The Salton Sea SRA
Trip Start Dec 27, 2009
54Trip End Apr 20, 2010
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'One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough
After trudging through shells - the walking was tough - we decided to check out the west side of the lake. After passing through the Imperial Valley and miles on miles of hot dry desert we were amazed to discover vineyards and intensive market at the north end of the lake. However, when traveling south on the west side of the lake we were soon back into desert-scape. This side of the lake is privately owned and years ago was someone's dream for lakeside development. There were miles and miles of serviced land - paved roads, electricity, etc - all with a view of the lake, but only a sprinkling of houses. I wonder if this was all part of Sonny Bono's dream to save the Salton Sea while he was mayor of Palm Springs, and later as a member of Congress? More likely it occurred earlier during the period when the Sea was a popular weekend and vacation retreat - before the high salinity of the water turned people awayThe World Without Us by Alan Weisman and the discussion of how long it would take for the earth to return to its natural state.
The sunset over the Salton Sea was yet another bonus.
We woke to clear skies and decided to take a shoreline walk in the other direction - we had discovered a pathway for easier walking. It was a treat as we could get up close to some of the birds using the Salton Sea as a resting place on their way north. The Salton Sea is on one of north americas major flyways so if you are there in the right season there is lots for the birder to enjoy. Even at this late date, there was plenty of action for us to enjoy.