|Beautiful Bear Lake, the Caribbean of the Rockies, on a hazy day.|
I'm in Logan, Utah, home of Utah State University, where my brother's now a graduate student (applied environmental geosciences). I'm visiting for a few days, seeing some new sights.
I did sell my Aliner, and now I'm carefree, nothing tagging along on my bumper, but also no handy place to sleep. My brother's couch will suffice for now, but I'm now searching for a new rig.
Yesterday, we drove up through scenic Logan Canyon on over the hill to Bear Lake. Logan Canyon is rimmed with limestone and dolomite, reminding me a lot of Glenwood Canyon over in Colorado. We stopped and went fossiking, finding some trace fossils (tracks) but nothing of great interest. We were hoping for brachiopods, but no such luck.
|The west side of the lake is very marshy, a refuge for water fowl. All the good beaches are on the east side, which is hard to get to.|
So, we focused on looking for bears instead. We saw lots of carved bears and signs about bears, but no real ones. We were in Idaho for a few minutes, as Bear Lake straddles the Utah-Idaho border.
Bear Lake was the site of numerous mountain man rendezvous featuring Jim Bridger and various outlaws like Butch Cassidy and Elza Lay. It's called the Caribbean of the Rockies because of its beautiful tourquoise color, which is caused by its shallowness, as well as limestone particles suspended in the water. My first reaction upon seeing it was that I must have gotten lost and be in Canada, as the lakes there have these same beautiful blue and green colors from suspended glacial till. Bear Lake is pretty big, at 20 miles long.
Anyway, we didn't stay long and wandered back the 40 miles over the hill to Logan, which is actually a pretty cool university town. It's been awhile since I lived in a college town, and they have their charms (great restaurants) and irritations (traffic), but are never boring.
Being allergic to cities, I'll soon be off to other places, though no idea if they'll be south or north of here. Will keep you posted, and if you ever get a chance to see Bear Lake, it's worth the drive (well, unless you're in Europe or Africa or something, then I'd say just go to the real Caribbean instead, though it's probably pricier).