I <3 Salton Sea & Salvation Mountain

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:

Sandwiches and Arnold Palmers at Chimney Brick Toast Coffee House in downtown LA.Our yummy sandwiches and Arnold Palmers. We were surprised at how tasty the salad was with the addition of pepper. I’ve now added pepper to every salad I have.

Menu at Chimney Brick Toast Coffee House in downtown LA.Menu at Chimney.

And then it was a three hour drive down to our adventure:

A multitude of windmills along the highway.I was fascinated by the astounding number of windmills along the way. It was so surreal.

Free Caramel frappuccino at Starbucks with my rewards card. 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!

Salton Sea

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:

Animated gif showing a panoramic view of the Salton Sea.I took a rough panoramic sequence of the salty place.

Walking along the Salton Sea.What I wore for the trip. It was the first time I’d worn this UO crop top, even though it was purchased a year ago. It may be the most skin I’ve ever shown in my life sans swim suits. o_O

Outfit of the day: Urban Outfitters pink lace crop top, Forever 21 blue denim shorts, White Dr. Martens classic 1460 boots, La Marelle bow necklace, gifted bronze bus necklace, Forever 21 pastel matryoshka necklace.

Outfit of the day: Urban Outfitters pink lace crop top, Forever 21 blue denim shorts, White Dr. Martens classic 1460 boots, La Marelle bow necklace, gifted bronze bus necklace, Forever 21 pastel matryoshka necklace.

Ren's white dr martens boots on the beach by the Salton Sea.UO crop top // F21 denim shorts & matryoshka necklace // Dr. Martens boots // La Marelle bow necklace (gift)

Shamis at the beach by the Salton Sea photographing shells.

Shamis holding two shells in his hand.Shamis got really excited at the shells that populated the beach. “They’re so pretty!” He exclaimed, as he pocketed two of those.

We later found out the horrific truth of those shells. Behold:

Camouflaged fish bones at the Salton Sea.

Camouflaged fish bones at the Salton Sea.These fish were everywhere. I’d actually forgotten about seeing them in Fitz’s photos.

The Salton Sea.

Calm waters at the Salton Sea.

Shamis and Ren at the Salton Sea.The ground was very mushy, by the way. It felt gross to walk along the shore.

Fish on a pike at the Salton Sea.

Salvation Mountain

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!

Salvation Mountain.

Self-portrait at Salvation Mountain.

'God is Love' postbox at Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.Memories of being in a choir at a catholic school surfaced when I saw The Lord’s Prayer, and I couldn’t help but sing the hymm to Shamis, who hadn’t heard that particular tune before.

Salvation Mountain.

Shamis and Ren at Salvation Mountain.

Yellow Brick Road sign at Salvation Mountain.

Caravans by Salvation Mountain.

Shamis and his floral wreath at Salvation Mountain.

Shamis photographing Salvation Mountain as the sun set.

Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.

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Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.

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:

Night sky in the desert.

Night sky in the desert.I was so excited to be seeing a crescent moon on these bold colours!

Back to the Salton Sea

True to his word, the sky was amazing:

Night sky at Salton Sea.

Night sky at Salton Sea.

Night sky at Salton Sea.

Night sky at Salton Sea.

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:

Ren by the Salton Sea at dawn.

Sunrise at the Salton Sea.

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:

Shamis' Nintendo 3DS XL remains by the road.

Shamis' Nintendo 3DS XL remains by the road.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.

Animated gif showing the sunrise over the pink mountains at the Salton Sea.

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