It is about a two hour drive from Ogden to Bear Lake, but the time passes quickly because of the lovely scenery along the way. Logan, which is probably about halfway between Ogden and Bear Lake time wise is a lovely town. We were tickled to find that instead of the horses that are visible on every corner in downtown Ogden, there were Bulls!
But, I digress, breakfast was actually on the way home this morning after having spent a wonderful day on the most beautiful lake I have every laid eyes on.
Bear Lake is at the top of Utah, and one side is in Utah and the other is in Idaho. They tell us that the most beautiful beaches are on the Idaho side, but we were out to rent a boat and enjoy that gorgeous turquoise water, so we planned our stay on the Utah side of the lake. This lake is absolutely enormous, and the most beautiful color of teal that you have ever seen.
Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake which sits on the Utah-Idaho border. The second largest freshwater lake in Utah, Bear Lake has been called the "Caribbean" of the Rockies because of it's beautiful teal color which is caused by the reflection of limestone deposits suspended in the water. Because of its unique properties, several unique special of fauna occur only within Bear Lake. The lake is actually over 250,000 years old and was formed by fault subsidence that continues today, slowly deepening the lake along the eastern side.
The first known inhabitants of the Valley were Shoshone tribesmen, but the area was well known to many Native Americans. The first recorded sighting of the lake comes from
1818 when French-Canadian trappers who worked for the North West Company followed the Bear River upstream to the valley. Can you just imagine what they though when they saw this HUGE expanse of crystal clear teal water!? I can't.
There are actually four species of fish in the lake which are found nowhere else in the world!
The lake has an area of approximately 109 square miles (282 km²) and sits at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 m) along the northeast side of the Wasatch Range and the east side of the Bear River Mountains.
We stopped as we entered from the Utah side at a beautiful information center where Melanie caught these beautiful pictures of hummingbirds enjoying the area also.
We proceeded down the mountainside to a little town on the shore known as Garden City (which was founded by the Mormons in 1863). There we stopped to refresh ourselves with one of the "don't miss it" fantastic fresh raspberry milkshakes.
They aren't kidding...these are the best tasting things...and I thought I didn't like raspberries! OMG was I wrong on so many counts...fresh raspberries here are sooooooo delicious and the shakes..indescribably delicious (and huge by the way)!
Then we all piled back in the vehicle and began to hunt for a place to rent a power boat for some fun on the lake. While Aaron searched for the boat, I got on the phone to line up a place for us to stay for the night. I booked a cabin for each of us at a place called Bear Lake Country Cabins...more on that later.
But off we went. We were towed to some red buoys where Kevin jumped into the water and pushed us beyond the buoys to start the engine...and off we went for one of the most fun days I have ever enjoyed. The weather was amazing and the water like none I have ever seen in a lake.
As you can see, from the pictures, a great time was had by all, and we managed to take time to see the entire length of the lake before our four hours were over. We had such a marvelous day! Aaron was the official driver for the day (he had just been freshly tatooed and was not allowed in the water), so next time Granma will be the driver so he can have a turn being laughed at on the tube!
Here's Ash with little "Cupcake"....
She was a good sport though and still wanted to continue riding.
Our cruise down the lake at full speed took a lot less time than we thought it would. Farms alongside the lake were beautiful, and I can imagine that a lot of the fresh water from the lake is used to irrigate.
We cleaned ourselves up a bit and headed out for dinner. We found yet another amazing place to eat back in Garden City! It was called Cafe Sabor! Oh my, this is some of the best Mexican Food I have ever eaten. We had the dogs along, and it was perfect because they have outdoor patio seating where we could put them under the table while we ate. There was Guacamole (chunky the way I love it) and delicious Shrimp Ceviche to start, then we all ordered entrees...each of which was as good as the rest! Another place which will merit another visit!
Okay, bellies full now, we are heading for Bear Lake Country Cabins ($95 double/$85 single queen)..reasonable if not downright cheap!
They were soooo cute. Just 10 little log cabins tucked along the highway across from the Lake. No air conditioning, but who needs it when the temp falls to 60's at night. Very comfortable and clean. Definitely fun and family friendly. There is a tiny fridge and microwave, TV (and you can get a bunch of channels) and outside porch. There is a grill available for use if you feel like cooking.
We were all pretty tuckered out after this adventurous day and opened the windows, turned on the fans and hunkered down in our little cabins on the lake for the night.
Morning would surely bring more adventures.
After our night of rest, we all awoke early and hungry. Just a note here...there doesn't seem to be a good place to find breakfast in the immediate area! So we all decided to head back toward Logan, an hour away, for our breakfast. Turned out to be a good decision as I previous said, as Herm's is a wonderful place for breakfast. We spotted this little family on our way back from Bear Lake....awwwwww
I looked it up to make sure, but they are Mule Deer. Man, they do have some mule-like ears. Beautiful animals.
Mule deer hunting is quite the thing out here, but I am more of the mule deer watching kinda girl! Lovely.
Well. that's all for now folks! But,
PEACE - LOVE & JOY,