Today, we awoke in Salt Lake City, UT. We were unable to find a church to attend (and the closest recommendation was 40 miles south), and we had just a bit of time to see the Great Salt Lake before heading to Pinedale, Wyoming (south of Jackson/Grand Tetons). By the time we got breakfast and repacked the truck, it was around 10:30 and rather late to make a church visit work. So, we decided it would be a shame to be so close to the Great Salt Lake and not see it.
Antelope Island State Park is the largest of many islands inside the lake. For $10 a car load one can drive over on a long causeway and enjoy seeing the lake from within the lake. There are bison, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep (we didn’t spot any of the elusive sheep), and many types of birds. The water on most of the lake is about 8 times saltier than any of the world’s oceans (if I recall correctly). I didn’t taste it. I think Beth did taste it…I think she’s crazy.
It was well worth the entrance price and it was just another of many memorable locations we’ve seen on our trip. What a priceless treasure this trip continues to be for our family. The memories will last a lifetime for the boys and for us too.
If you’re wondering, Salt Lake City is definitely the center of the Mormon universe. There are so many Mormon “churches” and of course the large temple. The building style and steeples remind me of Baptist church buildings. So much so, I was thinking that Salt Lake City looks like a Mormon Chattanooga, TN (which seemingly has a Baptist church on just about every street corner). We noticed a lot of white shirts, ties and suit coats this morning and very little traffic. Many restaurants were closed today. Once again, driving speed limits on urban interstates seems to be a risky behavior, so I guess that makes me a “risk-taker.”