Salton Sea, Someday

Via Metafilter, this fascinating Flickr set of a road trip to Salton Sea, a 60s resort destination in Southern California where holiday and watersports facilities developed around a giant salt lake but fell into abandonment and disrepair as salinity and toxicity in the lake increased. It’s got derelict buildings, cannibalistic wild dogs, a phantasmagoric man-made edifice called Salvation Mountain built by one guy in the desert with no electricity and no running water, and dinosaurs which are apparently part of some bizarre creationist fantasy agenda that dinosaurs roamed the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.

Apart from promising me weirdness and kitsch on a level surpassing even Haw Par Villa, it’s also a fairly short drive from where the Coachella music festival goes on. I MUST GO.