Since I had been out of town every weekend the month of October, I vowed to stay in town until at least Thanksgiving. I almost made it through the second weekend before my stir craziness got the best of me and I headed out to the island, Stansbury Island.
Stansbury Island is the 2nd largest island in the Great Salt Lake and the object of my total fascination. It is the absolute best place to view the sunset near Salt Lake City. The views stretch out for miles in every direction and it’s hard to tell where the lake ends and the sky begins.
Besides the hum of the nearby magnesium plant, the island is eerily still and when the sky lights up all pink and purple it reflects off the shallow pools of water creating some curious sights.
Dogs love it out there. The unusual smells, the wide open views, and unique terrain have them running in circles. It was almost impossible to get them to stop moving for one second to get a decent shot.
Great Salt Lake “has shrunk from roughly 3,300 square miles in 1988 to less than 950 square miles” the High Country News reported yesterday. I was honestly surprised to see any water out there. Every time I’ve visited, I’ve needed to walk further out to reach the water. Reminds me of my first visit to the Spiral Jetty, completely exposed and raw in contrast to all the photos I had seen of the artwork partially submerged. I’m frightened that Great Salt Lake will become one giant salt flat in very little time.