Most of my Texas journeys have focused on the west and north of the Lone Star Empire. I did head down the midsection, from Fort Worth to Brownsville, in May, 2012. This time around, the journey was brief, from Texarkana, to Longview, and on to Dallas. Longview was my rest stop on September 20. My first taste of the Piney Woods came at a rest stop, off I-20, halfway between Tyler and Terrell. Here, next to a game farm, is a 1/2 mile nature trail.
Views of the game farm were abundant,
and I made a new friend.
The emu followed me along the fence, for pretty much the length of the trail.
When I detoured to Grand Saline, some friendly folks were giving away hot dogs and water, to promote their video store.
Their store is right next to the venerable Grand Saline Inn.
As elsewhere in Texas, the east has its share of “Old West” structures.
Only Grand Saline, though, has the Salt Palace, actually an overhead to protect this lump of salt. East Texas’ largest active salt mine is in operation, 5 miles south of Grand Saline.
The aviator Wiley Post is from this area, and is commemorated here.
I made a three hour visit to Dallas, that afternoon, so next up is Big D.
Texas has some interesting spots — and people! I have seen the spot where Post went down in Barrow, AK!
Barrow must be a surreal place, especially at the northern tip of the peninsula.
hard not to love the peaceful scenes you post, but i know the cities have their charms. just not as photogenic 🙂 such a rolling stone thou art.
I am trying to gather some moss now, as it were. My love is quite a recluse, though, so perseverance is a must.
i always dig me some wild west buildings! Enjoyed the short hike as well.
Thanks, Tamy. More Wild West buildings are coming up, with the Dodge City post.