Salton Sea and Environs

Saturday was a good day. I got to explore the Salton Sea and environs. As many of you might know, the past 18 months have been hard. First, my son was murdered, and then I was diagnosed with cancer. Last November, I had a kidney and tumor removed. Prior to that time, I was leading a photowalk Meet-Up, in Southern California. I had to give that up, but was fortunate in that an excellent photographer was able to take over and keep it going, but I had lost my desire to lead meetups.

This week, I noticed that a local group was going to the Salton Sea. I had wanted to visit the area, but never made the time — it is about a three hours drive from here. The group is hosted my Rick Rosen, who has years of experience, not only as a photographer, but as a workshop leader, so I thought it might be fun – and I could avoid six hours driving, alone.

Our first stop was at Bombay Beach. After the Salton Sea, we visited Salvation Mountain and East Jesus, in the Slab City area. I’ll post a few photos from those locations in subsequent posts.

Face

Face

Bombay Beach

Tire

Bombay Beach

Old Pier

Bombay Beach

Salt Encrusted Pilings

Bombay Beach

Not Much Left

Bombay Beach

Trailer by the Sea

Bombay Beach

Open Air Concert Venue

Bombay Beach

The Band Arrives

Bombay Beach

Newly Decorated

Bombay Beach

Shade

Bombay Beach

Business Could be Better

Bombay Beach

Smooth Sailing

Bombay Beach

City Councilman

Bombay Beach

Ruins

In a few days, I’ll post images from Salvation Mountain and East Jesus.

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Hi Paul,

I really enjoyed having you along on this excursion. You have some great images here. I do look forward to seeing you again soon.

Rick

Thanks, Danny! Buy me that Cherokee, and we’ll go. 🙂

Dan Robison

I have been to the Salton Sea many times over the past 40 years but I have never seen the tourist sites that you have photographed. Next time you go, if you hit the old Bradshaw Stagecoach Trail from Siphon 22 of the All American Canal and follow it to the backside of the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, you can take the back entrance which is lined by telephone poles (a rarity in the rural rural deserted desert) and check out some tanks that were bombed to smitherines and this one are that shows the true nature of the San Andreas Fault because it looks like the inside of a volcanic crater but without the steam. If you take that road to the main entrance to the Gunnery Range by the Canal, you would be glad to have made the trip in a Jeep Cherokee so you can drive around the locked gate in the 12″ soft sand.

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