What a long strange trip it’s been – part six

American reader Andy Kopral bought a 2007 997 Turbo unseen on the Internet and drove it across the USA. In this and other posts, he describes his adventures.

One of the activities we did while I was in Ogden was visit Antelope
Island in the Great Salt Lake, not far from Ogden (you can see Salt Lake City
in the background in one of the photos).

What was fascinating about Antelope Island is the huge (700 or so head) bison herd that lives on the island.
In 1893 two bison were brought to the island to try to revive the animals
who were very close to extinction. In that year there remained a total of
only about 800 bison in North America (and the world, for that matter, since
this species is unique to NA), and now Antelope Island has a herd almost that
size. These animals are completely disease free (and have been since
1893) because they live on this island without any other disease carrying
herds (such as cattle). I think the total bison count in the US is now
something like 300,000 (there were millions of them before they were almost hunted
 to extinction). I could be wrong about these facts, but I think that is
 what I heard the ranger say when we stopped to chat with him.

I eventually had to end the great party and make the last leg of the trip back home to California. So on Friday morning we had another spectacular breakfast at Steve and Kathleen’s house (cheese omelet’s, lots of bacon, hash browns, English muffins, orange juice and coffee). Kathleen wanted to prepare a little “to-go” package that I could take with me and eat in the
car on the long drive back to California (my second longest day at 13
hours), but unfortunately I forgot to grab the “bag-o-bacon” (you had to 
be
 there!) when I left. But I guess the good thing is now my steering wheel 
is
 not covered in bacon grease. I’m kidding, folks!

The drive across Nevada is pretty boring – pretty much high desert with
a 
few desolate towns (Wells, Elko, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain) on the way west to California. One beautiful area I would like to explore is the
 news 
national park, Great Basin National Park outside of Wells). I did manage 
to 
get a photo of the back side (the western side) of the park.

Anyway, 3,192 miles later I arrived home on Friday night.

What a long, strange trip it has been!DSC_3458DSC_3483DSC_3487

Comments (1)

  • Travis

    Andy, I enjoyed reading your six-part article! I made a similar journey two times back in the 90s in a 1990 CRX Si when I joined and then finished my tour in the Air Force. Every American needs to make this trip at least once in their lifetime to really appreciate how truly diverse our country is!

    Congratulations on your 911 Turbo, it is a beauty! I hope you have gotten much enjoyment out of it!