While we were in LaQuinta we made a drive down to the Salton Sea area and quickly decided we would really like to stop there for a few days. So, we moved Tana a whole 24 miles and managed to snag the last campsite at the Salton Sea State Recreation campground right by the Visitor's Center for the park. Full hookups, on black top, overlooking the Salton Sea. The park is 227 feet BELOW sea level.
Salton Sea is about 35 miles long, 15 miles wide. The California State Park page on the park and the sea is a good place to start learning about this "accidental sea". They tell us, "One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level". Wikipedia also has a very interesting page on the Salton Sea. Another fine collection of pages on the Salton Sea, as provided by the Salton Sea Authority. Start on that page, then, click around the links, when done with the links, click on HOME. I found the web site a bit confusing, some of the photos would not display, but still I found it to be very interesting reading.
I had hoped to walk the shore line and photograph the many types of water fowl that live here during the winter, sadly, there had been a "die-off" of Tilapia, and frankly my dear, the shore line was el stinky! I did get a few photos of some water fowl, they will appear at Reflection's Flora and Fauna sometime soon.
Here is what the Salton Sea looks like thanks to Google Maps:
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|Man with a handful of beach barnacles sand at Salton Sea.|
|Looking west, over Salton Sea at sunset.|
* You can read about the Fountain of Youth at this Motorhome site. We did a quick drive up to the area of the hot springs and campgrounds. We did not try out the hot springs. It appeared that the idea was very popular, the campgrounds were pretty much full.