Sunday, August 27, 2017

From the Flats of Utah to the Heights of Nevada

I love the drive from Wyoming into Utah. As you leave Wyoming you begin heading down from the high plains and the hills begin to show more green. They are simply gorgeous. It's a postcard around every corner!

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.

From the Internet
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!

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. 

We spent that night in Wells, NV at an older RV park run by owners in their 70's. They were a very caring couple who leant us a battery charger for the Jeep, which decided it had too many things going on to keep the battery going strong. We ended up walking up to a local NAPA store to buy our own charger, a jump box and jumper cables. We do own all of these, but two are with the MINI in storage and one already made the trip to Florida and is awaiting us there!

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!

(My apologies to folks who live in and love Nevada. It is beautiful, but at least along I-80 it is rather barren.)


  1. 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!

    1. 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.

  2. All that sat kinda looks like snow, you did see some interesting "stuff" especially a shark:)

    1. 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!


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