A crushing blow

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The salt flats of Booneville Salt Flats State Park. Miles and miles of flat hard salt.

Growing up I remember stories of the Bonneville Salt Flats and people who went out there to set the land speed records.  This was a legendary place.  Full of excitement, speed, danger, and oh yeah plenty of hard white salt.

 

I always wondered if I would ever get the chance to get out and drive my car over the desert at breakneck speeds with a long white scarf around my neck flapping in the heavy breeze at speeds greater than I had ever imagined.

 

So now that I am old and driving a Toyota Prius I finally get the chance to go to the flats and what do I find. Nothin.  I had even joked that I would take it out there to see what it would do.

 

Oh, there is a turnoff, with a small diner there.  But I stopped and talked with a guy who was brushing salt out from under his wheel wells and he confirmed that everything that used to be out there was gone and the museum had been moved to a casino in a nearby town.

 

So I end up with a couple of pictures of miles and miles of salt and that’s all.

 

We didn’t even get much of a shot of the Great Salt Lake.  The highway west runs on the south side, but at the same level so no good view was possible.

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Bonneville Salt Flats
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