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A year and a half ago, I wrote about iceboating on what I called “Lake Shangri-la . . .”   The foto below appears to be a smooth frozen lake . . . although the white-hatted cowboy standing in the middle of the road might be puzzling.

And those do look like icefishing diehards with

novel ice shanties on wheels.

Drift ice on a frozen high plateau lake?

Close ups of the ice chunks?

Uh . .  guy walking on water?

Except it’s almost 100 degrees out . . . and just down the road–I-80–is GSLSP  aka

Great Salt Lake State Park, and one selkie who takes briny deep to extremes.   Ever wonder why the word Bonneville is used in reference to places out here?  Answer follows.

And that outrigger seems to float pretty high in the water.

More on this place–as salty as the stuff in your kitchen–soon.  All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

I wonder if anyone has ever tried sails on craft with runners for a Bonneville time trial . . .   And “Bonnevile” was the name given to places here by Grove K. Gilbert for Benjamin Bonneville, French-born explorer of the West.  If you read only one link in this post, read his biography here.    I enjoyed his Washington Irving/NYC connection.

So I was an especially gullible kid who wished in vain that my parents would let me buy some sea monkeys that I saw advertised in Popular Mechanics.  Never happened.    Hold that thought.

Below is a foto of the Great Salt Lake.  And before I came here, I’d heard that it stunk and held

no life.  But how

then was it also a major bird migration path. 

Doubleclick on this foto and see all the birds.  And yes the water near shore was black with flies and other insects that–unlike gnats–disperse when you approach.  All this brings up this

display outside Dave’s Gonzo Kayak rental on Antelope Island. To my amazement, I learned that Great Salt Lake has a fishery and this is an older, obsolete vessel used in the harvesting of brine shimp . . .

aka sea-monkeys!!  Click here for a foto of a more up-to-date vessel, the likes of which I’d love to see.

Click here for a feature from High Country News on the fishery, here for the site of the GSL Brine Shrimp Cooperative, and here for some starter economics on the industry.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Departure from the sixth boro showed the usual Bayonne Bridge and cranes BUT from a new perspective.

David and John . . . you are right in guessing one of those locations to be the Great Salt Lake.  More on that amazing sea later, but this is what paddling out of the cove at Gonzo’s Boat Rentals and Tours looks like.  Here’s an article about Dave Ghizzone’s rentals.

It’s stunningly beautiful, and what I’d heard about the smell on the water and flies . . . not true.  More on the lake later.

After a brisk paddle, I put my shorts in the sun to dry, and they were soon quite starched . . . er  . . salted!

This was taken from a high point on Antelope Island looking south.

A few hours to the north and slightly to the west, this marked an area near Arco, ID, within the public part of the INL.  If Nevada has its area 51, this place felt like Idaho’s answer, an area 52 if you will.

That’s just a cloud above Big Southern Butte, within this area, but the ground here

flowed at one point, like a giant superhot sea.  Now . . . what is the LAST thing you’d expect to find here?

If you said a tugboat, you’d have been close.  But this was surprising.    Read the numbers and signs all around.

SSN-666 was called Hawksbill, but I like the faded nickname painted here . .  . submarine of the desert.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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