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Monday, July 28, 2008

Pioneer Day Weekend

This Pioneer Day weekend, Nate and I decided to go and see the Golden Spike Museum at Promontory Summit, and then we went to see the Spiral Jetty.
When we went, it was totally dry--no water at all around it, just hard, dry, shiny salt.
This was a stick that was entirely crusted with salt. Also, the Salt from the Salt lake is really, really salty. Much more so than just table salt.
Can you see the sparkles? It looks a lot like snow, except that it was really hard, and it was WAY too hot outside for there to be any snow.
This is a place where the salt has formed crystals on the rocks of the Spiral Jetty. In case you don't know what the Spiral Jetty is, you should go here.
This was a large metal ball. The salt has totally eroded and rusted it, and now you can break off parts of it easily if you tried. We didn't. It's pretty amazing to see what nature can do to stuff that's dumped in her.
This is the presentation of the driving of the Golden Spike.
And also, the reinactors and the engine replicas--they really run, and they're pretty, which is a funny thing to say about a massive machine, but it's true.
Nate got this action picture of them driving the last spike, which was actually a plain Iron spike. The golden spike was never actually driven.
This is Nate and I with the reinactors, each holding one of the Golden Spikes...ok, so they're replicas, but they really do have gold in them.
Here's one of our Chacos on the sand. We're not quite sure why it's so blue, but it's kind of cool.

Hope you all had some good Pioneer Day experiences. We're sure glad they came to Utah!


  1. Sadly, I didn't get to celebrate, but I did walk around the office telling everyone that it was Pioneer Day. I got a lot of strange looks.

  2. I love to see all your pictures. You guys do so many fun things. I'm afraid you are going to be bored stiff in Utah County, but we're so glad your'e coming back!

    Mom M

  3. How do you know that the salt is so salty? Did you taste it?