Utah, More Camping, More Heat and More Friends!

Up early (June 15) to beat the heat and headed to the Spiral Jetty and the Great Salt Lake.

The Spiral Jetty on the shores of the Great Salt Lake

Then we walked the mile or so out to the current shoreline (the water has been high enough in the past to completely cover the jetty).

Weirdly beautiful – all the salt you an eat!
Guessing this plant wishes he had sprouted somewhere else…

We left the Great Salt Lake just as it was starting to get uncomfortably warm (about 8:30) and drove to our campsite just east of Salt Lake City (near the Alta Ski Resort in the Wasatch Mountains).

Our campsite in Spruces Canyon

We were a bit worried because the temperatures kept rising through the afternoon, reaching the upper 90’s in town. But our campsite is 2,000 feet above SLC and the temperature was consistently 20-25 degrees cooler.

After setting up camp, doing a short hike and getting cleaned up we put on our best campwear and headed back down the mountains. A high school friend of mine (Linda Burr) who I had not seen since high school contacted me via facebook and invited us to dinner – their place is only 30 minutes from our camp.

High school friends.

We had a lovely time and drank too much of course. Next morning we were up bright and early for a little 8 mile, 3,000 foot hike up into the Wasatch Mountains.

Heading up…
Still a little snow up above 10,000 feet.
A moose on the trail!
Near the top (or as close as we got).
Lovely view

And, as luck would have it, Clifford Pugh and his husband John were staying the next canyon over in Park City (though not in a tent) and invited us over for dinner.

Dinner (actually drinks) with Clifford and John.

So, after two nights of lovely camping and wonderful dinners with friends we left Utah heading toward Colorado.

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