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Salt Palace and Alligators

2014-05-30

tl;dr: I visited the Grand Saline Salt Palace and then the East Texas Gator park, and camped behind a church.

I had picked a good camping site. It was far from the road. There were no obnoxious birds, and no frogs. It was actually pretty quiet. Except for that machinery moving metal around all night long.

I spent two hours sitting in a laundromat dealing with work issues because some big-name customer couldn't be bothered to tell us about their schedule. I can't wait until I am fired.

This part of Texas isn't as flat. And it's humid. Very humid.

I visited the Grand Saline Salt Palace. This structure is built entirely from salt blocks and is on its third generation. This town has an unbelievably large salt mine and supplies something like one-fifth of the world's salt.

Next I visited East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park. They also have a small restaurant that servers unbelievably good food. Look, alligators! There were other critters, too. I heard one guy exclaim, "There's a beaver in that cage!" That seemed strange, as the cage was made out of wood and was positioned off the ground. I investigated and found woodchucks. That same guy also yelled at his daughter, "Stop asking questions! Stop actin' like your momma!" Instill ignorance while they are young, buddy.

I left the park intent on finding a place to camp. I've never been to a state with more No Trespassing signs than Texas. Every field is barbed-wired, and every gate is locked. I thought I had found a spot next to some power lines, but the mosquitoes were nasty, and the lines were snapping. The farther south I traveled the closer together the houses got. Eventually I spied a church off the road with a shelter behind it. I decided I would camp there. This would also allow me to not have to use my rain fly, as it was supposed to rain that night and the rain fly really heats up the tent.

mosquito-free zone


more dirt roads


breakfast




more flowers


I may have started a stampede


The Salt Palace


Morton Salt


31 44 2047


East Texas Gators


big fat alligator




common sense


rattlesnake


ring-tailed cat


first Texas high fence


more back roads

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