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After leaving Joshua Tree we were only 20 miles from the Salton Sea so decided to carry on. Jim is a big fan of pelicans and we knew there was a substantial population of them at the sea. The sea itself is a man made mistake.
The modern sea was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development Company in 1905. In an effort to increase water flow ...
... developed and it became the place to be. As fertilizer from farming came in and it dries up, minerals become more concentrated, making it 30 % than the ocean. A rainstorm in 1977 destroyed most of them and left a few "ghostly looking towns" along the lake.
Another you can only find it in the US: a guy came here in 1967 ...
... continued toward the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea was once hoped to be a beach-like resort town in the middle of the desert, but it unfortunately never took off. Now that the water supply to it has been cut off, the Salton Sea will inevitably dry up within our lifetime so we thought it'd be cool to see while we were so close. The Salton Sea has a large issue with tilapia dying off in the thousands and thus has the most foul odor imaginable. I was lucky enough to snap a quick photo ...
... a game of Phase 10. I actually won. Amazing how that works.
We have another day here and then we move on to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, about sixty miles from here. We’ve really enjoyed the quiet pace here along with the desert beauty. If you’ve never spent any time in the desert, you must do so someday. There are a few plants in bloom now. I got one shot of my favorite one in bloom, the creosote bush. It has ...
... newer, if that makes any sense. Gone were a lot of the cool relics left over from decades gone by. In their place were new homes and new construction.
The Sea has always been in a state of change. But it always held some magic. Now, I fear the magic is vanishing.