Looking back it almost seems like we were making our way through the alphabet with our next destination – Antelope Island to Bear Lake. We did stay at a place called Chris’ Campground, but that wasn’t until later on down the road. 🙂
Our trip through Logan Canyon to Bear Lake in Utah was as
stressful memorable as you might expect. As a rule, we’ve decided that when time permits, it’s always best to take the state roads as opposed to the interstates whenever possible. This is usually a good practice as the speed limits are generally lower and the traffic moves along at a much more leisurely pace.
The thing about state roads though, is you need to really mind your maps, especially topographically when mountains and passes are involved. I’ve learned in our travels that the word “pass” truly is a four-letter word… and by that I mean a nasty cuss. Sure, once you’re up over them the vistas are incredible. It’s the getting up there that makes my butt cheeks pucker.
Before the days of towing a travel trailer with a pick-up truck with 239,000 miles on it, I would have seen the sign for Logan Canyon and thought “Sweet! My little sports car and I would love to go zooming up the twisting turning roads. No worries!” Now, however, not so much.
Oh, the views are still just as splendid. Actually, I suppose they are an even sweeter reward for making it to the top. Being able to breathe that first deep lung-full of air, after envisioning the motor blowing up with various parts spewing through the hood of the truck and us careening backward to a fiery death for the entire incline, is sweeter than iced-tea in Georgia!
Of course, Mr. Gibberish assures me that if something were to happen to the over-stressed engine, he is in total control and we most certainly would not go careening anywhere. Hmmm… I know he’s right. But still.
Here are some pics I managed to take on the way up Routes 91 & 89 out of Brigham City, Utah on our way to Bear Lake. I have to tell you though, getting a good perspective on the incline is hard for a novice photographer like me. 🙁
See… looks flat, huh?
Twisting – Turning… no pull-offs here folks!
Logan Canyon is part of the Cache National Forest. No we didn’t stop – we had forward momentum! 😉
The elevation at the summit was only… (6923 feet)
which is actually kind of funny because we ended up going much higher in our travels, but I was much less stressed after this one. Go figure.
Once we made it over that crest, this was our reward…
Bear Lake, or the “Caribbean of the Rockies” as it’s know due to the brilliant blue color of the lake, actually changes color depending on the weather. Sunny = Blue, Overcast = Green, Stormy = Aquamarine. The change is due to suspended limestone particles in the water.
We stayed at Bear Lake Rendezvous State Park. Unfortunately, the site we were in was disappointing, especially after the incredible site we had on Antelope Island. Besides the fact that it was more than double the price, the site was dumpy, uneven, and over grown. It did, however have a great view of the lake. The night we were there the wind was so strong on the lake, the waves coming onto shore actually sounded like a decent ocean surf.
There were even tiny little shells all over the place…
We even saw a lighthouse on the way out of town. Oddly enough the second one we’ve seen in Utah!
This was also the first time we came across off-road vehicles driving freely on the main streets.
We made a mental note to take full advantage of this if we had the opportunity during our travels. (Spoiler alert — We did in South Dakota!)
After leaving Utah we made it as far as Jackson, Wyoming where we toured the town and spent the night.
More on that in the next post. 🙂
As always, thanks for stopping by!