wild horses + land art

Utah is a magical place. Last weekend 13 of us piled into two cars and made the trip out to Spiral Jetty with a stop at Golden Spike Monument

On the way to the Jetty from Golden Spike there's roughly a 20-mile drive on washboard road surrounded by beautiful mountainous desert landscape. There we encountered wild horses (mustangs) crossing our path. Horses can represent wild freedom, free expression, gentle grace and beauty. They are powerful, free and wild. They are also a problem because they reproduce too fast, have no predators, and overgraze among other issues.  

When we finally reached Spiral Jetty, it was surprising to see so many other people there. There were at least three or four other cars parked, and we passed people leaving as we were approaching. Definitely off the beaten path. Fortunately (depending on your perspective), the lake water was low, the Jetty is not always visible depending on water level. After walking the spiral, we walked another half mile across the white salt desert to the edge of the lake. Felt like being on a different planet. 

For a sense of scale, there are two people standing in the center of the Spiral. 

For a sense of scale, there are two people standing in the center of the Spiral. 

Reminds me of the Moon

Reminds me of the Moon

Salt crystals

Salt crystals

Red Algea

Red Algea

Definitely a worthwhile pilgrimage, the horses made it more magical.