Hello, friends!! Yey, it's a whole new year. I got mine off to a good ol' surrealist start with a little sojourn down to the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea is like a mirage come to life. The shimmering band of blue water just doesn't seem real against the rocky red desert hills.
This strange land is the victim of environmental tragedy, and after a vacation-oriented housing boom in the '50s and '60s, it slid into obsolescence. Today many abandoned homes and businesses line the shores of the toxic salt lake called the Salton Sea, giving us an eerie feeling. I'm intrigued by it despite that tragic element, though; it's such a thoroughly unusual place. It has true character and midcentury charm, albeit in a faded lonesome kind of way.
Even for an intrepid rural explorer like myself, though, it broke my heart; it's very sad and strange to see all these shuttered up vestiges of a more prosperous time! I do think it's important for Americans to see the Salton Sea, to see what our thoughtlessness can do (the Sea's environmental collapse in on account of messed up irrigation systems and fertilizer runoff; soon all that will be able to survive in its toxic waters are tilapia fish).
(More pictures after the jump )
Please note the unreal deep blue of that sky.
Inside "Market". I bought Tapatio Doritos and water, but they also sell everything from nail polish to telephone cords to big silver belt buckles.
Hey, have you ever seen an abandoned Chinese restaurant before?
How about a jail for sale?
My new residence:
Abandoned fire station.
Oh, I'm sorry 'bout the phone pictures yet again. I am getting 2 rolls of film developed as we speak, though, including my high desert adventure with none other than the famous Miss Crystal Lee!! Meeting her was such a blast! Plus stay tuned for Joshua Tree vistas, an abandoned Victorian train, some of my fave Palm Springs architecture, and more.
Now I hope you had yourself a merry holiday time. My much lamented "snow-less Christmas" actually wasn't half bad; it sure was nice to be out there havin' fun in the warm California sun. I was also consoled by my historical accuracy; they didn't have no snow down in Bethlehem ;)
Have a great weekend, all you truckers and kickers and cowboy angels!