At 9hrs, yesterday’s drive was a big push for us, perhaps one of our longest. Still not where we needed to be be, we decide to overnight at an interstate rest stop.
In a perfect world, we prefer to limit our drive days to 2hrs max, our rationale being why rush from here to there when everyday is just another day on the road? By comparison, I’m guessing such an effort is nothing for these big rigs shadowing us.
I didn’t get the best night of sleep, but I caught a lovely sunrise this morning.
Continuing our push east towards Minnesota, Kelly and I have paused in central South Dakota for the next 48 hours. Our site, adjacent to the Missouri River overlooks the town of Chamberlain and provides a constant reminder that I hate Midwest summer humidity.
Right about now, I’d kill the cool air of the Pacific North West.
While visiting Page, AZ was very cool, the internet coverage very much sucked. This wasn’t a big deal initially due to our stay overlapping with the Memorial Day holiday, but by Wednesday that week we’d had enough – the slow data speeds were driving us crazy and impacting our ability to work effectively. Knowing that there was a great alternative state about two hours northwest near Zion National Park, we decided to leave Page and relocate to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT.
The site worked perfectly for our needs and we had great views of Zion, but … it was a huge bummer to be so close to a fantastic national park and not have time for a visit.
Working while overlooking Zion National Park
With a looming deadline in Salt Lake City (Kelly’s long scheduled haircut), we pushed hard from Hurricane and late in the day arrived to Great Salt Lake State Park, which was our base for the week.
Located about 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, this location was conveniently situated, but home to crazy aggressive – and big – mosquitoes. Further, the lake levels were quite low, which coupled with hot temperatures seemed to be an incubator for intermittently stinky sulfur odors … all of which took away from an otherwise ideal and quaint place to squat for the week.
Brigham Young University
University of Utah
LDS Salt Lake Temple
LDS world headquarters building
Tasty dinner in Salt Lake City
Lilly in playing in a river on a very hot day
Our campsite at Great Salt Lake marina