I recently picked up Dale Morgan’s The Great Salt Lake at a used bookstore and delved right in. I enjoyed his initial description of Great Salt Lake as moody and raw and intolerant.
Great Salt Lake is an ironical joke of nature-water that is itself more desert than desert. Moody and withdrawn, the lake unites a haunting loveliness to a raw desolateness. Not many have achieved a sense of intimacy with it. It is intolerant of men and reluctant to their uses.
The Great Salt Lake may be intolerant of men, but it certainly embraces little Kangaroo dog. I would guess Roo has seen more of Great Salt Lake than most native Utahns. We’ve explored Stansbury Island, the Spiral Jetty, and the Sun Tunnels along with Antelope Island pictured below.
Roo loves the lake! He loves the smells, the mud, the salt, the inch deep water, the views stretching miles and miles in every direction, and all the absolute nothingness that allows him to run wild and free and well those are the reasons I love it too.
I always find myself out at the lake in February and March of each year. Spring always seems to come earlier out there and by February I’ve gone a little stir crazy and the lake offers some guaranteed solitude.