the spiral jettyThis Saturday we packed up a dizzying variety of snacks and toys, picked up the Kramers and headed North to find the “earth art” icon, Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson. I have wanted to see this for a while, but we just haven’t managed to make time for it. As the Great Salt Lake itself (admittedly a quite big lake) is probably only about 20 miles away, I was envisioning an hour or so of driving, a quick hike, pictures and a kid-friendly lunch somewhere exciting like McDonald’s.one backseat full of kids

Well, actually it turned out to be a whole day excursion (but we did end up having that fabulous lunch at McDonald’s–at about 3:45.) Yet, lest you think the longness of the day or lack-luster lunch means that this wasn’t a great experience, you are wrong! The kids had a great time stuffed into the back seat (actually so good that they didn’t fall asleep for naps.) For the adults, really all I need to say is that 8 hours is not too long to spend in a car as long as you have Jon Kramer making you laugh and sharing little known facts about music and (well actually pretty much everything.)

The Jetty itself was intended to be remote. (Think ~15 mi. long dirt road with complicated instructions and virtually no landmarks…after the 75 mile drive to Golden Spike Monument) Here are the trains at the monument, which was actually pretty cool. We didn’t do too much looking around due to the lateness of the day/hunger of passengers

.trains at golden spike monument

The Spiral Jetty was completed in 1970 and is 1500 feel long. The jetty is well set in the salt encrusted landscape. The lake is pink (due to brine shrimp) and has an definite ethereal quality with a saltyMegan and me on the jetty smell and noticeable lack of wildlife. It is just a cool place to see and the gray rainy day added to the melancholy feel of the lake. The New York Times has said that the jetty is “the most famous work of American art that almost nobody has ever seen in the flesh…” I am glad that we are in the club. ;-D