Sunday, August 28, 2011

Utah - Part 8 (final) - Antelope Island

SLC is famous for its large Great Salt Lake. A very large, and mostly a very salty lake. It is so salty, only brine shrimp can live in it. There are also lots of brine flies, lots and lots of them.
The day started with thundershowers, but it cleared up after a bit. Pretty funny how we managed to get two days of rain in one of the driest places in North America... Antelope Island is known for its bisons, antelopes and deer and of course its many, many birds. It's a famous island for migrating birds to fill up on brine shrimp before they head further south (in the fall) or north (in the spring). 
We also came across some other creatures...


Distant rain


All those black dots are birds

Our first bison!






A deer with a huge rack!



More bison

We went into this shed, which was part of an old farm on the island, and we saw this snake. At first I thought it was fake, but then it moved. Definitely the largest snake I'd ever seen in the wild. 

You can somewhat make out the clouds of brine flies flying away in front of the running boy. we took some footage as well, that I'll try to upload somehow as well.

At the end of the day, we had to return the rental back, and we found a really nice Mexican restaurant where we had an awesome meal with even awesomer (!) guacamole! A good way to end our fantastic vacation!

This is it for Utah, now back to our normal life :)

3 comments:

  1. michiel & dianaAugust 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Seems like you had a very nice vacation. How was it to see a Bison in the wild?

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  2. It was really nice!! Those bisons were pretty impressive for sure. Wish I could take one home ;)
    How are you doing with the little one?

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  3. The little one is doing very well now. Since a start-up issue has been resolved. :-)

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