This past weekend we headed north to Honeyville, Utah for a few days of group camping at Crystal Hot Springs. I had never been to the hot springs there, but have heard a lot of good things about it for the last year. While I didn’t get any photos of the place, other than our camp site, I had a great time soaking in the 100 degree mineral baths and taking a few turns on there really fast water slides!
Other than a little bit of rain throughout the night Friday (our Eureka 6 tent didn’t let us down, so nice!) and being woke up at 6:30am on Saturday morning by some clueless kooks, the campground was pretty nice. I would definitely camp there again.
We arrived Friday evening during a break in the rain, and immediately set up camp. After eating a yummy pizza for dinner, we did some soaking in the 100 degree pool. On our way back to camp it started to sprinkle, then full on rain. It was really nice listening to the rain all night, even though I didn’t sleep very well. Oh well, we were dry and warm, that’s all that mattered. The next day, the weather was beautiful, woohoo!
The plan for Saturday was to grab some lunch at Golden Spike Burgers in Corrinne, before heading out to the Spiral Jetty. So since it rained all night Friday, we drove south to Brigham City and dried our bathing suits at a Laundromat there. Afterwards we headed over to the restaurant for lunch. It was yummy! The entire un-schooling group met up there and had a great lunch. With a full tummy, we all caravanned out to the Spiral Jetty, along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. The road was about 12 miles of graded, unpaved road. It made for an interesting drive, but super fun. The Promontory Mountains looked really nice in the mid day sun.
The caravan even ran into a pod of horses along the way, pretty cool. As the horses passed, we turned one more corner and came upon the Spiral Jetty. This art piece built in the 1970’s is pretty neat. Since the lake is so low, there is no shore line even close to the Jetty, but since it rained the night before, the jetty’s inner spiral was full of water.
My first trip to the Great Salt Lake a few years ago wasn’t that great. It was the middle of summer at the southern end near Salt Lake City, it stunk, everything was dead and there were millions of bugs. This visit though, 180 degrees opposite! The scale of the lake from here was beyond huge. There was no smell of decay, no bugs whatsoever, and the weather was perfect. I felt like a tiny spec of nothing while standing at the shore, listening to the water trickle in. Pretty fucking amazing place in my opinion.
I think the entire group of us were pretty taken back by the place. So peaceful and quiet, only an hour from home.
Jenn had set her alarm, and it was time to head back across the unpaved road, back to the Golden Spike Historic Site. I have been wanting to check this out for some time. We had a small teaser view of it on the way to Spiral Jetty, but now was the real deal.
So, the Golden Spike Historic Site is where the first transcontinental railroad across the United States was completed in 1869. That famous photo where the two trains met head on, with tons of people all around and on top of the trains was taken here. There’s a really nice visitor’s center and museum. The real sight of course are the replica steam engines that they bring out and park in their exact spots, recreating that historic moment in time.
I’m no railroad buff, but I do like trains, so this was such a treat to see in person. The park rangers and staff do a pretty great job here.
Inside the visitor center they have a ton of stuff to look at and read about, also a short film about that time in history.
After almost closing the place and happy with the day, we headed back to the camp site at Crystal Hot Springs. We attempted to cook hot dogs over a camp fire, but with soggy logs from the rain, our wieners didn’t cook too well, but we powered them down with some cans of Pabst, LOL…
We spent the rest of the night soaking in the warm mineral pools, riding the water slides and floating into oblivion. I never slept so good in a tent before! We all conked out but good, nice and snug in our sweet new modern sleeping bags.
The next morning we woke up, broke down camp and hit the road home. What a great weekend camping trip. Still one more to go before winter arrives. Goblin Valley here we come!