From October 1976 through April 2000, I lived in Utah about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. The first 8 1/2 years as a Senior NCO in the Air Force. In June 1983, I retired as an E-9 with 22 years 6 months and 21 days service.
After retirement, I worked for a local jet engine company building cruise missile engines and the engine for the Cessna Citation Jet. Living in Utah was great for travel to many well know recreation areas such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, Arches National Park, Zion’s National Park, Moab, Utah; Canyonlands and Lake Powell among many, many others. You can river raft on the Salmon and Snake River in Idaho one weekend, the Green and Colorado River in Utah the next weekend. Motorhome and tent camping is awesome. Skiing and snowmobiling, the greatest anywhere especially snowmobiling in Yellowstone during the Winter.
When you are tired of the outdoors, there is always the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City; six days out of every week.
In September 1990, we spent a week on Lake Powell on a houseboat. Lake Powell is a large reservoir on the Colorado Rivers that straddled the border between Utah and Arizona. Highway 89 connects Utah and Arizona at the Glen Canyon Dam.
We spent a leisure week on the lake, swimming, boating, reading, sunbathing and just aimlessly enjoying our week away from a hectic work schedule.
One major attraction if you are ever on the Lake is the magnificent Rainbow Bridge National Monument on the eastern end of the lake. Two other attractions, a short distance away, are Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Slot Canyons.