Immediately following Anzo-Borrega, we set out to see the Salton Sea.
Here is a very brief explanation of The Salton Sea: The Salton Sea is a man-made lake of salt water that was created by accident. It was later turned into a real-estate gold mine that ended in disaster. The lake is so saline that it killed most of the fish living in it. Their bones are now pulverized, appearing to be, from a distance, white sand. The lake appears to be a beautiful blue but that is an illusion. It is the sky reflecting on the lake. The palm trees surrounding the lake are all but dead & the value of homes in the area have plummeted to the point that most home owners simply abandon their property rather than wait for it to sell. It’s created a haven for crystal meth users & a post-apocalyptic lifestyle for some of the locals. It is every bit as depressing as you might have thought.
Vice did an interesting documentary about it here & Val Kilmer was in a very, you guessed it, depressing & grimy movie titled The Salton Sea. I do highly recommend both. The documentary is wildly interesting & is the reason I knew about the sea in the first place. The movie is some of Val Kilmer’s better work. So, although I used the word depressing, I am actually recommending these films.
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Followed by: Joshua Tree!