We got a good nights rest, but woke to a few black clouds in the area and threats of possible small thunderstorms. We kept our fingers crossed for brighter skies down the road. The temperature was in the low 70's and traffic was fairly light as we made our way east on I-80. The Bonneville Salt Flats were off to our left and we were intrigued by the few patches of water & the much larger mirages of a big lake. We noticed one poor soul buried in the muck & it looked like a few folks had stopped to try & help. Whew, glad that's not us!
We made it through Salt Lake City with very light traffic and continued east on I-80, crossing the Wyoming state line, arriving in Green River about 6:50pm. We were pushing on early the next day so we parked behind a Sinclair Station in a dirt lot with a few other truckers and quickly sent up the satellite. Tonight, 7pm mountain time was the season finale of Army Wives & we really wanted to get the DVR going! We got it locked on at 7:02pm, not bad, lol! We set up just a bit, fed Onyx and walked a few hundred yards to Penny's Diner for dinner. My meal was very good, Larry's not so much. It was nice to eat out though as we were both pretty tired this evening.
From what we briefly saw, Green River is a quaint, pretty little town. It was incorporated in 1868 in what was then the Dakota Territory. The city was the starting point from which John Wesley Powell started his famous expeditions of the Green River, the Colorado River, and the Grand Canyon in the late 1800s. Every year Green River hosts Flaming Gorge Days. The festival features concerts, 3 on 3 basketball, Red Desert Road Runner 5K race, Festival in the Park, among other activities. This year it falls on June 23-25th, just 11 days from now. Sawyer Brown is one of the bands performing this year, so if you are in the area you might want to stop by!
Even though we won't be here but a day, we plan to take the 91 mile Flaming Gorge loop in the morning. It was raining when we were here last & we only saw a part of the loop, so we're really looking forward to driving it again. Hope it's a nice day & we get some great photos!
P.S. I am going to split today's pics into two posts as there are too many of them. Today's include Utah, tomorrow will be Wyoming border to Green River.