Erica and Cristen Visit Salt Lake – Part 2

The tricky part about showing people my hometown and state is that Utah is so big and the landscape is so diverse. I would have loved to take Erica and Cristen to visit one of our national parks, but the closest one is still almost 4 hours away and our weekend was too short for that. As an alternative, I decided to take them up to see the Spiral Jetty… and since I had a professor of US History with me, we had to stop at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.

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The last time I visited there, they re-enacted the meeting of the trains, but it was too early in the season for that. However, a bunch of visitors got to caravan over to the shed where the ranger told us all about the event.

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And then we were off to the Spiral Jetty. I was worried that my little car would have a hard time with the dirt road, but I figured if it survive the road to the Sun Tunnels, it could make it to the jetty. And actually, the road was just fine. I had seen some pictures of my friend visiting the Spiral Jetty just the week before Erica and Cristen came to town and the jetty was almost covered in water. I was kind of hoping it would be the same for us. When I visited before, the jetty was encased in salt, so I was hoping for a different view.

The water was a little higher than my first visit, but the jetty was still in full view.

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After climbing down to walk along the spiral path, we decided to climb up a littler higher to see it from above.

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Although, I wasn’t really willing to climb to the top of the hill like Erica did. (Although, after seeing her photo from up top, I might try it next time.)

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I decided that we had enough light left to make another stop on our way back into Salt Lake from the jetty. I took them to Antelope Island. I’ve only been there once before, and though I did see some bison, they were just little brown dots in the distance. This time we saw some almost immediately upon entering the island. And they were close!

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They even crossed the road right in front of us to get to a little pond of water.

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Mostly, I loved how excited Erica and Cristen were to see the bison. That made it even better. We drove a little further hoping to see a few more, but mostly saw some vistas and photo ops.

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Since we weren’t seeing any more bison along the road, we turned around because I wanted to make it to the beach before sunset. We got there just in time.

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I didn’t end up taking many photos during the rest of the trip. We brunched at Ruth’s Diner, shopped for souvenirs, and then I had the brilliant idea of taking them up to Silver Lake. It’s such a beautiful spot. I didn’t even think about how it would still be completely covered in snow.

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Oh well… that’s what happens when you visit Salt Lake in March. They’ll just have to come back again in the summer so we can enjoy the mountains more.

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