2a. At the blue signThis was one of our ﬁrst stops on our trip. The sign looks crooked, but it is actually straight. It looks like that because the ground underneath it is uneven. This marked the beginning of my gorilla adventures.
2b. At the visitor center This is me striking a pose at the visitor center. Kaitlin and Malereywere inside looking for the ranger while Max and I took this picture. I consider this a favor to the camera because of my stunning face.
2c. With a creature This is me with birds. This was the only time during the trip that we sawa large group of ﬂying creatures so we quickly took turns getting a picture with them. Apparently, birds don’t like living in the middle of nowhere in heavily polluted water. I never would have guessed.
2d. Shaking hands with rangerThe ranger was a very nice lady. She shook all of our hands, and then got back to work after we were done interrupting her. I heard thatthe ranger talked about me to other groups of students, so I’m glad that my mask made an impression on her. I plan on taking over the world with the mask some day.
2e. At the boat rampThis is the boat ramp where we found all the dead ﬁsh.You can see them to my right (the picture’s left) if you look closely. The ramp smelt like salt water times one billion.
2f. With the ﬁshermanThe ﬁsherman seemed very confused when an individual in a gorilla mask came up to him and took his ﬁshing pole. I reassured to him that I was human by removing my mask.
2g. Holding up a ﬁshThis was one of the many dead ﬁsh that we saw on the edge of the water at this particular boat dock. It smelled terrible. Conﬁrmed dead. It wasn’t just lack of deodorant.
2h. Air quality stationI don’t know if I got the two air quality stations mixed up, so I put this one here just in case. Insert same paragraph for the last air quality station here.
2i. On the beach looking at sandThis is me crying because Kaitlin is abusive. Also, the sand is made out of dead ﬁsh. Thanks for the heads up Mr Wehler. This happens to the ﬁsh because the water’s salt content is extremely high, effectively killing the ﬁsh and turning them into ﬁsh dust.
3. Mecca Beach Sign This is the sign for Mecca Beach. As you can see, it is labeled as a state recreation area.This is not true. It is basically just a desert with dead animals and dirt. Maybe it was a recreation area ﬁfty years ago, but not anymore.
4. Corvina BeachThis is the Corvina Beach sign. As you can see, it is anotherfailed recreation area. There is nothing but dirt and polluted water at this one. Deﬁnitely fun for the whole family.
5a. Bombay Beach SignThis is the Bombay Beach Sign. It is most likely named as a derivative of ‘bomb’,since the idea of having a beach here ‘bombed’ after the water became a salty mess that nobody wanted to get within one hundred miles of.
5b. At the air quality test station This is a picture of us at the air quality testing station. According to the person we asked, it’s no longer in use, probably because they gave up testing the terrible air at the Salton Sea. I don’t blame them. I also noticed thatthe fence was perfect for honing my gorilla-wall-climbing-skills.
5c. Pirate’s AlleyIn all honesty, I don’t remember what Pirate’s Alley was.You can just go ahead and mark me down for this slide.
5d. At the ski inn. The ski inn was an interesting place.The people inside were already drunkand it wasn’t even noon. It is quite the lifestyle that they have embraced.They were funny though, so I will give them credit for that.
5e. In the Ski Inn The name is misleading. It isn’t actually an inn, and as soon as you’reinside, you want to get out. We hung around just long enough to take a picture, and then we ran back out to the car.
5f. The prettiest house This house won by a lot. All the other houses consistedof broken windows, missing doors, and dirt. It wasn’t even a contest choosing this one.
5g. At the old marinaThis is me walking back from the end of the marina. The smell washorrible. It would be torture to make someone stand out there formore than twenty seconds without an air freshener stapled to theirface. Standing out there was the equivalent of locking yourself in a refrigerator full of ten year old rotten milk.
6. Spa SignThis is us outside the entrance of the resort. Malerey isn’t actuallyholding me on her hand. It is an illusion. I will tell you the secret on how it was done if I can have an A.
6a. At the market I stopped to take a nap at the market while everyone else wentinside. The pavement was hot, and it burnt my arms, but that is a very small price to pay for a few minutes of sleep.
6b. In front of Gilly’s It wasn’t called Gilly’s anymore, so I hope this counts.We got a lot of confused faces when we kept asking where Gilly’swas. Eventually we found a person who had lived there for a while, and they knew about Gilly’s. It took a lot longer than expected though.
6c. Prettiest houseWe weren’t allowed to go very far, so this was the prettiest house wecould ﬁnd within our limits. It’s not great, but it worked well enough for what we needed to do. Notice my expertly executed ﬁsh face.
6d. At ﬁrst tee This was a very unusual golf course. At ﬁrst we were looking for something that actually had grass, but then we realized that it probably wouldn’t have grass since it was in the middle of a desert.After asking for a lot of directions, we found our way to the ﬁrst tee.
7a. Rattlesnake SignI hid from the camera in this picture. This is a sign telling usto beware of rattlesnakes, however it was winter so I thinkwe were safe. I don’t think the rattlesnakes wanted to mess with me anyway.
7b. At the info kiosk This is us at the info kiosk next to the rattlesnake sign.I was looking in the yellow box for rattlesnakes, but I couldn’t even ﬁnd one. They are really good at hiding.
8. Mud volcanoes The volcanoes shot mud up at our faces so we couldn’t get too close to them. This is me standing next to one. We also had one of our onlyhuman encounters here. It wasweird actually seeing someone.
9. Niland Sign I don’t really have much to say about Niland.It was mostly deserted except for a few trailers, and we didn’t stay there very long. I can comment on the sign, though. It has nice colors, and is pleasing to look at.
9a. Buckshot Diner This is a picture of me sitting in front of the door at the Buckshot Diner.The guy tried to get inside while I was having my picture taken, so we took the picture really fast and then ran away to avoid being chased down by his posse.We went inside momentarily, but we didn’t eat there because we were short on time.
9b. Niland Fire Dpt. This is us at the ﬁre department. There was a tiny dogrunning around while we were there. I got a few pictures ofit but I lost them. Apparently some other groups saw it too.
10. SM Sign This was the beginning of our journey into salvationmountain. There were a lot of strange individuals there, but Iguess I’m not one to judge since I was invading their habitat. They seemed to be enjoying their time at the mountain.
10a. On the stairs This is me standing on the stairsat Salvation Mountain. It was a really strange place and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. It was cool, but it creeped me out. The guy who builtit must have spent a long time on it.
11. Slab City SignI ventured inside the box while everyone else stayed inside. It had some weird writing and smelled like poop. Deﬁnitely a multi-sensory experience. All ages recommended.
11a. Shoe Tree I tried to throw my shoe into the shoe tree. Luckily, it didn’t stay. I would have lost my shoe forever! We wenthere right after Salvation Mountain, since we saw it on the side of the road.
11b. Christian Center This was the Slab City Christian Center. It said “allwelcome” but we didn’t dare to step inside. I’m sure it was a nice place, though. We just didn’t feel like picking a lock and sneaking in on that particular day.
11c. At the range sign This place was interesting. It seemed like a miniature theater that people would perform at a long time ago.There wasn’t anyone there, but I’m assuming that it used to be a pretty cool place to hang out on the weekends.
12. IID Wetlands Sign This was the best sign ever. It worked as a perfect shadefrom the sun, and explained how it planned to preserve theecosystem. It killed two birds with one stone. I wish I could be as good as that sign.
13. Desert Shores This was Desert Shores. It was a nice place to end our day.It had a better look to it than the rest of the desert, and it didn’t smell bad either.
13a.VFWThis was a cool site to see. It reminded me of my grandpa since he served in World War 2. We hung around here for a few minutes and looked around.
13b. Church by the SeaWhen we stopped at the church by the sea, I sat down and prayed that I would get an A on this assignment. We will see how that turns out.
13c. DSFDThis was us at the Desert Shores Fire Department. We happened to be there when the ﬁre truck was parked inside. A lot of groups did not get to see it, so we were fortunate.
14. Salton Sea BeachThis was us at the Salton Sea Beach entrance. Max almost died here.Kaitlin’s mom saved him from getting run over by a car. He needs to look both ways before crossing the street.
14b. At a picnic tableThe picnic tables at the Salton Sea Beach were sunk half way intothe ground. This sand was also made out of dead ﬁsh. If you look to the right, you can see Max rocking the Justin Bieber hair.
15. Red Earth CasinoThis is us at the casino. I was planning on going in and winning some money, but apparently there is an age requirement when gambling. We could have gone home millionaires.
16. Salton City Welcome This was the welcome sign for Salton City. It is kind of ironic because we went here when we were leaving. Thesun was almost down, and we were on a mission to ﬁnish up the last of our pictures.
16b. West Shores RVThis was one of our last stops on the trip. We were all tired as you can see by Max’s questionable actions. I’m not quite sure what he was doing, but it was probably pointless.
16d. High SchoolSomething tells me that our high school might have a little bit higherstandards. I don’t know for sure, though. That’s just what it looks like from the outside.
18a. Food MartIt took me so long to perfect this move that it would be cruel to not give me extra credit for this slide. It was harder than it looks, Mr Wehler.
20. Geothermal Plant This is me at the geothermal plant.We weren’t allowed to get a full tour, so we just stood there acting like we belonged, and they didn’t get mad at us.
20a. (Semi) Tour of PlantThis was us in the geothermal plant. Max stepped over the yellow line before this picture was taken, and panic was induced. They quickly told him to step back over the line and to be more careful. I don’t think they liked us.