There's a lot of Middle of Nowhere in Utah,
and when you've got a lot of Middle of Nowhere, you've got the perfect environment to set up some Earthworks. So Utah is home to some well known and lesser known Earthworks, such as the Tree of Life en route to Wendover:
And the famous Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson:
But there is yet another Earthwork in Utah of which I have only recently become aware: the Sun Tunnels.
So this past weekend, Ian and I loaded up the Park Ave. with our friends K-T and Whit and together we took an excursion to the Sun Tunnels near Lucin, Utah.
Lucin is a small historic ghost town on the western side of the Great Salt Lake about 50 miles from Wendover, NV. But instead of heading out toward Wendover to get there, we took a northerly route around the lake up through Brigham City and on to Snowville, and from there we followed two sets of conflicting and very convoluted directions in our attempt to find the Sun Tunnels out in the Middle of Nowhere.
The Sun Tunnels are so far out in the Middle of Nowhere that the inhabitants of the area use some kind of language that is altogether unfamiliar to me:
After several wrong turns and much gnashing of teeth about our not having an adequate map or a GPS, we eventually stumbled upon the Sun Tunnels. Behold their undying glory:
Despite the uncanny resemblance to a roadway construction site, the Sun Tunnels are actually a set of four giant cement tubes with holes cut in the top such that patterns of constellations shine through during solstice.
We were a month late for the solstice patterns, but even so the Tunnels had plenty of enjoyment to offer. You know, monkey business and the like:
Ian was having an altogether photogenic day
Whereas I was looking a little like a plain jane who seriously needs to do something about her hair color
I'm calling the salon tomorrow.
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