I’ve wanted to go to the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain ever since I saw photos that Fitz took two years ago. Thanks to Shamis, my con(vention)-buddy turned explorer-buddy, we both got to go for the first time this year!
First off, we had lunch at Chimney Brick Toast Coffee House, a place in downtown LA of which James, Des and Grace had raved about. I could see why they loved it so much:
And then it was a three hour drive down to our adventure:
Starbucks sent me a promotion code earlier in the week, which allowed me to redeem a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino. It was a little too sweet, but it was free. Viva USA!
We finally reached the Salton Sea. The smell of the sea hit us the moment we left the car, in 106 °F (41 °C) weather:
UO crop top // F21 denim shorts & matryoshka necklace // Dr. Martens boots // La Marelle bow necklace (gift)
We later found out the horrific truth of those shells. Behold:
Salvation Mountain was a little further up, about an hour’s drive I think. We got there just as the sun was about to set!
Exploring done, we headed back to the Salton Sea. Shamis had suggested taking photos of the night sky there. First though, a couple of photos on the way:
Back to the Salton Sea
True to his word, the sky was amazing:
We headed back to catch the Man of Steel movie premiere at ArcLight Hollywood. That was when Shamis realised that he had left his Nintendo 3DS XL back at the Salton Sea! He’d been using it as a tripod for his point & shoot atop the boot of his car. We couldn’t head back immediately though, since we’d already had tickets for the premiere. Once the movie was over, it was off to the drive-through Macdonalds opposite for a quick bite to last us for another three hours back to the desert. He offered to send me back home, but I thought it would be better if he had someone to talk to at such a late hour, especially since he’d been driving for the entire day already.
We saw the sun rise:
We couldn’t find his Nintendo 3DS XL at all, even after stopping by the nearby patrol station, and even the immigration security checkpoint down the road. We were so perplexed, since the Salton Sea wasn’t exactly populated when we went, and it must have been a stroke of rare luck for someone to have chanced upon it. I queried over the possibility of the non-slip grip of his Nintendo casing catching onto the boot of the car until he turned onto the road, yet we still couldn’t find anything near the mouth of where we turned into the Salton Sea until I spotted a badly-mangled black casing way down.
One and a half hours of walking up and down the side of the road for a stretch of about fifty meters, as we collected bits and pieces of electronics under the sweltering heat, and we had this:
It was a relief of sorts to have found the remains of his Nintendo 3DS XL, despite it being unsalvageable for the most part. The both of us thought that it was a better scenario than others we had envisioned… at least he could rest in peace now that he found the body, Shamis had commented.
To cap off an epic adventure, here’s a rough time lapse of the rising sun at the Salton Sea.