Less than an hour from Palm Springs, purely by chance of nature and her seemingly random musings, the Salton Sea is currently the largest lake in California. Yet is also one of the strangest areas I have ever visited. (And I make a point of seeking out the unusual.)
At some point, it became clear that this 'French Riviera' in the California desert was never really ever going to be.
The origins of the Salton Sea are somewhat confusing and there seems to be a natural cyclical force at work here. Still, you can't help but feel as though it is somewhat sad to see what might have been and what never was. The smells are fierce and the flies are numerous. I consider myself pretty hardy, but even I could not take an extended exposure to this place. It was fascinating and yet not a place I would probably ever return to.
Below is a you tube video that I feel portrays the area very well. I never did make it to the 'God Is Love' area. Remember to pause my music player.