I really didn’t know what to expect when I showed up at Salton Sea State Recreation Area, east of LA and about 200 feet below sea level. I’d heard it stinks, it’s a birdwatching paradise, it’s remote, there’s not much there, and so on, over the years. Figured as long as I’m heading east, I might as well check it out so I showed up and nabbed a site with power (yay!) and a short walk to the weird beach.
It’s weird because the “sand” is a combination of dead barnacles (sharp buggers, so shoes are definitely a good idea), dead fish, and some greenish brackish stuff that I’m pretty sure is either rotting kelp or rotting fish poop. Hard to tell and I wasn’t going to investigate.
However, and this is a big however, folks, it is gorgeous here. Absolutely utterly amazing views and light.
And there are trains. Long, long trains and while some people might not like the noise, I don’t mind it. Trains always make me feel like I’m on a journey, even when I’m not on them.
And the best thing about Salton Sea so far (all 5 hours I’ve been here…)?
PELICANS! White ones and brown ones! PELICANS!
Oh, and a beautiful sunset.
So far, Salton Sea is looking pretty good. And it’s not raining. At all. So far.