Great Salt Lake
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More Than Just Sea Monkeys and Birds
The Great Salt Lake doesn't support any aquatic life, save some brine shrimp (yes, sea monkeys) and the birds that feed on them. Despite the desolation it is a beautiful place, however. My friends and I headed out to Antelope Island for a hike and covered about nine miles round-trip, heading up to Elephant Head for an amazing view of the Lake and surrounding area. I took this shot on our return hike. We saw a number of interesting birds, a coyote, deer (the coyote was stalking the deer, actually), and some very domesticated-seeming buffalo on our hike. We encountered several mountain bikers, and a equestrian endurance competition under way at the beginning of our hike. If given the opportunity, I'd ride a mountain bike or horses there next time (though there doesn't appear to be an outfitter for riding there, so it would be BYOH). It's very important to wear insect repellent, long sleeves, and a hat on this hike; the gnats are merciless, especially at dusk (I'm not kidding--I had welts on my face for a few hours). The site warns that sprays are largely ineffective, however, especially in the spring, which is when I took this photo.
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