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THROWBACK: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower at Bonneville Salt Flats

The night of August 11, 2016 the Perseid Meteor Shower rained tiny bright lights above our heads for hours and hours.  My friend Russ and I went to the Bonneville Salt Flats (two hours west of Salt Lake City, UT)  to camp under the stars and watch the meteors fly across the sky.  Scroll down to see the photo essay of our 24-hour adventure.

 As Russ snored in his bag, I woke up with my alarm at 2:30 a.m. to take a 20 second photo during the meteor shower.

As Russ snored in his bag, I woke up with my alarm at 2:30 a.m. to take a 20 second photo during the meteor shower.

 We arrived to the Salt Flats around 4pm and decide to take this long, very bumpy road out into the middle of nowhere.  We didn't actually know where we were going.  This road summoned us.

We arrived to the Salt Flats around 4pm and decide to take this long, very bumpy road out into the middle of nowhere.  We didn't actually know where we were going.  This road summoned us.

 As we drove at 4-6mph in my Prius down the road the sun began to set.  We drove incredibly slow because rocks were popping up and hitting the underside of the car. We did not pass any other cars or people for the entire time after we turned off the main road.  We came across abandoned, salt encrusted objects however.

As we drove at 4-6mph in my Prius down the road the sun began to set.  We drove incredibly slow because rocks were popping up and hitting the underside of the car. We did not pass any other cars or people for the entire time after we turned off the main road.  We came across abandoned, salt encrusted objects however.

 Russ sat in this old chair with a bottle of sake to ponder life's deepest secrets.

Russ sat in this old chair with a bottle of sake to ponder life's deepest secrets.

 When we arrived it was dark, so we set out our   T  herm-a-rests   and put our sleeping bags on top.  We had some witty banter before we decided to lie back and listen to the music while watching the meteors.  If you look closely at the left side of this photo....that is a meteor my camera caught!

When we arrived it was dark, so we set out our Therm-a-rests and put our sleeping bags on top.  We had some witty banter before we decided to lie back and listen to the music while watching the meteors.  If you look closely at the left side of this photo....that is a meteor my camera caught!

 After waking up twice to take some long exposure shots like the one above, I tried to catch a few short hours of sleep.  Here is a photo of the sun rising over the horizon as we laid in our sleeping bags (and Russ still snored).

After waking up twice to take some long exposure shots like the one above, I tried to catch a few short hours of sleep.  Here is a photo of the sun rising over the horizon as we laid in our sleeping bags (and Russ still snored).

 Once we got up for the day, packed our camp gear and had bananas doused in peanut butter.... we shot some funny perspective photos Russ was dying to try.  I call this one "House of Birkies".

Once we got up for the day, packed our camp gear and had bananas doused in peanut butter.... we shot some funny perspective photos Russ was dying to try.  I call this one "House of Birkies".

 I was shooting some product for   Uinta Brewery   and incorporated one of their brews into our perspective shot playtime!  After we shot many a photo, we hopped back in the Prius and headed back to Salt Lake.  

I was shooting some product for Uinta Brewery and incorporated one of their brews into our perspective shot playtime!  After we shot many a photo, we hopped back in the Prius and headed back to Salt Lake.  

The Bonneville Salt Flats are a great place to visit!  They are a little less than two hours due West of Salt Lake City. Check Trip Advisor's tips and directions if you want to know more about how to have a successful camp trip here.  Or, comment below if you would like to have another blog dedicated to getting to the Salt Flats and having a successfully fun time!