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A busy day in Utah

Tremonton, United States

I started the day at the Wendover Aviation Museum. This is a very small understated museum considering the important part this airfield played in bringing WWII to it's end. This Airfield was used both to train the crew of the Enola Gay as well as develop and test the necessary modifications to the B-29 and the "Little Boy" Atomic Bomb. There really isn't much to see here. The museum owns the original 5 buildings on the airfield, but only the operations building is used as the museum. They only have one airplane on display, a C-54 similar to the cargo plane used to transport parts of the bomb to the Enola Gay for her mission. The plane is in bad shape and needs a lot of work.

The Bonneville Salt Flats. Home of the Bonneville International Raceway. I drove to the race area and at first was lucky that a private event was scheduled for today, I had a good chance of seeing someone run their car rather than just see a big empty lake bed. Ten minuets after I got there they locked down the area to clear the track for a run. Five minuets later he took off, then I saw a puff of smoke, He blew the engine right off the line. Two minuets later we heard the bang. It was going to be at least an hour before anyone else was ready to make a run. I could have driven out to the pit area but I just wasn't comfortable driving a rented 2012 Escalade out on the Salt Flats. So on to my next stop.

You know I love a good henge. The last place I would expect to find one is in the middle of the Mormon capital of the world. Of course the Stonehenge skilled nursing and rehabilitation center needed a lawn ornament, so why not.

While I was driving north on I-15 to my next stop I saw the Hill Air force Base Aerospace Museum. I couldn't resist. I only had an hour and a quarter before they closed and literally lock the gates. So I had to move fast. I was able to find several planes in their collection that made this worth the stop. A B-17G, a B-29, a B-52G and a C-130B.

Then back on the road. Time was running low. Maybe it's just me, but I don't recall seeing any public shooting grounds in NY.

I finally made it to the Golden Spike Historic Site at 5:08pm. They close at 5:00. I'm staying in a hotel about 20 miles north of the site. Will I try again tomorrow? I don't know. That will take up most of my morning. I don't know if I can afford the time. From what I have read I'm not sure it is even worth it. The actual golden spike isn't here (it's at Stanford University). The two trains that met here aren’t here (they were sold for scrap) The trains here are imposters. This isn't actually the spot were the railroads met (that's in Colorado) this is just the spot were they held the ceremony. So maybe I saw all I needed to see. Maybe it's best to just keep heading north.

permalink written by  Kugs on the road on September 19, 2011 from Tremonton, United States
from the travel blog: Pacific NW 2011
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