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Lake Bonneville

25th January 2011 by Helen
Tree of Peace aka Utah Tree

Tree of Peace aka Utah Tree

After our night at the rest area we headed on west towards Wendover.  Our first stop was to be the Tree of Peace, also known as the Utah Tree.  I was looking forward to seeing this modern work of art.  The picture in the tourist book made it look as though it was somewhere you could stop and contemplate.  But no.  The I80 at that point has signs saying ‘no stopping’, there was no car park and the tree itself was fenced off with no access to it.  Shame.

Paul overlooking the Bonneville Salt Lake

Paul overlooking the Bonneville Salt Lake

So we headed on to our next destination – Bonneville Salt Flats.  All I can say is the scenery was stunning.  This is the only known place where the land is flat enough for far enough to undertake land world speed records.  Ten miles of flat ground, where from the start you cannot see the end because of the curvature of the earth.

Helen & Landy - where the road ends at the Bonneville Salt Lake

Helen & Landy - where the road ends at the Bonneville Salt Lake

We headed down the road towards the flats but were disappointed to find where the road came to an end the land was covered in water.  Of course, we should have realised that in winter the land floods, but dries out to recreate the flat salt bed in the summer.  We’ll have to come back another year to test Landy’s world speed record!!

Back on the I80 we stopped at the Salt Flats Café – a genuine Mexican American café.  Our friend Carl in Seattle told us to look out for Mexican café’s where there are Mexican customers because that’s where the best Mexican food it.  He’s right. We had a fantastic meal and very good value.

And so it was we continued on to Wendover where we stayed overnight in the lorry park between Burger King and McDonalds.  A rose between two thorns.

Distance travelled – 74 miles