On Monday, I shared a bit from my recent road trip to Joshua Tree. On the way back, we detoured south to check out the Salton Sea before our car broke down on the middle of a mountain (yup). The Salton Sea was formed by accident when some people diverted the Colorado River in the late 1800s and flooded the ancient salt flats.
In the ’50s, it became a happening tourist destination. Then the lake got so salty, algae blooms (from the surrounding farm/pesticide runoff) wreaked havoc and it became the ecological mess it is today. The “sand” is made up of fish and bird bones, as far as we could tell — and dead fish are washed up all over the shores. It’s eerie and interesting at the same time.
A few people still live in the ghost towns surrounding the lake, and there’s still an active parks department there… but it’s a pretty desolate place.
Snaps include the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the once-thriving town of Bombay Beach.