My mom texted me the other weekend and said, “Do you want to have a picnic on the beach?”
So let’s back track. Here are all of the things the majority of Utahns will tell you about the Great Salt Lake:
-Brine shrimp. How can you swim when you’re worried about them getting into your swimsuit?
-The salt burns.
-Mucky dirt and sand.
But hold on. Here’s what they don’t tell you:
-You don’t have to swim because you float. If you bend your knees and lean back, you can float there all day. You don’t even have to get your hair wet.
-It is silent. It’s just you and the water lifting you up.
-The water is so clear. You can’t even see the horizon. The sky and water are one.
-Everything is white.
-The water is warm. So, so warm.
-Birds of all kind fly past you.
Here’s how to “do” The Great Salt Lake the right way.
1. Go in late summer/early fall.
The bugs are gone and the water is still warm!
2. Bring bug spray.
You won’t have the major bug issue, but mosquitos will still get you during sunset.
3. Ignore the shrimp.
Take five bigs steps into the water and the shrimpies will be gone. They hang out where the waves take them and that’s on the shore.
4. …And the smell.
Haha! The point is, once you’re in the water, you can’t smell anything (because then you’re smelly…) And once you’re in the water, you’re not going to be thinking about anything except that you are floating. Floating!
5. Bring extra clothes.
Because of all of the salt and good ol’ lakey stuff, it’s a good idea to bring extra clothes to change out of soon after. Unfortunately it’s not like Hawaii, where you can get out and wear your swimsuit all day.
The Great Salt Lake is SALTY. If you have any cuts on you, you might feel them burn a little bit, so don’t get that water in your eyes. Once you’re ready to float, just bring your legs up and lean back a little and your head will stay dry.
7. Pick up your feet and float!
It’s not a sandy floor at the bottom of the lake–kind of goopy, :). So pick up your legs whenever you’re ready to float and the floor won’t bother you.
Nothing is better than a sunset on water.
9. Check out the bison!
Go to antelope island where a herd of bison has been hanging out since the late 1800s. There are tons of other animals like antelope (duh), bighorn sheep, foxes, and more.
10. Take your bikes.
The water is beautiful, but also the landscape. You can bike around the whole island. Again, this is a good time for early spring or late fall so the big bugs don’t get you!
It is so worth it. I can’t believe I spent 21 years of my life without it. The best thing about swimming in the lake is that you don’t realize how beautiful it is until you’re in it. I couldn’t capture the moment for you, so do it yourself and tell me all about it.
Thanks for taking me, Mom!
For more of the Great Salt Lake, check out my winter sunset post.
Have you been to the Great Salt Lake? What was your experience?
What are your favorite local places in your towns? I’d love to hear!