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Forced Perspective

Scale is as elusive sometimes as color. Your brain thinks it has it dialed in and the light changes or another contrast or scope obliterates your original references and you're left to sort it all out again. I wish I could just let it be. Some of us humans are embedded with a primordial drive that tries to makes sense of things including our relationship with the environment and when that relationship is diminished on the human side, far be it for us to admit our own insignificance. I believe that's the key to peace. I'm puny and I'm fine with that.

Try to fit scale to something as transparent as the wind and admitting defeat is more difficult, at least for me, and such was the demise of our first big outing in this Montero.

I had already logged ten thousand miles on this '98 Montero in the last four months and had a reasonable amount of trust in its mechanical integrity. Purchased with 121k miles, I did all the maintenance necessary to baseline its systems, rebui…


The geography of my living is punctuated by great connections, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Channel Tunnel or the Hoover Dam, though most might argue it's more separator than connector. Each are fantastic structures that bring a couple of points together through super-human feats of design and execution.

The history of my work is punctuated by more ethereal connections - culture, history, space. I've rolled camera across the planet over thirty years and with all that's archived in my brain, I forget the power and impact of stories I've documented. Both these conditions connected on this trip to Promontory Point.

Like Antelope Island's day trip, we're looking for area attractions to visit while we're sorting out our latest adventure vehicle as we prepare for this Summer's excursions across the Pacific Northwest. We set out for the Golden Spike National Monument, a place of monumental connection in the United States, Hell on Wheels not withstanding.

Antelope Island

Our latest overland vehicle build is this 1998 Mitsubishi Montero with the Winter package option, meaning among other things it has a factory rear locker. Just what I've been looking for.

We decided to road test its latest modification, a deck for the dogs that replaces the middle seat, much like what was done in the H3 and the Gen3 Montero, and took a day trip to Antelope Island.

It's a short drive from our place in North Salt Lake, much less than Google Maps estimates. Took us maybe 45 minutes to get to the other side of the causeway.

It's the largest of ten islands located within the Great Salt Lake and is home to bison, antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep and an amazing array of birds. We see it everyday on the commute home from downtown Salt Lake, and Mindy has grown up with a view of it from the Bountiful bench, but we've never been there until today.

Utah's State Parks has done well to manage this strip of 42 square miles. We drove the east side road to the …