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    Salton Sea ruins

    Where are the best ruined/abandoned buildings around the Salton Sea? I'm particularly interested in the things like the marina and some of the hotels that I've seen pictures of before, the ones with the funky architecture.

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    My first answer is that you're too late- even when I was last there three years ago, most of the stuff I'd seen in other's photographs was beyond photography IMO and new communities of boxlike housing were springing up driven I imagine my low land prices. That said the best of what there is is I guess round Desert Shores and Salton City on the west side, around Bombay Beach on the east side and theres the odd thing round Calipatria and Niland on the south shore. A decent view from round red island on the shore near Calipatria.

    The thing that absolutely is worth photographing round there is Salvation Mountain, a hand-made and brightly painted adobe "mountain" just east of Niland - on Beal Road IIRC. No matter how well travelled you may be, I wouldn't expect that you've seen anything like this before.

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    I think the land boom around the Salton Sea done busted along with the rest of the housing boom, so I bet a lot of that boxlike housing is vacant now (or was platted but never built out). I haven't been out there lately to check, though. But a lot of the "future that never happened" architecture is gone, true.

    Bombay Beach is a weird little place any way you look at it and should still have some abandoned sections. The northeast corner of the Sea in general has some interesting stuff; North Shore is a tiny little settlement that when I was last there seemed to sort of be a failed attempt at suburbia, and the International Banana Museum was supposed to open there in January 2011, which isn't exactly "ruined/abandoned" but about as odd as you can get.

    Sightseeing on Google Maps is actually a pretty good way to discover interesting things out there. Just be careful; not everything shown as a road is passable.

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    Take a shitload of water, it can be like a furnace down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rorye View Post
    Take a shitload of water, it can be like a furnace down there.
    and a sidearm ?

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    If it is hot as it told dont forget sun oil is essential or you turn to a lobster
    The hottest I ever experienced in the area was 124 degrees (51 Celsius) in 1994, and I was on a motorcycle. The engine heat on my legs made it especially difficult. I got to Palm Desert and up Hwy. 74 into the mountains as quickly as I could.
    The highest temperature in the state is often at a place just north of the Salton Sea called, appropriately, Thermal.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    The hottest I ever experienced in the area was 124 degrees (51 Celsius) in 1994, and I was on a motorcycle. The engine heat on my legs made it especially difficult. I got to Palm Desert and up Hwy. 74 into the mountains as quickly as I could.
    The highest temperature in the state is often at a place just north of the Salton Sea called, appropriately, Thermal.


    51 degrees , oh my god , unbeliviable , you are lucky that your motorcycle did not fail.

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    Liquid cooled. It ran hotter than usual, but never out of the safe range, even when climbing up the steep road out of the desert.
    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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    It is the Coachella Valley in Southern California. It's sandy in most places. The sand is beige, though the rocky hillsides in some places are many beautiful hues. Most natural vegetation is low growing, and unless the spring is a dry one, colorful displays of sand verbena, cactus and wildflowers (some tiny and very delicate) are visible many places. It's part of the Colorado desert, commonly called the low desert, as contrasted with the high desert, the Mojave.
    Most of the valley floor is below sea level, with the shoreline of an ancient sea visible on the mountainsides along the Salton Sink, in which the Salton Sea is located. If the surface of the Salton Sea were at sea level, much of the Coachella Valley would be covered by it, and people could have shoreline property in Palm Springs!
    I do have pictures, but none in digital form...

    My bike is an old one, a 1983 Honda V45 Magna (750cc). A road bike, powerful and smooth engine. Riding in 124 degrees F on the hot freeway surface is something I'll never do again. I did it that one time to feel what it's like-no need to repeat! I was very happy to be able to escape the heat by heading up to much cooler elevations-no way was I going to ride home back through the valley.
    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.

    I rode my bike in milder weather for a while but got tired of replacing helmet face shields from windblown sand. Not to mention getting tired of leaning hard to the left while traveling on the straight road off the freeway at 50 miles per hour when the wind was blowing hard. Made me a bit nervous, it did, what with cars coming the other way and all.
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    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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    The New Indian went bankrupt years ago, but its designs and the name were acquired by another group and they're building bikes again as Indian Motorcycle (not Indian Motocycle). Polaris, who make the very nice Victory brand of Harley-type bikes, bought Indian Motorcycle this year.
    The Excelsior-Henderson debacle was so sad...people with grand plans reviving a name almost no one remembers, and lacking the ability to make it happen. In contrast, Polaris started Victory from nothing but had the business experience and production knowledge to succeed.

    I like your plans, especially the inner tube and sail!
    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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