The first weekend adventure was a day trip that took place out to Antelope Island.
Antelope Island is located in West Davis County, Utah out over the causeway to the island surrounded by The Great Salt Lake.
We live about 70+ miles from the location. We stopped at the gas station, gathered up some road snacks and headed north.
We have never been to Antelope Island so we had no idea what to expect.
We stopped at the entrance, paid our $10.00 to enter the state park, gathered our maps and information pamphlets on all that there is to see on the island and headed across the causeway. (It was a cool drive out to the island.)
WE ARE SHARING OUR 3 FAVORITE THINGS AND RANKING OUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE!! (this is based on this specific experience only and is on a scale from 1 to 10)
1. We saw animals right away! If you have little kids then you know that keeping them interested when 90% of your trip will be in the car is VERY important to the success of the trip! Right after we left the gift shop we saw buffalo and VERY close. We were able to park, get out and take pictures. The kids loved it and obvi so did my husband.
2. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! Despite the fact that it literally is just dry desert land covered in nothing but sage brush and bugs it was beautiful! There were tons and tons of places to stop and take pictures, take small hikes and stop at scenic over looks!
3. The Island Buffalo Grill had food and clean bathrooms (which actually were all over the island, I was very pleased with that....again it is a mom/kid thing) ! Now, it wasn't like the best burger EVER but it was good enough and if you are up for spending 12 bucks you can experience a Buffalo Burger right there on the island! They had awesome snow cones and lots of treats for the kids! After a day of being in the car it was perfect to get out to stretch, eat and look over the amazing Great Salt Lake. ( We didn't get in the water but if we ever go back we will make that plan for sure!)
GRACE FAMILY TEACHING MOMENT
As always my hubby and I look for opportunities to teach our kids, to teach them history about the place we are visiting and how we can apply these experiences to our daily life!
On our adventure around the island we saw a sign for a trail head, only about a .4 mile hike that lead to the gravesite for the Frary Homestead so we decided to get out and take a walk (plus my kids hear grave and get very excited)
We learned all about the history of the Frary Family that settled there and about Alice Frary that died and was buried at their very simple cabin home on the island.
"A former Great Lakes sailor, Frary was no stranger to large bodies of water. He and his wife, Alice, built a small, three-room cabin along the east shore of the island, below its tallest peak and about four miles from the Garr homestead farther south.Frary originally intended to prospect and mine on the island but turned to ranching after finding little ore. The Frarys raised a family of six children. However, late in the summer of 1897, after the birth of their last child, Alice Frary became seriously ill, possibly from an appendicitis attack.
On Sept. 3, 1897, George Frary jumped in a small boat and rushed to Ogden for help. While returning at night in a storm, the boat capsized and, by one account, he lost the medicine he was carrying and was forced to hang on to the boat until morning when he swam for shore. According to another account, however, an Ogden doctor was with him in the boat.
However, upon arriving exhausted at his home, Frary learned that his wife had already died. She and the children had built a signal fire, hoping to attract help, but none came.
Before Alice Frary died, she asked to be buried on the island."
We talked to the kids A LOT about the heartache that this family would have faced, the trials of living during that time in such an isolated place and the simple blessings that we have every day in our life that we take for granted!!
I am so grateful for women like Alice Frary that offer reminders of how blessed I am, of how resilient and tough women are! She lived an isolated, simple and beloved life. She went with VERY little and gave everything she had to her husband and family so that they could learn and grow and know of God while living on God's country in the worst of weather, circumstance and trial!
I have read many articles from the Frary children that talk of love, laughter and playful times on the island....and the memory of their mother's pipe organ in their head!
OVERALL EXPERIENCE ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 10?
The Grace Family gave our Antelope Island Adventure a
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