What an interesting side trip this was.. Not sure I'd recommend it unless you were going to educate your kids on how our actions affect lifestyles, but it was certainly interesting.
The 𝐒a𝐥𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐚 area. Did you know this sea was created by human error in engineering? It became booming paradise in the 1950's, but began drying up. The sea was sustained mostly by run-off from the area farms which contained fertilizers. Now, the beaches are blocked off and the the toxic area is mostly abandoned.
𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐦 farms to thrive in the area, but they too are drying up. They are on the northern end by Mecca. It was definitely cool to see how they were neatly planted.
𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 was definitely interesting to visit. Leonard Knight created this by adding gallons upon gallons of paint to items donated on this riverbank in his efforts to spread the word of Jesus. People have added to it over the years and locals see it as a majestic place to be with God. There were even a huge number of squatters living across the road from this mountain.
𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐨 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 was created when the area was thriving. It's a place that birds have come to rest during migration, and there are over 120 species of birds found here. It was a pretty walk, but distrurbing as they too live in a now-toxic environment.