Nine years ago, in April of 2011, I met the most captivating man at a Dodger game. He was like no one I had ever dated, and he was everything I ever wanted. He was always open to helping me successfully complete my every whim, he never made me feel cray cray for 所有 the off the wall ideas I had, and he made me laugh... hard.
In the past nine years, our adventures have taken us to the most beautiful, and the most random of places, and it 所有 started with our very fist trip to the Salton Sea.
Well, I should say, it 所有 began in Palm Springs. He took me to Palm Springs for my Birthday. We had the time of our lives, and did 所有 the things you do in Palm Springs. We dined and dined, we wined and baked.. I mean 取暖 在阳光下，我们参观了美术馆和博物馆，最终，我们想看看人迹罕至的地方。
索尔顿海。生态灾难，反乌托邦荒原。索尔顿海（Salton Sea）由死鱼骨头和藤壶制成，上面有白色的沙滩，上面没有沙子。索尔顿海，孟买海滩遗址的所在地。索尔顿海（Salton Sea）是众多泥火山的所在地。索尔顿海（Salton Sea）是夏季炎热时一千只死鱼和腐烂鱼的恶臭之所。
It sounds awful, I know. But this haunting landscape set the scene for a newly formed couple to realize how absolutely perfectly they fit. We were simply blown away by 所有 of the sights. We spent an entire day exploring every nook and cranny. We took pictures and walked inside the ruins 剩下 behind.
索尔顿海位于海平面以下236英尺，这是1800年末一次灌溉失败的结果's。其要旨是，从科罗拉多河通过运河抽水，将水运往沙漠中的农田。 1905年，河水泛滥，冲破了堤坝，淹没了Salton Sink，创造了加利福尼亚州最大的湖泊。
Because the lake rests on a salt mine, the salinity of the water is 30% greater than that of the Pacific Ocean. Meaning, each time the salt level rises, it kills off thousands of fish and barnacles. And because there are no 底部 feeders in the Salton Sea, 所有 the dead fish, and fish and barnacle bones wash up to shore, creating beaches with sands made of bones.
尽管索尔顿海的创建是偶然的，但在1950年's and 60'它带来了很多好处。鱼类繁盛，由于鱼类丰富，鸟类蜂拥而至索尔顿海。 开发人员抓住了机会，建造了Salton Riviera。里维埃拉建于萨尔托海之一的孟买海滩'的海滩小镇。品牌一"沙漠中的奇迹，游艇俱乐部，旅馆，房屋和学校在索尔顿海沿岸如雨后春笋般出现，因为它已成为繁星点点的首选度假胜地。
Unfortunately, the ecosystem began to deteriorate in the 1970. No drainage in the lake, runoffs of pesticides from near by farms and various other conditions, made the lake uninhabitable. 的 Salton Riviera was eventually abandoned, and in its wake 剩下 ruins and decay.
Forward to January 2020. Hubby and I are no longer two kids exploring the world around us. We HAVE two kids who love to explore the world around them, just as much as their parents still do. 的 boys are six and four, and one of them has developed a huge interest in 所有 things abandoned.
所以，今年，我和我丈夫决定放弃我们的年度单身新年's trip, to take the boys to where it 所有 began. 的 Salton Sea.
My, what a difference nine years make. 的 re is now a $7 fee to visit the Salton Sea Recreation Area. And with a vibrant visitor 中央, it is worth the price of admission.
的 park ranger at the visiter 中央 told us that they even have paddle boat and kayak rentals on one of the shores of the Salton Sea; while the video we watched informed us that the Salton Sea, much like the Dead Sea, was now considered to have healing waters.
I'm not sure I believe 所有 that jazz, but I can understand what they are trying to do here.
Even Bombay Beach, once full of ruins and remnants of once upon a time, is being given new life by artists bringing attention the the small town. 的 interest and expression 所有 culminated into one big art movement called the 孟买海滩双年展 .
"The 孟买海滩双年展 is a renegade celebration of art, music, and philosophy that takes place on the literal edge of western civilization, at the shores of the Salton Sea. 的 Biennale, founded in 2015, 转变s abandoned housing, vacant lots, and decaying shoreline into a unique canvas for creative expression. Artists, philosophers, creators and makers across many mediums donate their time and talents to the volunteer-led happening.
的 n and now, the Salton Sea was and is bustling with treasures to be explored. 的 n and now, its shores did not and do not disappoint. We will make this trip again and again. With family, with friends, and alone, as we did 所有 those years ago.