I took a humanities course a long time ago when I was going to college down in the Proves. While in the class, I learned about the Spiral Jetty for the first time. I've been intrigued by this thing ever since I first learned about it. So the true story goes that this artist guy named Robert Smithson decided to create a humungous piece of art out in the Great Salt Lake back in 1970. I've heard that people in the '70s were always doing weird stuff like that. Smithson's humungous art piece is known as the Spiral Jetty, and it's not only weird but it's pretty darn awesome too. So like I said, I've been intrigued by this art since college and went out to see the piece for the first time last May with my little sister, Melanie. Melanie and I had quite the adventure the first time we went out to the Spiral. The trip was a lot more treacherous than we had imagined, and I nearly got us stranded out in the middle of nowhere when my car nearly ran out of gas. You see, I seem to have a slight problem with estimations. In other words, if I tell you something is about a mile away, it's probably really 2 miles away. If I say it should take you about 2 hours to get someplace, it will probably end up actually taking 3 or 4 hours. If I think that I can get to someplace on a quarter full tank of gas...Okay, you probably get the picture. So last year, Melanie and I discovered that a trip out to see the Spiral is a bit more like a trek than just a simple joy ride, but it's worth it. I think the Jetty is really beautiful. Smithson made it out of the black basalt boulders found all over the beach. The basalt boulders are from local volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago, cool. And both times I've been out there, the lake has been this really cool purpleish color due to a buildup of minerals or something like that. The whole setting around the Jetty is really pretty and very peaceful. I took a bunch of shots on our way out to the Spiral, but once we finally got to it, my camera's battery decided to die...I guess I overestimated how much power the blasted thing had stored up. Luckily I was able to get a couple shots of the Spiral, but I'll have to try and get some better shots next year. I think the best time to go is during March and April when the water isn’t covering the Spiral. Melanie and I went last May, towards the end of the month, and the water was pretty much covering up the Jetty. The Jetty wasn’t covered up when Melanie, Maria, and I went this past weekend, so we were able to hike down to it and walk on it. It was so much fun to go out to the lake this weekend, and I'm really glad Maria came with us this year. Maria was a real trooper during the trek and only got a little mad at me for thinking we would only have to hike like a half mile...We had to hike a bit more than that, oops. If you're interested in making the trip out to see this thing, here are some really simplified directions...Don't worry, I didn't come up with those mile estimations, so you can trust 'em. I'm definitely planning on going again next Spring.
How to get there: Drive to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, 30 miles west of Brigham City by following signs on Utah State Route 83 through Corinne.
Once at GSNHS, just follow the signs on the gravel road to the Jetty, which is about 16 miles from the Golden Spike monument.
This is a linear jetty found a half mile before you get to the Spiral. I heard that this one was created for some sort of oil rigging project a long time ago.