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On the beach: I’ve written here before about my fascination with the Salton Sea. A once-fashionable desert resort, it’s now, thanks to an ecological disaster there, a largely-abandoned collection of ghost towns. And while the eerie vibe has become an intrinsic part of the Salton Sea experience, I found this deserted playground at the North Shore, and the profound sense of aloneness I encountered there, to be downright apocalyptic.

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7 thoughts on “160/365

  1. Nice pic – profoundly bleak and eerie. Very reminiscent of the Ukrainian city of Priypat, abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. There are some infamous pictures of derelict playgrounds and a fun fair with a rusting Ferris wheel dominating the skyline.

    • Thank you, Steve. There is something disturbing about finding a children’s playground within such a context. Thanks for the info on Priypat (I’ll be sure to look it up) and thanks, too, for visiting my blog and for taking the time to comment.

    • There are indeed people who are working to save the Salton Sea and who are even hopeful of returning it to its former glory as a tourist destination. I met some of them at the newly-restored North Shore Beach & Yacht Club (now a history museum and visitor’s center) on my last visit to the area. Among the improvements thus far? The playground pictured above is no longer standing. That said, I would do plenty of research before investing in the area. The ecological problems there are daunting.

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