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Spiral Jetty/Staying Local

Sometimes it is just nice to stay home.  As much as I love any weekend in the desert, occasionally a few calm days at home really hit the spot.  One great thing about Salt Lake is that there are amazing places to explore here in town.  

After some spring cleaning and furniture re-positioning (which made for a few new and exciting hiding places for Kenneth and Emmy) we decided to head out and check out the Spiral Jetty.  Located on the north side of the Great Salt Lake, the Spiral Jetty is an art project built in 1970  by Robert Smithson.  A 15' wide path of basalt rock extends from the shore and into the shallows of the lake.  It then spirals counter-clockwise in on itself - check it out here.  Depending on the current water level of the lake, the Spiral Jetty can either be fully submerged, completely dry, or just barley rising above the water.  On Saturday, it was totally dry and with our current snowpack, will likely stay that way for some time.

Salt Lake is a great place to call home.  With easy access to the mountains and the desert, there are a ton of opportunities for exciting activities.  From rock climbing to canyoneering to just plain checking out 1970's art installations that are visible from space (but really, what isn't visible from space these days?), there are a ton of options to explore and with a little extra planning, Kenneth and Ember can get out to enjoy the places that I love.

Now back to real life.  Hopefully I can make it to at least Tuesday afternoon before I start planning the trip next weekend...


Putting the "cat" in Alcatraz Canyon

Putting the "cat" in Alcatraz Canyon

1:30 AM and we are driving down a dusty desert road.  The music has been turned down to an imperceptible volume to help us accurately track our mileage.

 

24.5 and then turn right.  7.1 miles later, turn right again. Take a slight left 0.1. miles after that. Follow this road 6.6 miles and make another right. 0.5 miles later, stay left and 2.5 miles later keep an eye out for the canyon.

After we felt that we were sufficiently lost in Robber's Roost, the road emptied onto a wide patch of slickrock.  200' later, the road ended.  This was not a case of the road subtly coming to an end with a posted sign; the road ended with a 120' drop into the start of Alcatraz Canyon.  We set up camp nearby and rested up for our adventure the following day.

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Kitty Hydration

Kitty Hydration

I know that staying hydrated is a crucial piece towards success in any athletic or outdoor adventures. Especially in the desert.  

If I know I have a long and potentially hot day in the desert, I do my best to drink fluids constantly.  I like to pre-hydrate the night before and in the morning at breakfast. No sense in starting off the day with a half tank.  The same idea applies to the cats. I can't easily convince Kenneth to drink another bowl of water because tomorrow will be a long day, but I can make sure that it is always available anytime he might want some. In the morning, I try to coach him to eat as much as possible and follow up his meal with as much water as he will drink. 

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