Winter wildlife spotting

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When some friends visited over thanksgiving they were keen to visit the salty lake that this city is named after. We had driven near it and visited the salt flats but hadn’t yet dipped our toes in the salty water. Mostly because its actually quite hard to get to and it is receding, so from this side there is a lot of squishy mud in the way before you can get to any water.

One of the best places to see the lake is either along the I80 near the old pier Saltair – which is quite busy traffic wise and has ok views, or antelope island. On the north side of the island are a few beaches, although there is still some mud to wade through to reach the water, so this is best done in spring/early summer. Late summer the lake starts to smell!

Antelope Island is however fun to visit, we went in the summer and climbed to the top where there are great views, this would be a fun weekend trip if you wanted to camp or enjoy walking. In winter we drove around the island and spotted lots of wildlife. We saw Bison, a fox, coyotes, deer and antelope. We also enjoyed seeing the mountains and the sunset before heading back for pizza at the pizza pie :-)

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Touring Salt lake City

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Kiwi and I have spent quite a lot of time recently exploring the wider gems of our state, but we have found a little bit of time to see some of the sights of the city as well. Our new home certainly is a pretty one, and we appreciate the abundance of ‘sidewalks’, trees and public transport. The city is very green, and we have taken a few rips around the surrounding canyons when we want to ‘escape’ the city. Salt lake is in general a small city, with everything you could need contained in a small area.

Some of the things I’ve found out since moving here are that its home to the worlds first KFC! – Not that I’m a fan, but still. Its home to the ‘Utes’ football team, which is a stones-throw away from our house. I think I’ll be supporting ND though, I mean they have gold shiny helmets!

We’ve already found so far that there are many local breweries, bars and great places to eat, as well as great music, outdoor theatre and a lively community. We were keen to visit some of the local parks and enjoy the outdoor spaces, sadly neither of them have massive lakes, but cute little boating lakes. My favourite so far is liberty park, followed by sugar house park.

One of the main buildings in SLC is the public library. I’ve never known of a famous library but having visited I can now see why. The building is stunning, lots of arcs and glass making cosy spaces to work for the afternoon and so so many books. My favourite sport was the secluded little rooftop garden which gives a good view of the city and a great sunny spot.

I’ve not yet been inside but I’m looking forward to exploring the state capitol building its an exact copy of the White house only smaller, and sitting on top of a large hill over looking the main centre it looks impressive.

We have also visited temple square and wandered around the pretty gardens, to get a really good view we had a mini tour around the convention centre where they have impressive glass ceilings and a huge rooftop garden giving a lovely view of the temple.

The other great thing, we haven’t yet had chance to sample some of the many pop up food vans which are meant to be delicious, but we will.

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