I’m not in Florida anymore. Standing atop a retired beacon tower at the summit of Mount Wire, my view spanned from the Wasatch Range across Salt Lake City west to the Oquirrh Mountains. Then the realization hit me, this is my new home.

Our hike up started at a trailhead located on the east side of the University of Utah on Colorow Road near the Historical Museum. This trail is dog friendly, so George brought his pooch Indy along for the hike. Most dogs run off-leash so I wouldn’t advise bringing an anti-social pup along. We hiked to the “Living Room” an area on Red Butte where hikers have arranged rocks into trail furniture in the shape of chairs, sofas and tables. Pack a lunch and perhaps some wine to enjoy along with the epic views from this popular spot.

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