Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ghost Town -Gold Hill

Somehow despite it being 175 miles (much on dirt roads) away from home our Corona Cruising took us to the ghost town of Gold Hill three times. Despite being described on the web as a ghost town there are number of people still living there, but the old decaying mercantile building is certainly ghost town-esque. We needed so many trips to Gold Hill because we were on a quest to find the remnants of the old charcoal kilns we had read were there, but they proved hard to find, so had to keep researching and returning back. On trip three we finally found the kilns!

Despite that ar one time the town had a population of 3000, there are many homes. I read somewhere that this was because being a boom and bust mining town many minors lived in transient housing like, perhaps like this dugout.
The ellusive kilns, apparently these were special kilns because they used ceramic in the instructions.
The perfect ghost town graveyard, high up on hte hill overlooking the town.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Spiral Jetty Pandemic Style

As Salt Lake was pretty shut down do to the pandemic, everyone must have decided to visit the remote outdoor place. I have never seen the Spiral Jetty so busy. Usually when we visit there's perhaps a couple of other cars in the parking lot, today the lot was full and cars line the road for quite a way. A crazy nunber of people for this remote, normally peaceful spot. The noise was crazy too. Even way up on the hill you could hear this cacaphohy on voices and screaming kids and it seemed decidely un-peaceful. But despite the crowds and sounds there was still plenty to see. The everchanging shoreline, mud, salt, water and foam scapes are alway so fascinating!