Walkabout Update 4 Great Salt Lake Area, Utah

It really helps, alot.

I made my way to the Great Salt Lake area of Utah. The campgrounds I stayed at was The North Willow Campgrounds just outside of Tooele.

For the most part the surrounding area was pretty desolate, very desert like and full of sage brush. I was beginning to worry that I’d be camping in the hot sun with no shade or water.

Luckily the campground is nestled at the base of a hill with a creek. There were plenty of trees and shade. I was able to get a pretty decent campsite. It’s a good thing I got here early because the whole place got full of campers, mostly OHV enthusiasts.

I made camp, gathered some firewood and played my guitar for a bit.

The next day I drove to see The Great Salt Lake of Utah. I was pretty excited, I thought that the salt lake would be a pretty cool thing. It wasn’t really, just more desolate and stinky. The lake itself is definitely interesting as it has 12% salinity whereas the oceans have only 3%. It’s so salty that nothing lives in it except brine shrimp, bacteria and brine flies on it’s shoreline.

I thought it would be cool to float myself in all that salinity but it was a bit too gross so I just stood in the water for a bit. Now I can say that I’ve been in the Great Salt Lake.

On Sunday evening I recorded another rant video and decided to go into town to get some supplies.

On my way out I was met with what I call an unconstitutional checkpoint. The local police force had set up at the camp area’s entrance and was stopping every vehicle leaving to ask for everyone’s papers.

I was stopped by officer Hinton a nice enough fellow who was only following orders. Because I could not provide him with proof of insurance he was kind enough to give me a citation. I really wanted to give them a hard time regarding the unconstitutionality of the stop. Say things like “Am I under arrest, no? Then have a nice day” and leave but the last thing I need to do is spend time in Utah jail. So I politely took the ticket and went on to the store.

On my way back I did give officer Hinton a card with this website on it. Maybe he’s reading this now. If so I’d like to recommend a book to him “Ordinary Men” by Christopher R. Browning

After the fiasco with Tooele’s finest, and since most all the campers had left. I decided to hookup my laptop to my car, set up a mic and I sang a good 5 or 6 karaoke songs. That made things better. Too bad it was dark and I didn’t get any pictures.

I don’t really have a lot to say about this place. It’s nice enough but I don’t think I’ll be coming back.

So now I’m on my way to Las Vegas, Nevada. I very much am looking forward to a nice hot shower.

As always I could really use some monetary support especially now that I have to pay the State of Utah.

I like money 🙂

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All Walkabout Posts, in order
I’m Going on a Sabbatical
The Journey Begins
Intro to Paul Wheaton and his Permaculture Properties
Walkabout Update 2 Wheaton Permaculture
Walkabout Update 3 Wolf Flats Idaho
Walkabout Update 4 Great Salt Lake Area, Utah
Walkabout Update 5 Vegas and Fiddletown CA
Walkabout Update 6 Off Grid Living
Walkabout Update 7 Lots of Rain and a Deer Fence

Walkabout Update 3 Wolf Flats Idaho

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Dateline: Wolf Flats Area outside of Idaho Falls

I left Paul Wheaton‘s place in Montana on Monday 9/20/21 and made my way towards the Idaho falls area.

My goal is to get to Big Bear Lake CA. I didn’t want to drive more than 5-6 hrs per day so I decided to find campsites along the way.

Before I left I used ioverlander.com to scout out a good spot. I stumbled on this campsite at Wolf Flats. It looked very promising.

As I made my way out of Montana, which was getting pretty rainy I decided to buy new windshield wiper blades and wow what a difference that made. I also picked up a water filtration thingamajigger. I knew that I would be heading into some desert like territory and having clean water might be an issue.

I also noticed that Montana’s rest stops are WAY better than Washington’s. (except for the one with the jailhouse toilet) And yes, those are completely private stalls in the picture.

Montana rest areas, better than WA. Except for the jailhouse toilet

When I arrived I was completely surprised that the campsite was even better than ioverlander said. This area is awesome, right on the Snake river. Lush vegetation all over. A beautiful cliff (escarpment?) nearby. Sunsets and sunrises painting the area in wonderful colors that I wish my camera could capture.

I love this area near the river. Outside the river area it’s your typical sage brush dessert, which kinda sucks. But near the river, it’s like a whole new world. If I could buy property here I definitely would.

First impressions of my Wolf Flats campsite

First thing I did in the morning (after the usual hygienic rituals) was to drive about and raid all the empty campsites of unused firewood. I gathered plenty of wood for the next 3 days. I ended up leaving quite a bit for the next campers.

Someone painted a rock. The river view from campsite. I did a bit of laundry in the river. Fruits of my firewood scrounging.

I tried fishing for a bit, thank God that I’m not depending on fish for food ’cause for some reason I cannot catch fish in a barrel. My dad, by brother Alex and my son Cody are all great fishermen, but for some reason I never was able to figure it out, but I’ll keep trying ’cause I love me some fish to eat 🙂

I had a visitor. More views from the campsite of the Snake River (looks like I included one twice, oops)

During my stay, the moon was full and lit up the area quite nicely. It was beautiful. I wish I had a real camera that could capture what it really looked like.

Full moon, it was so bright that it almost kept me awake. I could almost read in the tent.
My campfire

While I stayed here I finished recording my Intro to Bitcoin podcast and shot a bit of a rant in the woods video, inspired by Luke Smith.

Hotlinks, eggs and cheese. A very hearty breakfast.

I went into town to find some internet and got extremely frustrated with both Walmart and Starbucks wifi as they don’t seem to want to play nicely with Linux laptops. What ended up working really well for me was going to the library (duh). They had great wifi which allowed me to plan the next leg of my journey.

I want to make it to Big Bear CA to visit with some friends that I haven’t seen in about 20 years. I noticed that Las vegas was right in my path. I didn’t think that there would be any good campsites around or near Vegas (maybe I’m wrong). So I decided to find a spot in Utah to stay for a bit then I’d get a hotel in Vegas before finally making my way to Big Bear.

The idea of getting a hotel in vegas was very appealing to me as I would be able to take a nice hot shower. So far hygene hasn’t been much of an issue as my campsite is right on the Snake river and private enough that I can bathe without scaring anyone, but even though the days are warm the river is cold.

Signs for my Uncle Randy

I found a promising campsite on ioverlander.com again, near Utah’s Great Salt Lake (I’m definitely ).

Soon I will write all about my Great Salt Lake adventure….

PS,

What I’ve learned so far:

I may have over packed a bit. I probably didn’t need to bring 4 laptops, 3 external hard drives, 3 keyboards, a myriad of cables, an electric guitar and about 50 lbs of canned foods. On the other hand, bringing my Merge VR Headset has been awesome for watching movies in my tent. I just stick my phone in it and It’s almost like being in a theater.

Oh, and I should’ve brought a Hatchet but my ex-wife wouldn’t let me. I would’ve brought a Chainsaw but my daughter wouldn’t let me. (only a few people will get that joke) 🙂

I also wrote a page describing how you can help to support me on my travels, click here.

Special Thank You to my brother Miles who sent me $500 via Paypal! – See the Thank You Page

If you want to help support me on my travels you may send me some moolah via Paypal
I’m not working at a jobby job right now, so anything helps. Thank you.


All Walkabout Posts, in order
I’m Going on a Sabbatical
The Journey Begins
Intro to Paul Wheaton and his Permaculture Properties
Walkabout Update 2 Wheaton Permaculture
Walkabout Update 3 Wolf Flats Idaho
Walkabout Update 4 Great Salt Lake Area, Utah
Walkabout Update 5 Vegas and Fiddletown CA
Walkabout Update 6 Off Grid Living
Walkabout Update 7 Lots of Rain and a Deer Fence