We recently had some friends in from Boston visiting. Unfortunately, the week they were here it was raining CATS AND DOGS every day. I felt so bad, and so one day I pulled up my phone and said, okay, where is some place I can take them within 4 hours that will be at least partly sunny. Hoping that they could get out of the house to see a bit more of Utah and get some of that Vitamin D!
Low and behold, the Bonneville Salt Flats fell into that category and being that I had always wanted to go visit, it was decided on spontaneously.
We left just around lunch time, anticipating that baby would sleep in the car. As we headed West on 80, we rounded the mountains and the edge of the Great Salt Lake and the sun started to break through the clouds. It was like Salt Lake City was under this huge system, but nothing else around it. Smiles lit up our faces and we continued on.
About 1 and half hours later, we arrived near where the GPS said was the “Bonneville Salt Flats”. As we were driving, the water reflected gorgeous views of the sky and mountains. I kept saying to them, ” I think this is what I see in all of the pictures!” yet, there wasn’t a place to turn off. I started to get nervous, because I also saw pics of the Salt Flats being dry. I REALLY wanted the mirror image photos while we were there. I made the right call, and put on my four ways and pulled off onto the shoulder of the busy highway. Then, we got to exploring and the pictures speak for themselves.
After we got back in the car, we drove a few more miles and passed the official pull off for Salt Flats viewing. And it was indeed, dry there, with no water reflections. So if you are going for photo opps, make sure you stop a few miles before the location on the GPS Map when it feels right. Just do it.
It was honestly one of the most breathtaking views I’ve seen within a 2 miles radius of the city. Or maybe, we were just lucky that way. Any way you cut the cake, it sure make out friend’s visit too!