Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Location: Salton Sea State Campground
This morning Yuma and I were done with all our duties around 9 o’clock and headed out. Our first task was to drive to Brawley, California to the Walmart and do our shopping. About a 50 mile drive.
Got that done and then headed the 20 miles north to Slab City to see Salvation Mountain. Been a few years since I’ve been there. Was going to stay the night, but the place was a zoo. Crowded and hot. Couldn’t find a decent place to stay the night, so we moved on.
As we were driving north on hwy 111 next to the Salton Sea, I was thinking. I’ve driven all the way around this sea this winter, but never stopped to see it. Today, we did. Saw a sign saying, Salton Sea State Campground 1/4 mile ahead and we pulled in.
Tonight, we’re spending the big bucks. $18 for the night right on the east side of the sea. Judy, from Canada is our camp host. Hope to see a nice sunset tonight. It has been quite hazy all day from yesterday’s wind. The sand is still high in the air making everything appear to be in a fog.
I took hundreds of photos today, but will save those for tomorrow. Got to get to our hike through the slot canyon off Sandstone Canyon.
We walked over the boulders and kept following the main wash after I Jeep could go no further. After the boulders, it was back to drivable conditions, but we weren’t going to drive. Walk time now.
Wasn’t long into our hike when I saw this smaller wash coming in from the left. Hoping this may lead to the top of the mesa quicker, we headed in.
Come on Dad! They’re just boulders.
Yuma keeps coming back to check on slow Dad. Glad he keeps an eye on me. Never know when I might fall and can’t get up!
Starting to see vegetation above us. Should be able to climb to the top of the mesa soon and get a look around.
Yuma knows the way to the top. I’ll just follow him.
We made it to the top. The wash just continues on and on up into the mountains, but we’ve hit our limit. My Fitbit says we have gone over three miles. That means three miles back! Hopefully, downhill is easier.
As I stand here, I can’t help but wonder if anyone has ever stood in this place in all of time. No reason to be here except to see what is behind that next bend in the wash. This is certainly desolate country, but beautiful in its own way.
That was our Jeep ride and hiking tour for the day. Hope you enjoyed the journey. Tomorrow, I’ll show you Slab City and the wonderful Salvation Mountain. And maybe, you’ll get the to see the sun setting over the Salton Sea.
See you later.