the Caspian Sea

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Finally, this morning I said fudge it and left the motherfudging highway. There was a little dirt path and then a secondary road a little bit to the north, so I was going to go there. Come what may.

There were orchards:

orchard in Kordkuy

And there was silence:

dirt track out of Kordkuy

Sometimes there were little villages:

little village

And often there were rice paddies:

rice paddies

I noticed that a lot of people working in the paddies were wearing straw hats:

farmers

It somehow reminded me of the Chinese South:

straw hat

But I hadn’t come here to look at no straw hats. I wanted to see something far bigger. So when I noticed a little path leading north, I took it:

path to the Caspian Sea

I walked until its end point, and then I told the Caboose to wait for me:

Caboose near the Caspian Sea

Because there, behind a marshland of grass and mud and water, was the Caspian Sea:

Gulf Of Gorgan

The. Real. Fudging. Caspian. Sea.

After all this time of looking at it on the map, after all the summers and winters that had come and go, I was finally here.

A dead snake was there to celebrate with me:

dead snake

I decided to camp out tonight. But where?

There were some stores and some fast food places:

shops in Bandar Gaz

Some of them looked like ruins:

ruins in Bandar Gaz

I found a pier that led into the Caspian Sea, and I sat in front of it for a while:

pier into the Caspian Sea

In the end I decided to just camp in a public park:

camping

It turned out to be very noisy.

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