Anniversary at Antelope Island
Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
18Trip End Jul 16, 2010
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Antelope Island State Park
We made our way to the ski resort town of Jackson, Wyoming and stopped at the visitor's center there which sat on the edge of an elk preserve. The center was a mini museum with specimens of all the fauna in the area laid out in a short two-story ramp walk that wound around the building. Jackson was a quaint little town and you could see the clean construction of new shops and stores along every street
Down the road after we entered Idaho we were in for a big surprise in the form of Bear Lake. The waters were a deep blue and the entire lake was ringed with ridges born right out of its shore. The lake seemed to go on forever and we dreamed of stopping and renting a jet-ski to join the numerous boaters and swimmers enjoying the water on a perfect July day. We pressed on and climbed higher into the mountains with lake views popping up occasionally from the curvy switchbacks of the road.
The land in Idaho and Northern Utah was gorgeous and we were passed a couple of times one way and then the other by a Ferrari and a Porsche putting their sports cars through the rigors of the hairpin turns and dramatic curves. Their California plates put them far from home, but then again so were we - only we were in a Kia Rondo. My envy faded when I realized that trying to sleep in a Ferrari is probably not too comfortable and attaching a cargo carrier to a Porsche doesn’t look too slick.
Back on I-15 heading south after passing through Logan, Utah we were on a fast track to Antelope Island where we would be staying for the night
Antelope Island is truly magical and there is probably no other place like it on earth. It is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake and is filled with Buffalo, Antelope, Coyotes, Bobcats, and numerous smaller mammals like Jack Rabbits and Chipmunks. We arrived shortly before sunset and before we even set up camp prepared a meal of Italian cold cuts, fresh mozzarella, bread, a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions drenched in herbs, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil, then plopped in our chairs to enjoy the sun going down as we ate. The evening air was dry and comfortable as the sun sank slowly over a ridgeline directly across the lake casting a bright golden reflection that lit up our camp. It was a glorious setting and a wonderful way for Hannah and me to celebrate our anniversary.