Rob and I set a goal last fall that we want to visit every state park in Utah before we move out of the state. There are 43 state parks in Utah. No that doesn’t seem like that many, but they are scattered all over the state; some that are in pretty remote places. So… in order to meet our goal it is going to require strategic planning on our part.
Last weekend we decided to take a short day trip out to visit the Great Salt Lake State Marina, near the Saltair. I have lived in Salt Lake for about 7 years now and I had never been out to the Great Salt Lake Marina! My dad had wanted to take my family out to swim at the Great Salt Lake last summer when we vacationed out in Park City, but we didn’t make it to the lake.
I was surprised by how much I learned as I read about the lake and the history of some of the surrounding areas. I had been to the Saltair once for a concert in 2013 and another time with some friends on a long bike ride that began at the Airport, but I had no idea that the Saltair had such rich history and was such a popular hub when it was first built in the early 1890’s. The Saltair is only about 16 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and use to attract people from all over the world; particularly for swimming in the Great Salt Lake. Because of the high salt content, people float like corks on the surface! I think that is rad! The only saltier body of water in the world is the Dead Sea. Rob and I haven’t swam in it together yet, but we will be back to swim for sure.
When we first got out of the car I could smell the salt in the air; reminding me of the Bay Front back home. The water was pretty low. There were a surprising number of tourists poking around. The wind was pretty chilly, especially on the dock. It was a fun Saturday afternoon adventure not too far from home. 6 out of 43 state parks, 37 to go! #utahstateparks