Saturday, November 13, 2010

Antelope Island

For the past few years I have camped at Antelope Island in the Fall.  It truly is an ideal time to camp there as the bugs can be overwhelming in the warmer months.  If you have any doubts just ask me about the time I got over 500 mosquito bites.  Yes, I am serious about the count!


There are two spots to camp at.  The first is Bridger Bay Campground and is great if you are camping with an RV or with a small group.  If you are coming with a group the White Rock Bay group areas are better and will cost you less.  You can reserve most of the camping spots before going out.  Be sure you make it on the causeway before the gates close or you will be locked out.  For more information click here.

The sunsets can be spectacular from Antelope Island.  I usually have a good camera with me on my camping trips but didn't bring it this time and I am kicking myself for that.  As you will see below we had some amazing photo opportunities.  Luckily I at least had my phone with me!

We were few in number but it was still a successful campout.  When we reached the edge of the Great Salt Lake there were mosquitoes everywhere.  We were a little nervous that they were going to eat us alive but were pleasantly surprised that once out on the Island there weren't any in sight. 

As we approached our camping area we saw some bison hanging around.  I tried to get a picture with my phone.  
It was a little cold but we quickly built a wind break using some tarps, poles and one of the picnic tables.
Soon the campsite was filled with the smell some great hamburgers.  They were filled with cheese and I think bacon.  I can't remember for sure but they tasted good. 

While we were hanging around we noticed the sunset was starting and the view was amazing.  I was sad I had decided to leave my nice camera at home and only had my phone to take pictures with.  Oh, well below are some of the better shots.

In the morning it was cloudy and a little wet but we didn't really get much rain.  

There was a little drizzle during the night but nothing too bad.  It got down in the 30's that night but never below freezing.  In the morning we hung out around the fire until we decided it was time to head out.  Another year's tradition accomplished with camping at Antelope Island.

Family Pictures

Lesa wanted to get some family pictures.  We thought we would give it a try with the camera on a tripod and using the timer feature.  We drove up 29th street, walked about 50 feet from the parking lot and found a bright yellow tree.  We setup the tripod, camera, kids and started the timer.  We told the boys to look at the camera and  What are the chances that the first try would work out so well?

Since we had a little extra time we tried to get a few more and here are some of the better ones: