2014 Western Road Trip Day 27, Saturday May 31st

The “Biggest Little City in the West” doesn’t look so beautiful during the day. As we were getting ready to check out of our room, the streets were already beginning to fill with classic cars and hot rods for another day of the show.

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Today is just a long drive from Reno to Salt Lake City, UT. Once you are through the outskirts of Reno you are in the high desert where for the first 100 miles or so, there is nothing, literally nothing but sand.

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About 40 miles after the Bonneville salt flats the wind really picked up and the salt/ sand began to blow over the  road. Rolling along at 80 mph, it became an unexpected random event. At times there was a “white out” just as you would experience with snow. Twice I had to slow to about 5 mph and use my flashers in hope that no one rear ended me and that I didn’t hit someone in front of me.

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Eventually the terrain began to vary but the common denominator was desert. For those of you who don’t realize the difference, this is desert

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and this is dessert.

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These piles of white stuff are salt at a Morton’s salt mining operation.

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There are some picturesque mountain as you get closer to Salt Lake City.

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There was also a lot of shallow water covering the sand in places along side the interstate. I attribute this to a recent rain.

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Although probably as salty as the Great Salt Lake, this water appears to be much cleaner.

Doe & Mel had not seen the Great Salt Lake so we made a stop there. I don’t think there is anything great about the Great Salt Lake. It has receded at least 300 yards from its normal shore. The span of sand (muck) from the shore to the water is covered, covered with tiny brine flies that look like a flock of a million Starlings as they fly around and ahead of you feet. Did I mention the stench? Picture a week old dead giant squid.

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Boy I just love this place, not!

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This was built to be a resort but before it was completed the Great Salt Lake flooded putting most of the building under water. Now it’s 300 yards from the water.

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Shortly after leaving the Great Salt Lake, we arrived at our lodging for tonight, the Hilton Garden Inn where we also had dinner.

Tomorrow we drive to Colorado where Babs and I will visit with our old friends Chris and Jerry. Chris was a grade school pal of Babs and bridesmaid in our wedding.

Babs Says: Poor vacation diet caught up with me today.

 

 

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