The spiral jetty…

One of the benefits of doing homeschool is that we’re pretty open when it comes to field trips. We can do whatever we want, when we want. So the other day I e-mailed my oldest son and said, “If you can tell me what the spiral jetty is, who build it, and how to get there, we’ll go there on Saturday.”

He takes after me, so within just a few minutes after reading my e-mail, he had replied with the answer to all three, including turn by turn direction from google maps. And yes, if you’re wondering, our homeschool does allow the use of wikipedia. :)

Anyway, I was surprised to find out my wife had never been. We’d been out there a few years ago, but I think she was pregnant and passed up on the trip.

I don’t think Sue was terribly excited about the trip, but she was a trooper. When she found out that much of the road was going to be unpaved, and a good portion of the road was quite rocky, I think she got less and less enthused. However, when we got there, the wonder and strangeness of the environment took over, and we all were really pleased that we went, salty shoes not withstanding.

We found three geocaches, and also saw a guy making a movie. He was dressed in a suit made out of mirrors, which was quite bizarre. He said we could take his picture but said we couldn’t post it anywhere, so…you’ll have to take my word for it.

Anyway, if you’ve never been, you should go. It really feels like you’re on a different planet. Below are the obligatory pics.

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7 Responses to The spiral jetty…

  1. amaree says:

    I’m just one of your blog stalkers, and so I don’t typically comment, but I’d never heard of the spiral jetty and am now quite intrigued! Next time I am down the the SLC area, I’ll have to go and take a look. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Matthew Buckley says:

    I should mention, that while the spiral jetty is on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, it’s actually clear to the north end. In fact, it’s only about 30 minutes from the Golden Spike Historical Monument. But do stop by, it’s a great place to visit. It almost feels like you’re on a different planet.

  3. Suko says:

    It does have an otherworldly appearance.

    Great photos!

  4. RobisonWells says:

    Very cool. I’ve always wanted to go, but never have made the trip. Is the road terrible?

  5. Matthew Buckley says:

    It is a paved road all the way until about 17 miles before the Jetty. The first part of the dirt road is actually pretty well maintained. I think I was doing about 40 mph on it. The last 4-5 miles it becomes rocky, and you have to progressively slow down more and more. But my minivan made it all the way without scraping until the last 1/2 mile. And there is a sign that says, ‘jetty, 1/2 mile’, and that is where the road is only accessible to vehicles with a high clearance.

  6. Tom and Mel says:

    What a cool place! I love that top photo! That’s amazing! I wonder if Tom has ever been there? So, how long would it take from Riverside?

  7. Matthew Buckley says:

    I’d plan on a little over an hour from Riverside. But it’s a beautiful, western-Utah-Deserty drive, I love it. You’re miles and miles from civilization.

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