Well, it appears that we are still on Arizona time...we were both awake before 5:30 and decided to get up. We'll probably just get adjusted to the time zone change and then this Sunday, daylight savings time starts...so we'll be back to "Arizona time".
It was a beautiful, calm start to the day...Steve went up on top of the roof and took some pictures...
So we wandered around, having a look at what there was to see outside.
"Thousands of years ago, Cahuilla and other California Indians occupied these lands. When they first arrived, the Salton Sink held a much larger body of water - ancient Lake Cahuilla - well above sea level. Cahuilla oral traditions tell of a huge freshwater lake, full of fish and teeming with abundant wildlife. Archaeological evidence of the ancient lake's existence comes from early house pits, middens and various artifacts found along former sandbars, creeks and washes."
I thought that the smell was from dead, rotting fish found all along the shoreline but apparently not (can't help but think it adds to it) but apparently its from the algae bloom. As the algae die, bacteria eat them up. These decomposers use up oxygen and emit stinky gases.
In the late 1950's, this area was hugely popular with thousands of Southern Californians flocking to it on Friday afternoons to enjoy a weekend of fun, sun and water play. Boating was so popular that a 15-lane boat ramp was put in. But the water became saltier and saltier as rivers flowing into it carried dissolved salts. When the water evaporates, the salts are left behind - millions of tons a year! Fighting salinity is one of the biggest challenges facing managers of the Salton Sea. Once this battle is won, the sea may flourish again.
This is day 2 of no happy hours (and thankfully we don't have the shakes)...which has been a rarity over the past five months...LOL! We plan on being here one more day...and then continuing north on Thursday. We may even catch up with Deb and Ray at Alabama Hills.