I live for road trips.
Over this long weekend I managed to spend time in LA, Palm Springs, and briefly San Francisco. I even saw the Cabazon dinosaurs from Pee Wee!
Not too long ago, I stumbled upon this video and knew I had to find this desert heaven and of course photograph it as much as possible. The Sulton Sea is the largest inland body of water in California and interestingly enough it was a complete accident. Soon after it was created by a flood in 1905, a thriving resort town popped up and flourished for a period of time as the “Palm springs with water”. Due to a lack of outflow, fluctuations in water level, and the overall ever-increasing salinity, the area is now essentially uninhabitable. The town itself is constantly being flooded and suffers extreme droughts. The wildlife is slowly dying off species by species and is projected to be completely wiped in the not too distant future. By the 1960′s nearly everyone had cleared out abandoning this sad american dream. These days it is pretty much a post apocalyptic alien landscape made up of rotting forgotten homes and littered with dead fish. The most unsettling part however, is the fact that some people do still live here. The whole story is so fascinating and the feeling when you finally arrive after driving hundred of miles into the desert is unparalleled. I couldn’t help but think of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and as much as I wanted to spend more time here the sun was going down, and to be honest I was pretty freaked out…
Outsider artists like Henry Darger have always fascinated me so of course this magical and windy wonderland was our final destination. An absolute feast for the eyes! You can learn all about that madness here.
On a side note, I really am lucky to have such stylish megababes for friends. Thanks for being so hot ladies!