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10 Things to See at the Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 8 comments

There is so much to explore around the Salton Sea, and I recommend planning a full day to see all the top sights. The Salton Sea is just a couple of hours outside of Palm Springs, and to make visiting the area simple for families, I have listed the sights to see along your drive through the desert. International Banana Museum It will be the first place to stop while on your way to the Salton Sea. Your kids will literally go bananas when walking into this quirky museum that is flooded with every banana. The museum is covered from floor to ceiling with dolls, trinkets, memorabilia and more. Salton Sea Bay Club After exploring the banana museum, then your next stop should be to the Salton Sea Bay Club. It is one of the weirdest sights where your...

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Exploring the Bombay Beach Ruins at the Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

Ever since helping my kids with a report on the Salton Sea a couple of years ago, I have been dying to visit. When planning our weekend getaway to Palm Springs, I carved time out of our schedule to visit the abandoned town – especially Bombay Beach. Bombay Beach is just a couple of miles away from the visitors center and is a must-see for families visiting the area. When we arrived at the abandoned ghost town, our kids were amazed. There are a couple of people now living in the area, but a lot of abandoned homes from the once popular vacation destination in the 1960’s. Along the edge of the water are multiple vacant homes that are covered in graffiti and a photographers dream. There are endless photo opportunities that I could have spent all day photographing....

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Funky and Fun Slab City

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

Slab City is a funky place that I could not believe existed until seeing it with my own eyes for the first time when visiting the Salton Sea. I had seen lots of unique pictures of the interactive art exhibit (community) and I couldn’t wait to explore it with my kids. Once we were done exploring Salvation Mountain we continued down the road about 100 yards to Slab City. It is a large community where artists live freely and create life-size art sculptures. At first we were a little intimidated to get out of the car and explore because we were not 100% sure if people were living in all of the mobile homes around the art sculptures. Then we noticed a sign that said, “welcome” and we began our exploration. I have to be honest that it was...

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Photo Tour: Salvation Mountain

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

I have always wanted to visit the Salton Sea. When our writer, Naz, visited with her family last summer I added it to our summer bucket list to visit this year. After a couple of days relaxing at a plush Palm Springs resort, we made our way into the desert for some family adventures. One of the #1 things I wanted to take my children to see was Salvation Mountain, and it was one of the most powerful pieces of interactive artwork that we have ever seen in our lifetime. While the heat was overwhelming…but our family took our time embracing the beauty of this cultural landmark. If your family is planning to visit the Palm Springs area this summer, then I highly recommend planning an outing to Salvation Mountain. Read all the details of what to expect and...

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International Banana Museum

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

While on our way out to explore the Salton Sea, a giant banana sitting in a lawn chair on the side of the road caught our eye. We pulled the car over to capture a picture and discovered the International Banana Museum. I’ll be honest that we were slightly (ok majorly) nervous about entering the museum. It looked like a run-down gas station. At first, I told my husband that I would go in first to check it out, and then he insisted that we all stick together. The minute we opened the door that looked like a door going into an underground club, we were surprised to discover a magical “banana” world. The room had literally gone bananas and was covered from floor to ceiling with banana memorabilia. There was a banana bar where the kids took a...

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Guide to Visiting Geothermal Mud Volcanoes or Mud Pots at Salton Sea

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 7 comments

What is a mud volcano? Mud pot? I honestly had no idea until doing research for our upcoming daily outing to visit the Salton Sea. What I quickly learned is that there are few places in the world to witness this phenomenon, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share experiencing it with my children. Getting there Everyone online had mentioned how impossible it was to get to the mud volcanos (rough dirt roads). What nobody has mentioned online is that there is a newly built power plant next to the mud volcanoes, and they have paved about 1/2 of the road (McDonald). Off Highway 111, turn on McDonald Road. Then make a left on Davis Road. The mud volcanoes will be on your left at the corner of Davis Road and Schrimpe Road (don’t take Schrimpf...

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Desert Family Travel Guide: Salvation Mountain

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Featured, Palm Springs, Salton Sea, Travel | 0 comments

About 10 years ago I purchased a book called Weird California which gives you a brief description of all the kooky places to visit in California from Bubblegum Alley to the Mystery Spot. Most of them made me chuckle but it wasn’t until I saw Salvation Mountain that I thought wow this place is magical.  So where is this mystical location?  Niland.  Before you hit google, Niland is east of Palm Springs, pass Indio then head onto Highway 111 towards the Salton Sea. From there you pass Mecca (not the holy land but sill I’m counting this as my visit) and go on for about 30 minutes more and tah da you’re in Niland. At first glance, Niland is a sleepy little agricultural town once known as a major grower of tomatoes.  With a population of roughly 1,000 people,...

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