10.02.2012

The One With the Big Lake

We left Bryce Canyon on a VERY chilly morning, the thermometer hovering at freezing, and headed northwards, with Great Salt Lake as our final destination.

After a Subway breakfast, an uneventful drive except for a slightly curse-worthy detour in Provo (yes, I was driving at the time, shuddup), we made it to the causeway of Antelope Island for our first night of "dry camping" - no hookups, no nothin'.

Antelope Island

But this place is pretty magical, y'all.

Antelope Island is a 28,000 acre island completely surrounded by the Great Salt Lake, and filled with bison, coyotes, antelopes, bunnies and birds - all of which we saw within minutes of being on island.

We don't see these in Indiana!

First Bison

Antelope Again

The island is pretty too, with wide beaches and lots of wide open spaces, and a few mountains to boot..

Another View

Great Salt Lake

Looking at the Causeway

We had a drive around some of the park, stopping for a  few photos here and there and marveling at how little man-made stuff is here, how quiet it is, and how few people there are.

Now, I've been saying the whole trip how I couldn't wait to see a bison - I just think they're adorable. I figured Yellowstone would be the place, but no….on Antelope Island, there is a herd of over 500, and they just kick it wherever they want.

Like the road. Or the roadside.

Amazing. :-)

Bison Crossing

Big Fella

Herd

After taking bison photos and having a walk on the beach (lots of sand flies, sadly), we adjourned to our campsite to eat by candlelight, watch the sunset and relax.

Sunset

And then something else magical happened.

We're outside, watching the last of the sun slip away, the stars beginning to peek out when we look over and see a glow starting in the east…it gets bigger and brighter, and we then get to sit and witness the most amazing moonrise I've perhaps ever seen. So bright was it that a while later we took a walk around the campground without accompanying light, lit only by the moon. We stood for ages outside looking at a zillion stars, at the Milky Way, at the constellations, at planets rising from the dark.

Magical, indeed.

An absolutely still, impossibly quiet night followed, and now we're off to the Tetons, where humanity has no doubt invaded once again.

But I'm glad we had a night of absolute nature, absolute solitude - we sure don't get that in Indiana. ;-)

G'night!

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