Day 7 - Provo, UT - Elko, NV

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August 12th 2011
Published: August 15th 2011
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Day 7

Had a great night sleep last night. Theo and I actually got to share a king size bed. It was luxury. We left early and headed north to Salt Lake for a view of the Mormon Temple and then headed east towards Elko, Nevada. Once we came into Salt Lake it was very smoggy and they had signs posted about poor air quality. It was awful; you couldn’t see the mountains at all. We are now headed across the salt flats and were able to see the Great Salt Lake. It was very beautiful but hard to see with all the smog. We made a quick stop in Wendover Nevada home of the base that housed the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was the historical plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. The U.S. did not have an airbase for bomb practice so the airbase in Wendover became the facility. It is a very important part of history and the base has been completely run down. They are in the process of restoring it and they are now working on the hangar that housed the Enola Gay. We happened to roll through Wendover a day before the Bonneville
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I was trying to get a photo of the Mormon Temple
Salt Flats races. We saw all kinds of cars that are coming out for the races. There is salt everywhere! Anything that goes out onto the flats comes back caked with salt, and I mean caked! Theo and I decided we are going to come back to Wendover and go out to the salt flats and watch the races and stay at one of the casinos. We really like it here. Next stop Elko Nevada. I used to live in Carlin which is about 30 minutes west of Elko. I love the desert and miss it terribly at times. We have been in 90 plus degree heat, so coming home we are going to be freezing (what is new for me)!

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