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    When you go don't miss the newly renovated marina and yacht club near the northern end on the east side. The historical society of Riverside County has cleaned it up and finished as it was during its heyday including the exact pint colors. It is a beautiful intro to the Sea and a cool respite from the hot winds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    A month or so after that I got a job in Palm Springs and commuted every day-in a car without air conditioning. I got used to it eventually.
    ...but it's a dry heat.

    I think I've been to Thermal and Mecca, which is nearby and not nearly as impressive as its namesake. (Given the desert location and large numbers of date palms, Middle Eastern-themed place names, etc., are widespread. One high school's athletic teams are named the "Arabs".)
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    I was there on a birdwatching trip back in 1982 when I was 19 years old. Man, you should have seen the ruins. Most only a few years old but completely abandoned. Large marinas, restaurants and hotels you could walk right into and go out on the large outdoor decks over the water (well, salty sand....the water was a few hundred yards away by then) with deck chairs, pools, equipment, etc. everywhere. Looked like it had been abandoned all in one day and everyone just stopped what they were doing one afternoon and simply left. I was into photography then but wildlife and bird photography and it hardly struck me to take any photos of the buildings or the abandoned scenes around me. With the kind of B&W work I'm into now I simpy curse myself I did not take more photos back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    I did not get it , If I am not wrong , We are talking about a desert. May be desert at the seaside ? Why it is left like it ?

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    It's similar to the Dead Sea. A large saline lake without no outlet, in the middle of the desert. Agricultural runoff water is its main source of replenishment except in wet years when mountain runoff (especially from the Whitewater River to the north) recharges it.

    I've taken pictures there a few times. It's important to protect equipment if there's much wind. Blowing salt particles get into everything. A cheap Tamron zoom I had sounded like a rock crusher upon trying to focus it after a trip down there.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
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    Also you'll probably never eat Talapia again...

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    A few shots, (not mine) including one showing Salvation Mountain.

    http://blogs.static.mentalfloss.com/...ves/26542.html
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I was there in early June 2011, all the really cool stuff in the Desert Beach area is GONE! The yacht club has been "restored' and is now a visitor's center or something. The abandoned hotel and pool are completely paved over.

    Maybe there some other cool abandoned spots, but the main attraction is now gone forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfclark View Post
    I've always wanted to go out there, and wondered if it was worth the trouble. On my one trip out to the desert, I got as far as Indio, which for someone raised in the East and now living in LA is a pretty weird place, visually. (No, I did not go for Coachella.)

    If anyone in the SoCal area wants to take a photo expedition out to the desert, let me know, I'd be willing to tag along.
    I would like to check out the place,but not till it cools down a little. Let me know when you head out there, I live close by Pasadena, and there are a couple of other local phototogs that would join in also.

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