The plan originally was to drive from Elko, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah without stopping, but that’s until I saw photos of Bonneville Salt Flats on Heidi’s blog. I needed to go there.
Prior to researching for this trip, I’d never even heard of Bonneville before; I’m not big on racing—have never actually seen a race outside of the Macau Grand Prix (and as my sister is dating the grandson of a NASCAR legend, I might get excommunicated by his family for admitting that publicly)—so I knew nothing of those famed high-speed races that take place on the salt flats each year.
Sadly, as you can tell, when we arrived amid all the rain, the flats looked more like a gross, muddy lake, rather than some beauty to behold. In fact, it was so cold and raining sideways, which prompted us to stay in the car for most of the time as we drove to the end of the turn-off, hoping for better views.
Still…nothing. Salt flats? Where? This was hardly the fairy-tale like setting I had seen in pictures. All that lay before me was barren wasteland. I was starting to think Heidi was a master at Photoshop and created those effects in her photos, post-processing!
I was bummed, as I wanted to create my own Bolivia-like pictures—you know the kind: SVV holding a smaller me, me holding a smaller Ella. (Yes, I’m a walking cliche.) The good news is that as we got back on I-80 and drove east toward Salt Lake, the sun began to peek out from behind the smoky, gray clouds, reflecting the sky off the ground in the process.
There was nowhere really to get off and take some pictures, so we’d pull the trailer over onto the shoulder at random and do a little “drive-by shooting” without even getting out of the car.
Even the median between the interstate offered some nice mirror views!
Moral of this story: If you go to Bonneville like we did and don’t get great views, keep your eyes peeled—and your camera handy—while driving (er, don’t shoot and drive, of course), as you just might wind up getting your picture anyway. You may walk away with dozens of reflections of clouds, as we did, but at least then you won’t feel totally ripped off.