We left Twin Falls, ID early in the morning. We decided to take a drive through their downtown. This little VW parking lot beckoned us to stop.
Some dark clouds rolled in early. Very threatening they were!
When you travel on back roads and through small towns you find great buildings like this! Why don’t we make signs like this anymore?! Signs now are cheap and dull.
Utah welcomed us with some big dark clouds.
Make sure you gas up!!
We were going to be traveling on a 100 mile stretch of old railroad grade. The road is all dirt so we were super happy to see those dark rain clouds give way to blue sky and sun!
This is the beginning of the 100 miles of railroad grade.
Get in the car and let’s go!
You can drive on most of the old railroad grade except for a few areas that have been routed around some old and brittle train bridges and washes.
See the jackrabbit bounces away? That’s the first jackrabbit I’ve ever seen in real life!
Here’s the long gone town of Terrace.
Terrace is the most intact town on the 100 mile stretch. There’s not much here, but there’s more than other ghost towns along the railroad grade.
The desert really does get THAT dry.
I spotted this piece of an old glass bottle near Terrace. The only text you can read on the bottle says “Utah.”
This is where we almost got stuck in the mud last year! We had to off road in the Yaris and push our way through some sage brush. This year it was quite a bit drier so no off roading was required!
Utah is famous for it’s arches. We even spotted a few on the back roads.
At the end of the dirt road is the Golden Spike National Monument. This is where the last spike was driven for the first transcontinental railroad in the US.
Near the Golden Spike is the Spiral Jetty. This was our third time visiting the lovely earthwork. The Spiral Jetty was designed by the artist, Robert Smithson…not to be confused with Robert Smith…although he’s wonderful too.
The Spiral Jetty sits in the Great Salt Lake. I love the pinkish water!
Eric and I hiked to the top where that sweet boy asked me to marry him! Note the jackalope in the lower right corner.
The Great Salt Lake can be nasty in some areas. People do swim in parts of the lake though. Next time we’re near Salt Lake City I must swim in it!
There’s the Spiral Jetty.
We drove a some more old railroad grade leaving the Golden Spike area.
We met our friend and host Mandy at Long Life Veggie House in Salt Lake City for some vegan Chinese food before heading to her house for the evening. To Fu World!
“It”s an entree? It”s a dessert? May be both!”
Every time we’ve visited SLC we’ve stopped here for food first thing. Tradition is nice!
SLC is tucked in the mountains with wonderful skies! SLC has some great old neon too! Probably the best neon I’ve seen in a town overall!