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Bonneville Salt Flats, UT   06/30/08 (Day 626)
Where No Tent Dares To Go

Don’t get us wrong. We’ve pitched a tent in plenty of places from the Himalayas to Baja. But when we arrive at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats we practically kiss our Airstream.

Bonneville Salt Flats Airstream
You wouldn’t dare pitch a tent on this sea of salt, but our Airstream is
right at home on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

A sea of white salt that hosts world-famous land speed trials (go rent the movie The Fastest Indian), the flats are open to overnighters free of charge with only one catch: you literally have to set up camp on the salt, something that simply wouldn’t be possible in a tent. Us? We just tow our Safari SE out onto the flats until we feel sufficiently in the middle of nowhere, put it in park and call it home. Flexibility like that is probably our favorite thing about having the Airstream.

Bonneville Salt Flats Airstream
The flexibility to call places like the Bonneville Salt Flats home is one
of the best things about our Airstream. So far.

Surrounded by white, it looks like we’re on snow (though the 100 degree heat reminds us otherwise) and the damp, sticky salt even kicks up off the tires like snow leaving splatters of the stuff everywhere. The place is totally silent and totally black and white: white for the salt and black for the color of the surrounding hills. However, as darkness falls, we’re startled by a popping noise breaking the silence and when we look out the window of our Safari we see fireworks shooting off above nearby Wendover. Just one more surreal sight in a totally surreal place.

Bonneville Salt Flats
Exploring the vast whiteness of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

We’ve been on quite a whirlwind schedule lately, so our next stop will be a relaxing four day break at one of our favorite music festivals, the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California where we’ll meet up with some friends who are already looking forward to getting to know the newest member of the Trans-Americas Journey team!


** This isn't a normal photo gallery with a slideshow because this post originally appeared on our Airstream blog. **

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