We were going to see Spiral Jetty. Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture that was built in 1970 by artist Robert Smithson. This sculpture is located in the north arm of the lake, the saltiest part. There is a causeway that blocks off this section of the lake causing the salinity to be 27 percent. That's a lot of salt! Also, the water in the north arm is pink. There is a certain type of algae that thrives in such high salinity causing the pink color. It was light pink when we were there, sometimes it is almost red.
The sculpture was built during a drought, lake levels were low. Within a few years the water levels returned to normal and Spiral Jetty was submerged. It stayed hidden under water for 30 years! It has just in the last decade or so been making an appearance again. Because of its long soak in the super salty water, it is now covered in pink and white salt crystals.
A very interesting place, we were all glad for the opportunity to experience it.
***And yes, we stopped at the first restaurant we could find and had a proper meal :)