Day 4 began early, as we were eager to escape the clutches of the Anglers Motel in Ashton, Idaho.
Why? I hear you ask...
- We arrived around 10pm on Dec 30 to find no reception staff on duty
- the front office was locked and a phone number was left on the door for us to call after hours
- the woman who answered took my credit card info over the phone and agreed to rent us 2 rooms (#8 & #9)
- she then told me to "go right in... the rooms are all unlocked." (the keys were inside)
- the rooms were dirty
- each unit had two bedrooms, but only one room in each unit had a heater!
- there was no hot water (when I called the woman back to complain, she suggested we let it run for 20-30 minutes because the water pipes were run outside the walls and it was extremely cold outside!!)
- we give this motel a rating of... ZERO stars!
Here are Manon & Katherine as we crossed into Utah!
After a short drive through Salt Lake City, we drove west to see the Great Salt Lake!
This map shows the location of the Great Salt Lake within the borders of Utah. Note how large it is: approximately 75 miles (121 km) by 35 miles (56 km), making it the largest lake west of the Mississippi River. It is also one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world!
It was EXTREMELY cold and windy on the lake, but the kids had fun getting out of the van for some quick pictures!
Here is an example of the mineral crystals that are commonly taken from the lake! They are made up of many different minerals and salts.
We were surprised to learn that millions of tons of salt are extracted from the lake and the surrounding evaporation pools that have been built for this purpose. Note the size of those mounds of salt in comparison to the heavy machinery working on it!
At the western edge of Utah are the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, known for their beauty and the Bonneville Speedway, where may world records for land speed have been set.
As we own a farm with Alpacas and Llamas, we tend to notice when someone puts a sticker of a Llama on a public sign!
Here is the view of the Salt Flats when you walk out onto the salt!
You can walk out onto the salty soil. When you return, a water spray station has been set up so you can wash the salt from your shoes. As it was well below freezing, the foot wash was closed for the season.
We ended the night at Bella's Restaurant in Wells, NV where the kids indulged in a well-deserved hot cocoa after a LONG day in the van!
Katherine, I think you've got a little something on your nose...
Distance traveled DAY 4: Ashton, ID to Salt Lake City, UT to Winnemucca, NV = approximately 620 miles (998 km)