Once we hit the Park City area, the road dropped even more, a whopping 2000 feet, into Salt Lake City, Utah. We have been on this route before. But, this time we turned west on 201, along the southern edge of the lake, to reconnect with I-80 on the west side of the city. This was all new territory for us. Driving along the lake and seeing all of the salt that has collected was interesting. We drove by several mineral companies and two salt companies. The salt from the lake is not used for table salt. It has too many impurities. But, it is used for water softeners, salt for de-icing and industrial purposes.
As we moved away from the lake, turning to the west, we encountered signs warning drivers to stay alert. How interesting.
Why had we not seen signs like that before? It turns out that one must drive about 100 miles until he or she arrives at the Nevada border. And, most of those 100 miles are along salt flats, the last 50 miles of which are straight as an arrow, with very little to look at to break up the monotony. Now I understand why they have those signs!
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Despite the flat, straight road we did see some interesting sights:
- Many folks used rocks to leave messages or names in the salt flats next to the road
- We saw sharks in the salt... well, maybe we were hallucinating!
- We both laughed at seeing a fake Christmas tree "planted" in the salt field
- As we neared the Nevada border I could see Floating Island to the north. It really does appear to float above the salt flats
- A Swedish artist, Karl Momen, created "Metaphor: The Tree of Utah" and had it installed just over 20 miles from the border to Nevada. It is an 87 foot tall sculpture with colored spheres as leaves. The sculpture sits along the highway, but there is no access to park and view the piece up close.
The next day we drove through Nevada. I am convinced that God made Nevada as a reminder of choices we can make in this life that might influence our afterlife. Most of what we saw looked very Hell-like. Wow! Talk about desolate, rocky and arid! And look, there's a dust devil. We saw a lot of them. That ought to be proof positive!
I've just stumbled onto your blog. My boyfriend and I live full time in our restored 1977 Airstream just north of Salt Lake City. I've eaten ice cream at Little America several times... Enjoy the full time lifestyle!ReplyDelete
It is so much fun to connect with people along the road! Many years ago we looked at an old Airstream, thinking we'd restore it. Sadly, it had been neglected for far too long.Delete
All that sat kinda looks like snow, you did see some interesting "stuff" especially a shark:)ReplyDelete
The salt definitely looked like snow... but with the A/C running full blast the motorhome was still in the 80's.... we knew it wasn't so!Delete