Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 3 - A Memory

There's so many that it's hard to choose, but this one has been on my mind all day. Not sure why.

When Mike and I had been dating for a year or so, he had heard about a place called the Spiral Jetty. It was up near Promontory Point and someone in one of his classes said it was really cool, so we decided to take a short trip out and check it out. We had film in the camera (this was back before digital cameras were common) and some snacks and we took off in the Jeep. Promontory is about hour away from Logan and we were told the Jetty was on a driving trail past that.

Ok, time out. We had NO clue what a jetty was before we went. The girl in his class said it was spiral and out in the Salt Lake. That was all the definition we had so we were pretty much guessing what we were looking for.

So we drive for a while. It's cold out but there's no snow. We get to where we can see the Salt Lake and we see these huge wall looking things built out of boards and logs. This must be it! But it didn't really look spiralish. The cool thing is it's all covered in salt. So it looked like snow. We think there must have been oil drilled because there was piles of salt/dirt with black stuff dripped around it. We wasted about half the roll of film, or more, on what we thought was the Jetty.

Then we drove more.

Then we saw the REAL Spiral Jetty.

And it was a spiral. I guess it was man-made and someone has just built up the land so it spiraled out into the lake. It wasn't very big, but we walked around it anyway. The cool thing was, the salt was all tainted pink because of the brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys).



These aren't pictures that we took, but you at least get the gist of it. I do have some cool pictures but I'll have to find them in one of a million photo albums (remember, no digital).

So the reason this memory sticks out so much is because Mike and I can have some intense conversations. On our first date we stayed up talking until 3 in the morning. We agree 95% of the time as well and of the 5% that we disagree, we debate with no bloodshed :)

But this was really the first time we had spent a long time in the car together and it was great to be able to talk to each other and not really have any awkward silence. In fact, I don't think we've ever had any awkward silence. We've always been extremely comfortable around each other.

I can't remember what the conversation was about, but I do remember how much fun we had exploring together. And that has continued on for the 8 years we've been together.

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