The Big Move February 10 2015 1 Comment

I mentioned that we were moving from Denver, Colorado to Bend, Oregon. Well the actual move from one city to the other took place at the end of January and while we are far from settled yet (so I still only have limited products available), I thought I'd share a couple photos from the road trip and the places we visited along the way. 

The trip began with us loading all our belongings into a ridiculously large trailer (don't worry we didn't fill whole the thing), saying goodbye to our mid-century modern home in Denver, and heading to the closing to sign it over to the new owners. After having dinner with our lovely realtor and her husband and stopping in on a friend in Longmont, we only reached Fort Collins that night. So after an awesome breakfast at The Silver Grill (if you're in the area stop by for their cinnamon roll french toast) we set off into Wyoming. The drive through the south of Wyoming was pretty uneventful save for a couple of crazy snow storms, and by the afternoon we were in Utah, nearing Salt Lake City.

We spent the night a little north of Salt Lake City in Ogden because we wanted to get an early start the next morning. One of our main goals along the trip was to make the pilgrimage out to Spiral Jetty and we thought it would be great to get out there by sunrise, which was slated for just before 8am. Somewhat surprisingly we made it just in time! 

Created by Robert Smithson in 1970, Spiral Jetty is a huge earthwork located on Rozel Point peninsula on the northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake. It was built from from over 6,000 tons of black basalt rocks and earth mined from the surrounding area placed to form a spiral 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that winds counterclockwise out into the lake. For many years you couldn't really visit Spiral Jetty, it was submerged under the water only two years after it's creation and the water levels did not drop low enough for it to be visible again for 30 years.

The water still ebbs and flows and Spiral Jetty is only visible when the water level is below about 4195 feet, so if you're planning a trip check the water levels before you head out. But other than that there really is no excuse, the journey there is worth the trip alone and the dirt track road really isn't bad (unless the weather is crazy you don't need 4-wheel drive, any car should be able to make it).

When we arrived the water level was way out so Spiral Jetty was totally exposed, surrounded by sand, salt, and just the occasional pool of water. While we could have cut across the sand, the need to follow the path prevailed and we walked along the rocky spiral to the center. The experience of standing at the center of this great work, the only people for miles around, watching as the sun continued to rise was amazing. Despite the cold we wandered around for quite a while just taking in the work and the tranquility of the rugged location. 

Before we could leave we had to hike up the small hill behind where we parked so we could look down on the spiral and out into the Great Salt Lake.

And on the way back to the highway we also made a quick stop at Promontory Summit's Golden Spike National Historic Site to see where the railroads met on May 10, 1869.

I love the typography in this old poster advertising the opening of the new railroad.

From there is was on to Boise for the night... with drinks and a new game, brought at a local game store, All About Games, in downtown Boise.

The next morning we started the final leg of the trip taking the scenic route on US-26 through several national forests and past the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We made it to two of the John Day Park areas, Sheep Rock and the Painted Hills, and despite the cloudy day the colours of the rocks were still amazingly vibrant.

Once again we had the place pretty much to ourselves as we wandered some of the short paths up and around the hills, taking in the quietness and tranquility of the surroundings.

From here it wasn't far to Bend and we've spent the last week staying in a little cabin trying to find a place to live and starting to familiarize ourselves with the area. We did find an awesome little house to move into but not until the beginning of March so I'll have the business up and running in full again then. In the meantime, I'm hoping to get working on some new designs so I'll be ready to go with some new printing projects.