Saturday, April 2, 2011
Punta Salinas Salt Mine
The next day, March 30, we sailed to Isla San Jose and one its anchorages, Punta Salinas, where a defunct salt mining operation sits. Its vast area of low lying land with pools of dried salt made us feel like we were walking on the moon. Crunch, crunch, crunch was the sound underfoot as we traipsed through the salt beds. The kids climbed up a pile of salt, "skated" across ponds of crystallized salt, and found salt particles globed together like branches covered with ice and snow. We even found a discarded plastic jug and collected salt in it to bring back for friends who might want to have the "real deal" (sea salt) after we boil it and put it in jars.