It’s a short drive down the Lincoln Highway from Evanston, WY to Salt Lake City, and what a scenic drive through a gorgeous red canyon it is.
The Lincoln Highway was one of the earliest transcontinental routes for car travel from New Jersey to California, traversing 13 states. Now that would be a real cross section of America, instead of this abbreviated picture I’m presenting here.
Having driven through sparkling, crystal clear landscapes from western most Wyoming, I had big expectations of the sight that would greet us as we broke through the cliffs into the Great Salt Lake flats. But, a dense inversion layer of smog greeted us in Salt Lake City, and instead of mountains, city, and lake landscape, we saw this.
If I have matched up google images correctly with our stop for lunch on the southern shore of the lake, it should have looked something like this.
But the best view of this amazing body of water was still ahead of us at the Bonneville salt flat, where the salt-laden earth has dried into a hardened concrete and land speed records are set (currently 622 mph in a rocket-powered vehicle). Imagine the g-forces the driver of that car withstands as he rockets (literally) down the 10 mile speedway.
The drive through the rest of the salt desert went by quickly, and soon we were greeted by Wendover Will at the Nevada border. My husband claims he always looked forward to seeing cowboy Will greet them on their trips from California to Nebraska in the summer. It’s good to know that some things don’t change over 50-60 years in the west.