There were free cold water showers, and then coin hot showers
. So we had cold showers to wash the salt off first. And someone in our group discovered if you shower in cold water, then roll in the sand, then wash it off in the cold water it acts like a body scrub! Of course I had to try that! It really did work though, my skin was sooo smooth afterwards! But then I had a proper hot shower to get clean. When we got out though, we were accosted by these horrible little flies! They would not leave us alone, so we decided to walk up the visitors centre instead of standing around and letting them eat us. On the way we saw more bison and some pronghorn which was cool.The visitors centre was really interesting, but we made the mistake of going into the movie room where we all fell asleep. Oops!
We then made our to our campsite for the night, a place called Mystic Hot Springs. It's a bit of a hippy convent, run by the Grateful Dead's graphic designer, so there's lots of their stuff everywhere. Plus all these old school buses painted funky colours. But the main thing was there were some natural hot springs there, which we all took advantage of after dinner. Sitting in them at night and looking up at the stars was awesome! The owner also had the sweetest dog called Lily, who joined us in our frisbee games, bless her. After more hot springing, it was off to bed. I loved sleeping in my tent, because it was like having your own room and your little personal space, which is nice once in a while! I checked my emails again, and still no word from STA. So I spent another 30 mins on hold, and nothing. I was not impressed!
I woke up the next day when the sun was rising. I sat up and tiredly looked out to an amazing sunrise over the Great Salt Lake, in Utah. Then Jimmy whispered 'Bison!'. I seemed to be the only one who heard, so not many people saw them, but I did! We parked up right by the lake for breakfast, and then got ready for a swim! The Great Salt Lake is five times saltier than the Pacific Ocean, so we were all pretty excited to swim in it. I'll tell you one one, it doesn't half sting if you have a cut! Ouchhh. The only things living in it are brine shrimp, like sea monkeys if anyone had those when they were a child. So we all went in and had a nice swim. The cool thing was that you could lie back, and you'd just float there. You didn't need to paddle to keep yourself up, it was awesome! Some people made the mistake of putting their heads under, and then getting the salt in their eyes. Ow. After a while though, the salt gets a bit much, so out we came.