We had a very exciting day today. We decided to drive about 120 miles through the Anza-Borrego Desert to visit the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake. It is the third largest saline lake in the nation. The Sea has no outlet. Its surface elevation is 227 feet below sea level. The average depth of the Salton Sea is 29.9 feet, its deepest is about 50 feet.
The creation of the Salton Sea of today started in 1905, when heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell and breach an Imperial Valley dike. It took nearly two years to control the Colorado River’s flow into the formerly dry Salton Sink and stop the flooding. As the basin filled, the town of Salton, a Southern Pacific Railroad siding and Torres-Martinez Indian land were submerged. The sudden influx of water and the lack of any drainage from the basin resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea.
We plan to go back in the winter and explore much more of this fascinating lake. It is huge and would take some time to see it all, it is 15 miles wide and 35 miles long. The temperature started out at 106 degrees when we first entered the desert. It was 112 degrees by the time we left. It was like being in a sauna every time we got out of the car. Ollie didn't even want to get out to potty. :-) We had to make him get out. He drank all of his water in his car dish and then emptied out two more at home. When we got home, he jumped on the couch and chilled. He never gets on the couch with us at home, but he did today.
We stopped at a couple of the campgrounds in the area to check them out. We saw a few hardy folks camping. I can't imagine camping in 112 degree weather, but it would be an awesome place for the winter months. On the way home we stopped to view some Camels at the Oasis Camel Dairy. Camel milk is not for me, but to each his own. :-) More later from California.