Salt Lake City and Antelope Island
Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
55Trip End Dec 01, 2008
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Bob had to fly back to New Jersey again at the end of July to take care of some business, so we camped in the Salt Lake area for a while to have access to the airport. Interestingly, there are not many campgrounds in the Salt Lake area, and we ended up at one that was part of an amusement park. This actually was a pretty nice park, with lots of shade trees and pretty big spaces. Full hook ups. (But no Internet! I ended up traveling to three towns and many miles to finally find a public library that actually had wireless!) The campground borders the fenced side of the amusement park's zoo, so we could walk along the edge of the zoo and see emus, ostriches, llama, Alpaca, deer, goats, and other creatures in the evenings.
The highlights for us during our Salt Lake stay included a day in Lagoon amusement park, a trip to Hill Air and Space museum, a trip to Antelope Island (located on the Great Salt Lake), and a trip to the eastern mountains and canyons
Antelope Island was a treat. We headed out there on the motorcycles. An 18-mile or so ride to the island, and then a scenic drive to an old Mormon homestead, the Ranch. On the causeway between the mainland and the island thousands of birds stand in the waters along the roadside. As we were arriving, the hazy sky was the same color and tone as the water. As we rode along, the land reflected in the water; the sky above and the water below were the same color and created an optical illusion of a symmetrical landform suspended in the air. Hopefully our pictures will convey this.
There's a reason they call it Antelope Island. As you drive along on the main island road, you can see many pronghorn in the grassy fields along the roadside
We also took a long day trip outside of Salt Lake with the bikes along Routes 65 and 66 through the Wasatch mountains and the Emmigration, East and Echo canyons. Some great scenic motorcycling in this part of the country, and a bit cooler than in the immediate Salt Lake area. There are a number of reservoirs along they way. We stopped by the water at Echo reservoir, watching osprey dive for fish and having a late picnic lunch before heading home. We put well over 100 miles on the bikes that day, and I got a nice bit of sunburn to remember the ride by!
We packed up and left Salt Lake at the end of July to head north to Grand Teton and Yellowstone.