Staybridge Suites Salt Lake-West Valley City
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... of course it was not. It was an optical illusion. It was flowing in the opposite direction, but that was downhill. The walls in the canyon, mainly granite, vary in color from pink, tan and gray to slate black. My research tells me that this 2000 ft. deep canyon was carved out by the Wind River and the road through it was an engineering marvel with three tunnels blasted out of solid granite.
I got out of the car at one scenic outlook and as ...
... Great Salt Lake. It turned out to be a rather stinky experience. We had expected that the water would have a strong smell -- we had not expected the brine flies and the dead birds on the shore. It was like the ocean at low tide times 10. The history of the location is rather interesting, with a resort there that's been rebuilt 4 times after fire, flooding and economic downturn have destroyed earlier versions. There was a small group of Spanish-speaking ...
... and sheep farms surrounded by small mountains. In fact as we passed one farm they were in the process of moving their cattle from one field to another across the road. We stopped to watch because it looked like a scene right out of a cowboy movie. We saw a couple of people riding horses in full "costume" - hats, chaps, vests. They had a cute cattle dog chasing after the cows. There was a recalcitrant calf who wouldn't cross ...
... for after Grand Teton, Salt Lake City, where I have family.
Since we were crossing one destination off our list, we decided we could stop at a few sites along the way, including Mt. Rushmore. Despite the $10 entrance fee, we had our patriotic moment with the presidents, all while of course hucking the disc. Somewhere in the middle of Wyoming we hit 3,000 miles, Rihanna blasting as loud as ever. As the sun was shining bright, ...
... be our only opportunity to just drop everything and do something spontaneous. It's truly amazing how the stars have aligned for the three of us to be able to do this at this time.
A lot of planning went into the preparation of this trip. We had a short window of time to figure out the details, but after many days and long hours at my house, Village Inn and the Marriott Library at the Utah ...