Everyone recognize that little girl with the umbrella?
Surely you know her saying:
"When it rains... it pours!"
(And I don't mean to pour salt on the wounds of my beleaguered non-stop rain suffering blog friends!)
In case you don't get it, this is the Morton salt factory out in Tooele, (pronounced too-wel-lah) about 30 minutes west of our house.
I would LOVE to take a tour of that processing plant.
I wasn't out in the wilderness looking for salt, although if I needed some there certainly was plenty of salt heaps all around me.
If you use Morton Salt in a recipe you might want to mentally picture the scenic history of the tiny grains you are using.
Even if you aren't using the Morton brand, you may still be pouring Salt Lake salt into your food and water softener systems. There are other companies harvesting the salt in the area too.
As man made ponds around the Great Salt Lake are allowed to dry, the salt remains for harvesting, while looking quite a bit like snow on the ground.
People with too much time on their hands walk out into the dry ponds and spell out messages with rocks.
Mostly romantic messages.
I'm undecided if I would consider the words "I Love U Jill" spelled out in rocks in salt would make my heart flutter.
So what was I doing out in wilderness yesterday evening?
Well, this week both my son Jeff and I are spouse less.
Luke took another trip to California (I know...the kid is two months old today and already a jet setter) to visit his other grandparents with his mom, while my darlin' Mr. B. is out in South Carolina.
Jeff got wind of a great place to harvest landscaping accent rocks, acquired a rock collecting permit and asked if I would like to go with him rock gathering.
(The fact that I own a four wheel drive SUV probably had a little something to do with the invitation, but I am not picky about the reasons when it comes to being asked to spend time with my adult son!)
I am ALWAYS game for a wilderness adventure.
The challenge was trying to decide where to aim my camera.
Right, left, up, down....beauty everywhere.
The steepness and irregular ground was more challenging to me than I thought it would be.
I selected a few armful sized stones and had Jeff take them down the hill for me, then decided to just harvest pictures.
I am not as nimble footed on rocky slopes as I used to be.
Jeff had mentioned his plans to a few co-workers; their recommendation was to just go to one of the landscaping stone shops in town and buy what he needed.
I suppose they would likewise suggest skipping hunting, fishing, backyard vegetable and berry growing too.
Sure you can buy all those things easily in stores, but where is the fun and adventure in that?
And then note how the same stripes are nearly vertical just a few yards away.
Must of been one heck of a long ago earthquake that made that happen.
This one...just the right size for me to cuddle in my arms and take to the car.
I am in LOVE with this rock!
All the colors and lines and the shapes!
It is about 18 inches long and will look great standing up right in our garden.
I used to really want to pick wildflowers to take home with me to enjoy later.
Now I pick them via photography and have found they last a whole lot longer that way.
Jeff had finished up his own picking.
As we left the area the sun was setting and jack rabbits were bounding about.
Sure would be fun to stay after dark with a spotlight to watch the nocturnal animals running around.
This tall rock got placed in the garden immediately.
The rocks will add so much interest to the garden in winter snow when the Japanese maples are bare and all the other plants have died back.
I had to take some close up pictures of the rock as I doubt I will be inclined to wiggle up close to them once they are in the garden proper.
Jeff showed me some rock he had gathered elsewhere awhile ago.
This particular rock was just as purple as purple can be.
Isn't that cool?
Isn't that the classic pose that fishermen and hunters use when photographed with their trophies?
Just a couple still firing off blossoms.
It is called "Carnival Ride", Jeff's wife made iris plant markers using paint stirring sticks and indelible pens, and included cute cartoon interpretations of the names too.
Carnivals are nice...but a day out in the wilderness with my son harvesting rocks is my idea of a real rocking good time.
Glad you could come along with us!