Logan Canyon to Bear Lake Utah

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. 🙂

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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. 🙁

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See… looks flat, huh?

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Twisting – Turning… no pull-offs here folks!

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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)

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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…

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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.

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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.

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There were even tiny little shells all over the place…

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We even saw a lighthouse on the way out of town. Oddly enough the second one we’ve seen in Utah!

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This was also the first time we came across off-road vehicles driving freely on the main streets.

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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!

~Cheers~

 

Ramblings from the Road… Vacation Is Over

Time has a funny way zipping by at the speed of light lately. I’m not sure how it happened but I just checked my day planner and we have indeed been on “vacation” for a whopping five weeks and five days. Seriously?? Yes, just double checked.

As I sit here and try to organize copious amounts of photos, videos and notes it does indeed leave no doubt that I’ve been slacking – and enjoying every minute. But the time has come to get back to work and try to capture some of the highlights for posterity. (Ha! yes I used that stuffy old word.) What I really mean is for you all – my peeps!  😀

I guess the best place to start is the beginning…

Antelope Island, Utah.

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I know I posted a little bit about this wonderful park in the past, but I had some more awesome photos I wanted to share. Also, I have to say, if you’ve never had a chance to visit this park and find yourself in the vicinity It’s a must see! Really… don’t worry.

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Lol… okay, so times have changed and we’ve come a long way. But if you’re willing to “rough it” and by that I mean dry camp for a few days, Antelope Island will more than make up for the lack of utilities with its spectacular views, spacious sites, and abundant wildlife.

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This was our little piece of heaven for two nights at the end of May. Did I mention the over-night fee is only $10? What a deal! There is a one time fee of $3 when crossing the causeway to the island but still, what a bargain!

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A rainbow on our first night of the month-long road trip brought us good luck 🙂

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Hey Babe – Check out the buffalo at the next camp site!

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Ummm… what?  LoL It was awesome to see the beasts that close! They are fun to watch as they just seem to graze and lie around all day. We definitely felt a connection with them. 😉

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The view from Buffalo Point Trail out into White Rock Bay was stunning and included a view of a herd of bison. They are hard to see, but they’re down there.

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However, we didn’t need to leave our site, or even the H.O.W. (house on wheels) to see the big brown beauties!

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The view from my desk… not too shabby!

There were some other animals that were a little harder to capture, but I gave it my best shot.

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I don’t know what kind of bird this is, but I can tell you it was amazingly fast! It ran more than flew and when it did it looked just like the Roadrunner cartoon. Cute!

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And hey! There’s Bugs Bunny! Okay, I know it’s a jackrabbit. Again, a super fast creature. Not a great image, but actually, I can’t believe I was able to get a shot of it at all!

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An antelope under the pedestrian sign. 🙂

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This image is a little better. So pretty and delicate, in total contrast to the bison.

And a couple more buffalo pics –

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Sunbathing on the beach – what a life.

As you can imagine the peace, quiet, and solitude was only enhanced by the exquisite views.

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Antelope Island was the perfect spot to start our six-state road trip. One word of caution however – brine flies or gnats. We somehow managed to get very lucky while we were there. We did not have any problem with the gnats and never actually even saw any until we stopped at the U.S. Army Ranger & Air Force Memorial on the way out. But be sure to check your calendar and the Utah State Parks website for the brine fly season.

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Link to info on U.S. Army and Air Force Memorial – Antelope Island 

We had an incredibly relaxing time while on the island and hope that if you get a chance to visit the park you enjoy your time there as much as we did.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

~Cheers~

Checking Off States

Happy First Weekend of Summer!

Seeing as I’m spending it in Las Vegas I can honestly say I’ve found the HEAT! No, I’m not complaining at all. It’s been up over 100 degrees in the afternoon but I have to say I love it!

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See what I’m saying? Not a bad place to kick back, regroup and get back into the “write” frame of mind. It truly is an Oasis! 😉

Lots to tell you about since we spent time on Antelope Island and at Bear Lake. We’ve been able to check off six more states on our latest road trip. I never would have thought work plans changing like the wind was a good thing but as it turns out they rocked this time!

The gap in Mr. G’s work commitments allowed us to check off six more states on the map!

The latest states are:

  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • Nevada

I have lots of pics and thoughts to share with you and hope to start getting the posts together as soon as we get settled in our next destination… yes really. This one is pretty much a given. (She says with fingers and toes crossed!)  We are headed to the San Fernando Valley in sunny California tomorrow.

After spending time in places like Yellowstone Park, Custer Park, The Badlands, and The Grasslands there’s no doubt we are in for a major culture shock. But the more we see the more we learn so all is well.

Okay, I have one more tidbit of exciting news to share. I am very excited to be signing a contract on the line above where it says … “Author”!

20130621_185144 (1)The release is for a piece that will be included in an anthology scheduled to be published and on the shelves by the end of summer. So for the first time since my days as a town reporter my words will be on the page in black and white. 🙂  (Yes, I’m just a little excited!)

Time to start packing up for the final leg of this journey. We’re going to try to make it through the Mojave Desert before the sun is really up and baking tomorrow.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

~Cheers~

Antelope Island and Bear Lake in Utah…

Hi All!

Just wanted to wish everyone a good weekend and let you know we are in route to our next destination.Our stops so far included Antelope Island and Bear Lake, both in Utah.

A change of plans has us heading toward North Dakota instead of Wyoming but all is well as the scenery is spectacular.

This is just a quick post. I will write dedicated posts to the places we see in our travels once we get situated and our internet connection is a little better. 🙂

We were able to check out Antelope Island…

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That’s the H.O.W. (house on wheels) down there with some brave tent campers in the site next to us.

The sunset was amazing…

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From Antelope Island we’ve been heading north. Route 89 off of I-15 is a scenic highway and I’ve got a lot of pics to show you! But for now I’ll just show you all one of Bear Lake where we stayed last night.

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The water in the lake actually changes color dramatically depending on the weather. I’ll fill you in on the details later. Very cool. Luckily while we were here it stayed a brilliant blue – which means clear sunny skies.

Okay that’s all for now. Like I said, just wanted to let everyone know all is well and to say …

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That’s all for now 🙂

~Cheers~