I had read Nina and Pam's posts about serious gnat problems there in the springtime so I was prepared. We've driven past the Great Salt Lake numerous times on the interstates and were curious enough to decide to get closer despite the unpleasant bug situation. Oh, and the smell problem.
As we drove into the State Park we saw signs stating there would be no refund of entry fees for bug problems.....uh oh. Forewarned is forearmed. Driving along the causeway we experienced the infamous and unpleasant smell but as we got further into the Park, nearer the deeper water, the odor disappeared.
The landscape, so close to the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City, was serene and otherworldly. We encountered few people and saw no one in the campgrounds at all.
We only got out of the car once, for a necessary stop, and were immediately covered with tiny pepper size specks - the dreaded gnats. We realized why no one else was there! Consequently, all the pictures in this blog were shot from inside the car through a sometimes bug splattered and sometimes rainy windshield.
Despite the bugs and the occasional smell we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon's autohike on the dirt roads through this stark yet very alive landscape.
|Bison evidently aren't bothered by nasty smells|
or nasty gnats
|large squadron's of white Pelicans dotted the skies|
We enjoyed watching all the birds enjoying all the gnats!
|we encountered several pronghorn crossing the roads|
Later that evening we enjoyed a wonderful "fine dining" meal with Jack and Marilyn in the Sugar House district of Salt Lake City. Kimi's has refurbished the old Post Office Building and the surroundings were as wonderful as the meal!
Tomorrow Dave and Jack will play golf, something Dave has been really looking forward to. I'll stick around home and finish up some bills and future planning then later we'll meet Jack and Marilyn to enjoy a production by the Pioneer Theatre Company.