Tuesday, September 3, 2002
Our flight left Knoxville at 10:35 a.m. and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, our "Gateway to the West," at 2:10 p.m. Alamo Rent A Car tried to get us to upgrade our cheapo Internet special for an extra $11 per day. Yeah, right. Whatever. They threatened us with a Chevy Geo Metro but wound up giving us a Hyundai, which was perfectly fine. I'm not buying the darn thing, after all; we just want to borrow it for eleven days!
We stopped in Brigham City for lupper (you know, late lunch/early supper) at a flavorless restaurant called Melina's Fine Mexican Food. Northern Utah needs some authentic Mexicans! I embarrassed Tom by adding my own jalapenos I had imported from Tennessee, but the food needed a little pizzazz!
The Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway took us north past the 120-square-mile Bear Lake. The minerals in the water make the lake a striking shade of blue which contrasts nicely with the mountain desert backdrop. It was late in the day when got to the lake, so our pictures are not great.