Today we said goodbye to Idaho and travelled through western Wyoming into the state of Utah. As we got close to the state border of Utah we drove through the small town of Paris. The town was founded in 1863 when a wagon train brought more than 30 Morman families to the area. More followed them to the valley. They thought they were in Utah until 1872 when a boundary survey showed they were in Idaho! Between 1884 and 1889 they built a Romanesque tabernacle which stands today.
We arrived at Garden City, Utah on the lakeshore of Bear Lake. Limestone particles suspended in the waters of Bear Lake create a spectacular aqua-blue colour. The particles absorb light and reflect a colour ranging from azure or turquoise to sky blue depending on the weather. The lake is over 20 miles long and 8 miles wide and has a reported depth of 208 feet. It also said to have a Loch Ness monster!
We decided to have a rest day and enjoyed a walk along the shore and drove to the overlook above the town. The weather was great – is this October?