — especially during the Tulip Festival in April.
If your resolution is to start running, (hear, hear), set your sights and feet on the 5K through the 140-acre lavender fields in Mona this summer. The harvest event — hosted by Young Living Essential Oils — also includes music and wagon rides. But “the color purple” is the main event.
Show your royally creative side this year by creating an original. Write a poem. Paint a local scene. Carve out of stone or wood. Create something that will outlast you and become a cherished family heirloom. See the art section of our calendar (page 92) for classes. Not creative? The calendar also lists exhibits to visit without raising a paintbrush.
Put some color in your cheeks during the new year by committing yourself to a regular exercise program. See pages 40 and 43 to meet two of the area’s top fitness experts who will have you craving pink cheeks — one of the guilt-free cravings you can give into. (You’re also allowed water.)
Brighten your smile in 2011. With help from one of the featured dentists in this issue, your face can show the happiness in your heart. (See page 55 for a way to help another family smile in the process of brightening your own pearly whites.)
Books can be read in many forms these days (Kindle, anyone?) But anything that’s black and white and “read” all over adds color to our minds. Printed words improve imagination and build relationships between parents and children. Visit lib.orem.org or provolibrary.com to see extensive event calendars. These aren’t your grandmother’s libraries. Or maybe they are — which would be a good thing. (Digital eye strain, anyone?)
Do more than visit the fish tanks at Cabela’s this year — get your camping gear and — revolutionary idea here — actually use it. Brown (black) bears, brown park ranger shirts and brown tree bark await you in Utah’s wilderness areas. (Batteries not included.)
With seven home football games scheduled in 2011 (normally the Cougars have six) there’s even more reason to wear blue this fall.
Cheer on Jake Heaps, Bryan Kariya, JJ Di Luigi, Joshua Quezada, McKay Jacobson and the rest of the Cougars.