Day Seven: Olympians and Speed Records

Today we made our way from the campsite in Rawlins, WY to another campsite in West Wendover, NV – right on the border of UT and NV.

The drive out of Wyoming was welcoming, only because we’d spent two nights in WY and it just felt like forever. Wyoming is FAR more scenic to drive through than South Dakota for the most part, but I’ll tell you, Utah has them both beat. Having all the stereotypes in my head of what to expect in Utah really made the reality that much better – it was nothing like what everybody had said. We took the advice of a good friend and drove through Park City and saw the Olympic grounds and actually stumbled into the town’s “Silly Sunday” festival which is much like our Culpeper Day, only far more vendors and much better scenery.


We spent a bit of time walking around Park City before loading into the car and back down Hwy 80 towards Salt Lake City. The decent through the mountains into SLC was fantastic… nothing we had experienced on the trip yet was like it. We passed under jets overhead landing at SLC and then immediately rolled into the Great Salt Lake State Park where we stopped for photos. I even got my feet in the lake, which was extremely warm. You have to wade through the blanket of bristle flies though – they’re everywhere!

After the state park, we got back on Hwy 80 towards Wendover, UT. The road is straight and water/salt basins surround you. We were on our way to the Bonneville Salt Flats raceway where numerous land speed records have been created and broken. Even a few of my favorite rotary powered cars have made their mark out here.


We arrived at the West Wendover KOA a little late thinking about just getting a cabin, but their prices were higher than other KOAs (even their tent sites) so opted not to. We rushed to setup the tent, even leaving the rain guard off for the first time as we’re pretty much in a dessert and no rain is expected. Low of 75 out tonight!

Oh – and so far, this dry heat that everybody complains about has felt GREAT. Yes, walking around a bit does build up sweat, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing the heat as a jacket like back in VA.

Here’s a shot just outside of the SLC around 7PM:



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One Response to Day Seven: Olympians and Speed Records

  1. Aunt Karen says:

    I love being able to read and see the pictures of your trip. This has to be so fun for the girls and what a great family time together. Keep traveling safe. Love you guys!!

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