|Day 11 - Salt Lake City, UT
||[Aug. 17th, 2004|10:00 pm]
Trip Odometer: 3299 mi|
Short entry today, since it was pretty boring mostly.
It did actually rain a small amount last night, so we had to dry out the tent pretty well since it’d be packed for about a day and a half.
After leaving Craters of the Moon we passed by Arco, ID (the first “major” town) and EBR-1, the first city to be lit by atomic energy and the reactor that did it, respectively. Pretty amusing historical point out in the middle of nowhere.
Today we saw the first rain in a long time which helped wash off some of the bugs (but nowhere near all) that had been accumulating on the front of the car (including some huge ones stuck in the radiator). It did very little, however, for the dirt that has been covering the sides of the car (apparently in the northwest “road work” means “we ripped out the road, and went for a 6 month coffee break, in the meantime, enjoy this dust and gravel”). Today also marked the first interstate since before Yellowstone, which I was thankful for.
We checked into a hotel and got internet access and a shower (not necessarily in that order, of course). duckmonster packed up her bags from where stuff had gotten scattered in the car and I did laundry. Otherwise, we mostly sat around until just before 6, when we headed to the airport (about 10 minutes out of downtown!). At the airport we waited for krchicken’s flight to arrive (it was delayed), and got duckmonster checked in. After krchicken arrived we talked for a while in the airport chairs until duckmonster had to leave.
Then, back to the hotel via a Mexican fast food place (not Taco Bell -- way better) and to bed.