Golden Spike Historical Site & Museum & The Spiral Jetty Nov 2009
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November 1st, 2009 – by: lwatkins47
The two engines that met that day were the Central Pacific's Jupiter #60 & Union Pacific's #119. Years later the Jupiter engine was offered for sale for $1000. but no one could get the money together to buy it & it was eventually scraped. In more recent years about $1.5 million was spent to recreate working replicas of the two engines. The pictures are of the replicas in their winter train barn. During the summer they do reenactments of the meeting of the two trains. They are working steam engines, ear splitting whistles and all.
We left the Golden Spike Museum & headed south 16 miles & 45 minutes for the Spiral Jetty.
Three years ago, the water was down enough that their were pockets of water on the jetty but it is 15 ft wide (and 1500 ft long in a counter clockwise coil) so it was fairly easy to skirt the puddles & avoid the lacerations for the sake of doing a meditation spiral. The water surrounded the jetty, reddish pink & white & it was absolutely beautiful! When the jetty was built in 1970 it was 4 ft high on dry land because the lake was down in the drought. The lake came back up & it was covered so that it couldn't be seen at all except from directly over head in an airplane for 3 decades.
Today, Nov 1, 2009 it is high & dry & maybe only a ft of it sticks up out of the damp salt. The atmosphere was strange today. There was a lot of radiation fog or maybe smog. I want it to be radiation fog. The pictures are weird. Looking at is was weird. We walked it in meditation but I was nearly in tears; Mike was quiet. Being tearful about it is silly; Smithson, it's maker, wasn't big into his art lasting forever. He was kind of the mind that it lasts however long it lasts - all things die & come apart. And actually nothing has happened to it. It's still there. It is basalt rocks & boulders collected from the nearby hill. It is just under tons of dirty salt. (Can you say Morton? They work the other end of the lake.
The pictures from today of the mountains in the distance, with their reflections in the distant salt water are strange. If you double click on the pictures they will enlarge & you can go from one to another.
After we left the the Jetty & started our rock & roll trip back the moon came out above the mountains on the east. It was beautiful.
PS. About a month ago we paddled the Great Salt Lake in a tandem kayak.
I told Mike that if we tipped over I would be dead. He said no, you won't drown, you'll float. I said if I go in it will be a heart attack that gets me. We laughed a lot & joked but I don't have to paddle it again. Interestingly enough the water that was at the north end of the lake 3 years ago was completely clear without all the yuck. And in the middle you have no since of what is happening with the lake as a whole, as evidenced at the Spiral Jetty.
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