It has been a couple of longish travel days coming up to Oregon from Arches and Moab, and of course not without incident. We had a side grille that covers the working of the refrigerator go missing some where in Utah. but we found a replacement yesterday in Boise at an RV place. Our original plan was to make it to Salt Lake City, but out travels brought us into the city much sooner than we had anticipated. We drove downtown past the Mormon Temple at Temple Square and up past the Capitol building, and then we were headung north once again.
We made a quick decision to drive out to Antelope Island State Park and see the Great Salt Lake. It was a 7 mile drive across a causeway to get to the island but well worth it. The wind was tremendous and buffeted the Doodle all over the road, but it was an interesting trip driving out across the Great Salt Lake with strange birds and oddly colored water whipped up by the wind. We drove up to the visitor center and learned a bit more about the island and found that there had been a sighting of buffalo along the eastern shore road, so off we went and about five miles down the road we weren’t disappointed. Here we saw our first herd of Buffalo (North American Bison). What an amazing sight. We all gou tout a gawked like so many tourists before us, and tool lots of pictures.
Since we wanted to push further north, we pressed on, stopping for fuel and we also found a good old CVS so Carol could refill some prescriptions. We found a Walmart in Burley, Idaho and setup on the outer fringes along with a couple of other RVs, hey it not pretty but oh so convenient when you are trying to make up miles. In the morning we went into the Walmart and restocked, like I said, very convenient. More miles passed under our wheels and the scenery began to change with long broad valleys and swooping roads that went on forever. Idaho is a beautiful state and the changing scenery kept us entertained as we made our way to Oregon.
We reached Baker City Oregon by mid-afternoon and found the Oregon Trail Historic Site. We spent quite a while there, hanging out with the old covered wagons reading about the hardships that so many endured. While Carol and Ben visited the Museum (no dogs allowed), I hung out with Harper and shot a time lapse of the clouds and shadows scudding across the valley and replaced the grille on the side of the doodle with the new one we had purchased in Boise. We found our way to a very nice little campground in Baker City and set up for the evening, ate, played cards and went to bed a bit early.
Below is a gallery of images taken on this leg of the trip.