My name is Allison Yamamoto-Sparks and I work for San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services, where I spend my days sharing my love of Utah (particularly SE Utah!) with people from around the world. I blog, I instagram, I answer our toll free ‘Utah’s Canyon Country’ information line, I send out thousands of brochures each year, and I respond to e-mails from people all over the world who are planning trips to San Juan County, UT!
Although I LOVE Utah and love sharing all the great things about it with anyone and everyone who will listen, I’m actually not a native Utahan. If you’ve been following my blog, I’m sure you’ve picked up bits and pieces- I moved to Monticello in March of 2009 from Missoula, MT, where I graduated from University of Montana (Go Griz!) in 2003 with a degree in Japanese & Asian Studies. I grew up mostly in Tiller, OR & Yakutat, AK, and have also lived in Bend, OR, Ketchikan, AK, and Tokyo & Ujitawara, Japan.
In my free time I try to get out with my husband as much as possible and explore this beautiful area that we’re lucky enough to get to live in! We enjoy hiking, camping, cross country skiing, rafting/kayaking, looking for rock art & ruins, roadtrips, and FOOD! 🙂 We have a 3.5 yr. old son who loves going on ‘adventures’, and is already a much better hiker & camper at the age of 3, than I was until I was about 18! His favorite part of going on hikes? Looking through binoculars and having picnics on the trail!
As a blogger, I’m also a big follower of other blogs, especially blogs about Utah, the southwest, travel, and FOOD! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites…
- Southwest Shards
- North Wash Outfitters
- Girl on a Hike
- Bluff, Utah Blog
- DriveAway Vacations
- Four Corners Hikes- Canyonlands
- Off the Beaten Path: Hikes, Backpacks, and Travels
- Monticello Welcome Center & Frontier Museum Blog
- Pedal the Unknown
I hope you enjoy my blog- I welcome comments and will respond to any questions you might have- I’m here to help! If you prefer to e-mail, please send your questions/comments to: email@example.com
Happy Reading! 🙂