Yesterday (Sunday) we went with friends to explore the Spiral Jetty. I studied it at Wellesley College in art history way back when and it was fun to actually see it. Plus I loved learning about the artist and his work with the kids before heading out there (thanks, Wikipedia). I love how art makes you think. I love creativity. I love that the artist, Smithson, got this crazy idea of building a spiral jetty and actually made his idea into reality.
|Here's how the Spiral Jetty looks when it's fully exposed (with salt crust all around)|
|Here's how it looked yesterday|
We all headed out to explore.
Some people (my boys) got WAY out there!
Sometimes it looked like we were walking on water.
I didn't pack well for the outing. The water would be freezing and I thought the kids would just wade so I had them wear shorts and sandals and didn't bring extra clothes. Silly me. Of course they were going to insist on getting all the way out to the end of the jetty and end up getting totally wet. But they stripped down to their undies and put on the sweatshirts I brought with towels around their waists (or an attractive mini-skirt look in the case of the twins) and all was well. All was especially good when our friends pulled out a little camp stove and whipped up some hot chocolate for everyone.
|See that nice salt crust on their faces and their lovely mini skirts?|
We all ended up crusted with salt - at first, it made our skin glisten like we were covered with glitter - then it turned into piles of salt in ears and solidified on legs. So interesting.
|this was after I wiped off the hot chocolate all over his chin - there was way more salt!|
|for once, we remembered to have someone take a photo of the photographers!|
(plus our fearless hot chocolate maker and Kaleigh who was wandering by
- when you have kids take photos for you, you never know what'll end up in the photo!)
|We left as the sun was starting to dip and everything was going golden.|