Salt Lake City and Antelope Island Utah

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The Great Salt lake had been on my bucket list for some time now. I especially wanted to visit after I had a chance to see the Dead Sea in Israel. I wanted to see how the water compared. (The Dead sea is much more oily, the Great Salt lake was more, well, salty.)   I spent the morning exploring Salt Lake City then visited Antelope Island State Park.

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While not a Mormon, I was still impressed with the architecture of the temple at SLC. It was majestic in it’s glowing white marble
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The temple up close, or as up close as I could get. Only Mormons in good standing are actually allowed inside.

I really liked SLC, it was very clean, the people were like small town friendly. This was the first time I had been to Utah. I drove up from Las Vegas which was just gorgeous. The southern half of the state is barren desert, then you cross a mountain and the other side is suddenly green and a lot more lush.

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Antelope Island juts out of Salt lake. The island has mountain on it (Frary’s Peak at 6500ft ) The island has a trail that raises about  2000 ft from the trail head to the summit and is about 3.5 miles each way.

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt lake. Sometimes, when the rainfall has been low it actually becomes a peninsula.  The island is just a couple miles off the eastern shore and is connected by a causeway. There is a ten dollar fee  per car to drive to the island, and bikes and pedestrians are three dollars.

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The island is rich in wildlife. You have the eponymous Antelope,  Bighorn Sheep, Bobcats, many different types of eagles and several herds of Buffalo
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Having Buffalo or Antelope cross the hiking trail or road in front of you is very common.
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This island is definitely where the Buffalo roam and Antelope play
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The island has several campgrounds. Rates vary from Fifteen to thirty dollars per night. But that fee also includes entry. There are a couple beaches, but i didn’t swim they were a bit muddy at the time I was there.
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It didn’t show up in the picture, but the skyline of SLC can be seen from the island.

I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area. The hike to the summit  of Frary’s peak is a  a bit of a challenge (or at least for someone like me)  but definitely worth it. Since it is the highest point on the island there is a great view of the Lake and SLC from all directions.

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