The Salton Sea

This is my first trip to the Salton Sea this “Season” and I’ve missed it. Like I’ve said before, besides the art, I return now to also document, to show what’s changed (greatly) and what’s not. The Sea ever evolves -usually not for the better – but change is synonymous with the sea.

I started off, trying to get down to the old army base on the west shore. But I got even less far than the last time I attempted as even more of a sand dune has covered the road. Plus it was filled with Thanksgiving weekend OHV people so I just left.

I then headed to  a place I call “Lands End” it was a spit of land that jutted out into the sea. but as the sea has further receded it is now a spit of land surrounded by…more land. It doesn’t quite have the appeal it did to me years ago.

Some of the local water fowl hunters put a boat ramp in where it used to be water since thier launch point is now a 1/4 mile from where it used to be

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And of course, the obligatory dead tilapia

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And the Jungle Gym still continues to stand and the webbing has  not deteriorated at all really

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I then moved over to the Three Sisters and Red Hill Marina area to see what progress they made in one area that is to be a part of the $80.5  Million restoration project. And I’d have to say in a year. Not much more has been done. The trenching they did earlier in the year is about where it was and the only difference was that a lot of pipe was dropped off. And a new Rope fence was added…oddly…to the Red Hill Marina

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Red Hill Marina

The Launch Dock is even further and further from the water. I drove down it and probably went 1/2 a mile to the water

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Red Hill Marina Launch

And here are a few artsy shots from the area (can’t forget those)

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This is what it’s like close to the water, get’s kinda spongy and quick sandy in some spots

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They say the future of the Sea may be in it’s Geothermal Capacity underground. It;s got a pretty good start on it already

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I stopped at the Mud Pots (geothermal) but there were so many tourists there I passed and thought I would explore some yet uncharted areas (for me)

Next stop first though was the Abandoned Spa. Not much has changed but I had some fun with a chair there and the fireplace

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Abandoned Spa

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A quick stop at the Ice Factory in Niland

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Ice Factory Niland

I broke out to the 111 and headed north and stopped at a spot, well I’m not going to say where it is. It was new to me. Spent a while talking to an old man who winters there about the History and the Peace of the Salton Sea. He was a nice old man, I apprciate hearing his story

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As the Winter days are short, I decided I better head up to my final destination – Bombay Beach- but first I had to stop at my absolute favorite place: Alien Ranch. People continue to desecrate this sacred place to me. I wrote about it on Instagram how it made me feel bad and also a bit guilty for showing people these places over the years> I just wish they would show respect even for places that don’t look like they deserve it. It’s still history…to me anyway

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Alien Ranch

And finally, I arrived at Bombay Beach. So little of what made this place popular remains. It’s almost all gone. The water has receded far beyond the Pile Posts which really feels odd to stand where I would have been quite wet just 2 years ago and far beyond that. I didn’t expect much of a sunset, but boy did one develop

Here’s a little more of that art stuff

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Bombay Beach

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Bombay Beach

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Bombay Beach

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Bombay Beach

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But, as I said, nothing remains static at the sea. A new “remnant” showed up. Of course no one knows where it camea from, well of course probably the locals know. But no one “says” things just appear as did this Old Sail Boat, half restored then….as always…abandoned…at…The Sea

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The sun set and the winds whipped up to 30 – 50MPH gusts and that ended my trip to the Sea, It’s the same, It’s changed, it evolved and goes back to where it came. It’s…The Salton Sea

Hope you enjoyed

PT