It's been a little over a year since my last really big road trip; must mean I am over due!!
These were a couple photos from a trip I took out with friends to Palm Springs. Because lounging and drinking by the pool would not suffice, we found ourselves exploring the surrounding towns.
Every time I visit the desert it reminds me of my youth. It's a strange place, fitting for the eccentric. So if i could live any where, the desert would be the top choice.
These creations by Claude K. Bell can be seen from the interstate. These dinosaurs are a reminder of a the kitsch architectural movement that built head turning structures to pull people off the freeways to stop at there establishments. The freeways were once lined with these campy structures.
These dinosaurs now greet the visitors to the Cabazon Dinosaurs, Creationist Museum.
Along side juggling the tremendous task of moving out of my studio space I decided that I needed to do some much needed traveling. Few days shortly after walking the stage I found myself on a road trip, destination Palm Springs. When I was a younger I had lived in the desert for quite sometime. When given the opportunity to visit, I ecstatically accepted the invitation!!
Palm Springs is a desert oasis infamous for spa get-aways, golf courses, and mid century architecture. Thus far, two for three is not bad.
As amazing as it was wading in the pool and soaking in the sun, especially with the breath taking California desert as the back drop, I was anxious to explore the greater valley.
With great recommendation we hit the road again and head south east for the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California. It was an ecological accident, a bi-product of channeling water from the Colorado River to the desert. For two years this portion of the desert was flooded. When the sea did not dry up, real estate developers saw an opportunity to market an oasis in the desert. The Salton Riviera as it was marketed became a huge tourist attraction. But because the sea's only source of replenishment was agricultural run off it quickly became toxic. The booming towns emptied, development stopped midway and what is left are ghost towns and beaches made of skeletons of dead fish.