I am the first to tell you that I simply love to be by the water. As much as I was enjoying the sunshine, palm trees and sitting by the pool, I was missing the calmness of looking over a large body of water.
“Let’s take a road trip,” my husband declared.
We all hopped in the car and took off to the Sultan Sea, the largest body of water in California. It would be a nice change from the desert setting of Palm Springs I thought. I had images of fancy restaurants and seaside strolls. After all, we were going to sea, right?
As we drove near the coastline, I couldn’t help notice there were no “resort type “ towns. We drove into Bombay Beach, which consisted of a store, a bar, and several street blocks of abandoned mobile homes. I thought I was on the set of a post-apocalyptic movie. In addition, the beach was closed.
We drove on down the road still in the hopes of finding that perfect spot to enjoy. By now, I was getting hungry. We had lunch in a cute little restaurant in Niland. Nowhere near the water however and not exactly on the five-star best places to eat list. Later on, I found out that it was the only restaurant in Niland.
By now, I realized what most people already know. (I probably would have too, if I had done my research.) The Sultan Sea is nothing but a dead sea. No fish, no boating, no resorts. The pollution in the water does not allow for any sort of water recreation.
That being said, the trip was not a total waste. We did experience the eclectic art of Salvation Mountain and did stop in at Tommy Bahamas for a real meal on the return trip.
Most importantly, I got to spend another day with the people I love most! My family!
What will the next adventure be?