The Bonneville Salt Flats

After a long day of driving we top the crest of the small hill and pull over to snap a shot of Wendover, and the salt flats in the background.


We drive on with the target of the rest area halfway across the flat, white landscape.



After a decent night’s sleep we take the short hike up to the top of the trail to take in the vast vista across the valley.


Where once people trudged west on foot, by wagon, and on horseback now wild horses roam. We were not lucky enough to see the horses. I cannot even imagine the migration west. Such hardship and heartache our forefathers endured.


We head out to get through Salt Lake City before church traffic starts. We got lost in the construction zone detour on the outer limits of Salt Lake City, but find our way eastward again, heading toward Evanston, Wyoming. I had forgotten a lot about Wyoming except the wind, the wild Wyoming wind, but it was a blessing today, because there are very few trees to give much-needed shade when travelling in a dark vehicle and stops are needed. The wind helps to keep things bearable.

DSC_0078This pretty much sums up the vast majority of Wyoming


I decide we are not staying in Evanston and drive on toward Kemmerer, the “Mother Store” to all J C Pennys. I need to get off the blasted freeway and while driving Hwy 189 N, we do not find any shade, but there are no vehicles going 80 MPH + either!.
On the north end of Kemmerer I spot a DOG PARK, and the boys enjoy some much-needed exploring and hiking of legs. They soon tire of the relentless sun—and the fact I am in the van working on this post doesn’t set well with them either—and who jumps into the van, tails wagging, but The Chiweenie Brothers! The little stinkers got under the gate and came looking for mom! Thank God they had sense enough to come straight to the van.
I am very happy to be off the interstate and resting a bit. That unbelievable speed limit of 80 MPH on I-80 through much of Utah (except for the sections through the canyon where there are 45 MPH curves!) was nerve wracking. Who thinks this is okay? Freeways are scary enough with crazy people packing the highways, but add in that speed …
Before taking a little nap, I research camping sites up the road. Where are we going to land tonight?
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs. Welcome to the newest readers, and thanks to you old-timers who have stuck around for the long haul. I appreciate each and every one of you!
Hugs, Shawna
CURRENT READ: By the Grace of the Sea, by Pat Henry. This book follows her solo odyssey sailing around the world in her 31-foot sail boat, Southern Cross

Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I am a full-time traveler, retired from a lifetime of different occupations, traveling the country with my two little dogs, Fries and Charlie B; The Chiweenie Brothers. You never know where you might find us, but if you do stop by and say hi . . . If you can get past the two best watch dogs in the universe! Happy Trails!

4 thoughts on “The Bonneville Salt Flats”

  1. Beautiful pictures. Would love to walk that trail. Had to laugh at your 80 mph speed. 😂 I would have been extremely nervous. Looks like you’re seeing some interested places. Happy travels!


  2. Wow! Utah looks beautiful & pretty interesting, but Wyoming-not so much!😄

    You are so amazing heading for the wild blue yonder with your pups! That 80 mph speed limit sounds quite scary because if the speed limit is 80, I’m sure people will drive 90!

    I love your photos, so keep up the good work! I have not been “out west”, so it’s very interesting to me! Stay safe and have fun! YECF, Brenda

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Glad to hear you and the guys are doing well. I would have made alot of people mad too..I don’t like 80 miles an hour either. I have not seen that stretch of 1-80 but did see Wyoming into Nebraska…Mountains..what mountains those almost don’t qualify as hills..I’m glad the boys know where home is even if it is on wheels. The weather here is ugly, hot and smoky..fires everywhere! Nothing close but I don’t want that either…May your journey continue to be safe and great…As far as the trip our forefathers made..I totally agree!
    Fair is almost over the jr livestock sail went well. I need a nap..worn out from the 95 degree plus heat.


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