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The Great Salt Lake

The marina at the State Park in Salt Lake City shows most of the slips empty. Low mountains in the background, with an obelisk towering above the horizon.

Leaving Devils Tower, we still had the entire state of Wyoming ahead of us!  And there’s not much to see out there!   The small towns along the way provided food and fuel, but for the most part, we just kept driving. Our next stop is Salt Lake City, Utah, where we plan to visit The Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake State Marina

A woman with her back to the camera, stands on a short raised pier (with a railing) Overlooking the Great Salt Lake
Overlooking the Lake

There are two State Parks on the Great Salt Lake.  The first park is The Great Salt Lake State Marina.  And true to its name, it has a marina! Most of the slips were empty, and we only saw one boat on the lake. Not sure what to make of that, but it seems a little unusual for the middle of summer, so see no boats anywhere.

Huge rocks/boulders at the bottom of the picture, blue skies at the top. In the middle, we see about 8 large spider hanging on their webs between the rocks.
Spiders at GSL Marina

The walkways and elevated sight-seeing piers are easily accessible by anybody on foot, bicycle, or wheelchair. As we explored, we saw hundreds of huge spiders!  In fact, there are so many of them, the visitor center has a Spider Sticker for your scrapbook!

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Antelope Island State Park

A plain concrete building (you can still see the the plywood impression from the concrete forms they used to build it) with very plain black letters that read: Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center, and below that it reads, State of Utah, Department of National Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation. It doesn't look very inviting, considering it's a visitor center.
Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center

The other State Park is called Antelope Island State Park.  And true to its name, it’s on an island, but only when the water levels are normal.   Otherwise, like today, it’s a peninsula, and the only access point is by crossing a bridge at the north end. 

Taken from Antelope Island, this is the Great Salt Lake. It's VERY low! There is a road that runs through the center of the lake, and presumably the water should be right-up against the shoulder of the road, but it's so low, that there is a white edge around the water. (Sand/salt)
The Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island

On the day of our visit, the water levels were so low that the idea of walking to the shoreline was unreasonable.  When the water level is higher, you can park on the side of the road and walk to the lake. But unfortunately, that was not possible during our visit.

Wild Buffalo

Two buffalo grazing near the road, with an open range behind them. Beyond that, the hillside rises up.
Two Buffalo

Seeing the wild buffalo was a treat! These immense, slow-moving beasts were grazing in the field! And there were several in the middle of the road, which isn’t really a problem because we all love seeing these magnificent creatures up close! 

Architecture

Heavy shadows in the bright sunshine, showing off the architecture in Salt Lake City. (The same church, from another angle.)
Heavy Shadows

Coming back into the city, we drove through town looking for the architecture for which Salt Lake City is known. Specifically, we wanted to see the masonic temples, or something to be like all “Wow!” about!

This might be a church. A tall tower on the left seems to match the tall tower on the right, except for perspective. (The one on the right seems shorter, because the camera is closer to the one on the left). Between them is the middle section, which has a stairway leading to a doorway. Arched windows and doorways make this building look ornate.
SLC Architecture

Strangely enough, we had some trouble finding that area of town! We even did a google search, and it kept looping us back to this one building. By then we were getting tired and beginning to make plans for tomorrow’s trip. Stay with the journey as we head over to Bryce Canyon!

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