Melissa & Adam's adventure...
This year we have several trips planned, and our Valentines getaway was the first one on our calendar. Adam and I decided to visit Salt Lake City, because we love Moab and visited in the Ogden area a couple of years ago. Our original intention was to take the Amtak train, but they ended up canceling the train that would bring us home, so we decided to go on road trip instead. Avoiding I-70 as much as possible, we drove up Highway 24 through the mountains. Did you know that there is a white buffalo (Bison) near Hartsel?? We spotted him and I had to try and get a photo. He was pretty far away, but you can see glimpses of him. The morning drive went smoothly and we enjoyed watching the scenery change several times around us. I brought my Nikon Z50, Olympus OMG (analog) and of course, the Instax camera to capture our trip.
Antelope Island State Park
This is a must see if you are visiting Salt Lake City. We spent almost all of our day in the park. There was so much to see; the views were great and there was easy hiking. We checked out the Fielding Garr Ranch and spent a lot of time with the horses. They loved Adam so much they gave him kisses! The Bison were roaming freely and there were several herds in different spots along the park. Several were still at the Visitors center, but one thought we were a little too close and decided to walk towards. Not gonna lie, it was very intimidating...but I got a great shot of him! Strangely, we didn't see any antelope...
While we were in Salt Lake, I really wanted to check out some film camera stores. Since film photography has had a huge boom, Salt Lake had several camera stores that carried analog cameras. So we hit up the closest one to us, and I am so glad we did! We went to Acme Camera, and they had an Olympus Pen FT half frame camera that I had been wanting. I couldn't resist, and I bought it. I absolutely love the way this camera feels in my hands, its super fun to use, and I got some great images with it!
Bonneville Salt Flats
This destination has been on my bucket list, so we had to go! It's about an hour and a half from Salt Lake City. Once we arrived we were shocked that the Salt Flats were closed. There were several signs warning us not to drive your vehicle on the flats due to wet conditions...needless to say we were puzzled. So we walked out onto the flats to see what it was all about...and yes it was very wet and slippery like mud. It was a crazy feeling walking on it. In some areas the salt is more than five inches thick! I would love to come here in the summer time and watch the races. We then headed to Wendover and bam! we were in Nevada. There was at least seven casinos in this small town, and it was hoppin'! Then we went back to Salt Lake City to find more things to do, but found out that a lot of attractions in this city are only for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Temple was undergoing some renovations and was fenced off, blocking the view. Needless to say, I was disappointed. We spent our last evening watching movies in the hotel and enjoyed some snuggling. We left super early the next morning and went home a different route than we came, and I have to say, it was pretty scenic.