Back on Land
Pulling our boats out of the water, we returned them and strolled back toward our truck, walking through the shore-side park where families were spread out on blankets and lounging under umbrellas, multiple generations relaxing together and enjoying each other’s company, talking, laughing, and eating. Kids kicked soccer balls along the water’s edge and popped volleyballs up into the air.
It must have been the napping hour too: kids and adults alike snoozed on the warm afternoon. Perhaps some of them had hiked the eight-mile Deer Creek Trail along the reservoir’s western shore earlier that day. Or maybe some had tried the world’s longest “over water” zip line, traversing 3,900 feet over Rainbow Bay. There were plenty of ways to tire yourself out having an adventure nearby.
As we walked by, I caught a waft of grilling meat and my mouth watered as I saw ears of corn on the cob roasting, bulging dishes of potato salad and thick, juicy slices of watermelon piled high. We hungrily walked back to our car to head back to camp and put together our own evening meal. Returning to our shady spot in the park’s Great Horned Owl campsite, we ate dinner and spent the evening watching colorful birds flit around our site as we relaxed and enjoyed the quiet after a day of activity.
Later that night, we heard a car pull up at an adjacent site, and in the morning we were surprised to see friends from Wyoming who just so happened to snag the site next to ours, an unplanned stop on their journey home. Catching up with them about our Utah adventures was just an added bit of serendipity on our journey.