Sunday, August 28, 2011

Utah - Part 7 - Uinta National Forest

After a night of great sleep in Richfield, we decided to head up north towards Salt Lake. We took some back roads, and ended up in Uinta National Forest. There we took the 'scenic route' through the forest, which got us up to over 9000 feet!

You can definitely tell how it's starting to get greener out there.

An interesting thing happened in Uinta National Forest though… We took a little side road, which ended up on a campsite but provided a good view of Mount Nebo, the tallest mountain there. We got out of the car to take some pictures (still didn’t have enough!) and we were approached by an older lady in a car. She told us that she lived nearby and loved this area. She also told us about a bridge crossing a small creek with a nice area on the other side, and if were where to go there, she wouldn’t mind come with is since it had been a while for her to visit that spot.
All fine and all, but then she pointed to a truck with two guys and she mentioned how they had been following her. All of a sudden I had this really weird gut feeling, and I just wanted to get away from there. We politely said that we had to go, and before we knew it she took off. We left the campsite area as well, back to the main road. She was nowhere to be seen, and the guys in the truck didn’t follow us. I’m not sure what it was all about, but we were wondering if they were trying to get us away from the car, so they could rob us? Not sure, but we felt a bit uneasy for the rest of that trip, despite the fact we climbed 3000 feet and you could see the road below us with nobody on it. Nothing happened, and maybe there was nothing weird about it, just our imagination, but it just didn’t feel right.

Anyway, we were still able to take a few photos. It's 'open range', which means that cows can roam freely. Hence the cows.

Guardrails anywhere??

Even here you can find those red rocks.

Dreams get broken in Vegas

Close to 3000m

Photo op!

Lake Utah

Just to make sure we're going the right direction.

Are you sure we need to turn right??

After we left Uinta Forest, we decided to do something else. We checked the CAA book (which proved pretty valuable in the past week), and looked up stuff to do in Provo (just south of SLC). It turns out they had an aquarium. SInce we were getting a little tired of driving, and the temperature started to climb again, we headed to the aquarium. It was pretty fun actually. Of course, more photos were taken...

Also, did you know that scorpions glow in the dark?

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