As valley temperatures climb and local waterparks start dripping with crowds, it’s time to escape heat and noise. Here are six Utah Valley personalities to share trail mix and stories with as you get away from your overworked air conditioner and the lines at the shave ice stands.
1. Scott Henderson
This Provo City recreation division director can describe the ins and outs of the 160,000-square-foot rec center recently completed between UVRMC and downtown Provo. The new facility includes multiple swimming pools, indoor water park, running/walking track, state-of-the-art workout facilities as well as racquetball and basketball courts. Scott’s unlimited access should have him in hiking condition — unless exhaustion has set in post-grand opening.
2. Mindy Smoot Robbins
Catch this Provo native and mother of four at Tuacahn this summer playing Mary Poppins on select dates through Oct. 25. When Mindy’s not being “practically perfect in every way” among the scenic cliffs of Snow Canyon in Southern Utah, she can be found teaching a new generation of thespians at On Broadway Academy in American Fork.
3. Congressman Jason Chaffetz
How informative would it be to get Congressman Chaffetz off-the-record for a couple of hours along some lonely Timpanogos hiking trail? Get his inside opinions about IRS targeting conservative groups and the Department of Justice watching reporters. For some lighter hiking chatter, he could enlighten us with his memories of being the placekicker for the Cougars in the late ‘80s.
4. Dr. Susan R. Madsen
While many Utah Valley preteen girls would be at ease watching Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” or working on a tan all summer, this professor of management in the Woodbury School of Business at UVU wants “girl power” to translate into “education power.” Dr. Susan R. Madsen spent two years directing the Utah Women and Education Project and continues to work with important stakeholders on related efforts.
5. Al Fox
From Rochester, NY, to Pleasant Grove, what a tale this “Tattooed Mormon” has to tell. With a YouTube Channel, popular blog at alfoxshead.blogspot.com and speaking engagements nearly every night, this LDS convert is making a mark on the hearts of those who meet her in person or online.
6. Robert Anae
Although it’s doubtful Robert Anae would leak any offensive secrets of the BYU football playbook before the Cougars’ first game on Aug. 31 (1:30 p.m. MST on ESPNU), if we hiked long enough he might open up about joining a major football conference, new recruits, trendy uniforms, Bronco’s coaching style and whether he’s tried the frozen lemonade at LaVell Edwards Stadium.