Thursday, 18 January 2018

California's Post-Apocalyptic Beach Town (21 Pics)

A completely abandoned tourist town where the beaches are covered with the skeleton remains of dead fish, yacht clubs full of birds, vacation homes that are long since vacant, and RV parks that have been abandoned for years. This place is called Salton City.

 Salton City can be found not even 60 miles from Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is full of beautifully maintained golf courses and 5-star hotels and resorts, but not even an hour away lies the completely abandoned Salton City. When looking at this abandoned tourist town from a distance, it still looks beautiful BUT when you get to the city itself, you can see and smell why it’s abandoned. Salton City was started as a resort town in the 60s and 70s and was thought of as “the next Palm Springs.” It was a great vacation spot for boaters, water skiers, and vacationers alike. They called it the “miracle in the desert”. There were vacation homes all about, and people enjoyed its beautiful beaches and yacht clubs while watching the sun set. 
 Because Salton City was not on the ocean it was a little confusing. Salton City was located by the Salton Sea which is the largest lake in California. It came about because of an accident. In 1905, there was flooding caused by the Colorado River and it caused flooding in the irrigation canals, which lead to the Salton Sink. The Salton Sink is 40 miles of deserted desert. After two years, the flooding stopped, but by then the lake had already been created. After 50 years, this lake finally became quite the vacation spot. The town had 15,000 residences, but had thousands of tourists visiting on the weekends.

 While the postcards and memories make this place an enviable vacation spot, that ended in the 1970s. For some reason, masses of fish were suddenly dying and floating to the surface. But what was killing these fish? The local authorities quickly realized that the local farms were allowing their agricultural run off to go into the Salton Sea. Because this lake wasn’t necessarily made on purpose, it did not have the proper drainage system in place or an ecosystem of its own to help keep it healthy.
 With the fertilizers from the local farms draining into the Salton Sea, it caused an overgrowth of algae. But when this algae died, it created a thick layer at the bottom and there was no oxygen. Because there is no oxygen, there was a bacteria that was eating all of the dead algae, which in turn created hydrogen sulfide gas. A little confusing, but as you can see, it was very, very deadly for the fish living in the Salton Sea. Hydrogen Sulfide is as toxic as cyanide and causes the central nervous system to shut down, making it so you are unable to breath. Hydrogen Sulfide was actually used as a poisonous gas during the first World War. This poisonous gas ended up killing up to 7 million fish at one time, but then the birds that ate the fish also got sick and died. The residents even stated that they could smell and taste this gas in the air. For a town that is trying to bring in the tourism dollar, this is definitely not ideal.
 After the fish and birds started dying, and the air smelled and tasted like gas, the tourists stopped coming. Because of this, the whole town basically shut down. Vacation homes were abandoned, buildings were stopped mid-construction, and even things like RVs and boats were just left behind. Most of the 15,000 residents have long left this tourist town, but still, a few hundred of them decided to stay behind.
 After being abandoned for decades, you can definitely tell the type of effects that the water, salt, and sun have left behind. 
 The RVs that were left behind look more like tombstones reminding residents of better times. This Airstream trailer above has been out in the environmental elements for 40-50 years and it has been completely consumed by its surroundings.
 The buildings are starting to fall apart, but you can imagine what type of tourist haven this was in the 60s and 70s. 

 Town of Bombay Beach, the most developed place on the shores of the Salton Sea. 
Like the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach was once a pretty nice place.
But then the sea started to burst its banks, regularly flooding large parts of the town. In the 80s, it became apparent that nothing could be done about it, so officials built a dike around half of the town and just let the sea take what it wanted.
Because of this, the shore is littered with dilapidated structures, falling apart as they sink into the ground. 
 The half of the town located on the dry side of the dike is doing slightly better. But "better," in this case, doesn't really amount to much.
 It seems like people left in a hurry. Most of the abandoned houses still have the previous owner's possessions in them. 
 Judging by the packaging on the food that's still in the cupboards, people bailed circa the early 90s. 

Most of the time, you can walk around Salton City without seeing another person. There have been plans to revitalize the town, building enough housing for upwards of 40,000 people. The government officials even gave this proposal a thumbs up, regardless of the environmental dangers. But as more years pass, the longer this once very popular tourist destination sits, abandoned and doomed.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

An Updated Look At The Cast Of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” (15 Pics)

Bianca Lawson as Kendra
She was only on for a few episodes, but what an impression Kendra — another vampire slayer with a weird Jamaican (sort of Jamaican?) accent — made. She’s become a total star with a recurring role on Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars.

Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn
Buffy’s little sister’s moved on to some high-profile TV roles after her time on the show — she played Georgina Sparks (a manipulative Upper East Sider) on Gossip Girl and had a main role on the short-lived Mercy.

Kristine Sutherland as Joyce
Buffy’s mom post-show credits include two films: The Cat Returns (2002) and The Perfect Wedding (2012).

Anthony Head as Giles
Giles! So smart. So wise. So protective. You were the best. After Buffy, Head mainly stuck to British TV, with roles on Little Britain, Monarch of the Glen, Hotel Babylon, and Dr. Who.

Emma Caulfield as Anya
Caulfield is probably best known for her role on Buffy, as a confused ex-demon. You may have seen her in a 2009 indie film called TiMER (it’s pretty cute and is on Netflix).

Nicholas Brendon as Xander
Post-Sunnydale, Brendon continued TV work. He played a pastry chef on Kitchen Confidential, was in a bunch of episodes of Private Practice, and has been a recurring character on Criminal Minds since 2007.

Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia
Charisma Carpenter, aside from having the best name in the world, appears to have not aged a day. You’ve seen her alllll over the TVs since Buffy. She went straight into the Buffy spin-off Angel and then popped up in places like Greek, The Lying Game, and Burn Notice. She’s also the host of Discovery Series called Surviving Evil, “showcasing inspiring women who fought back against their attackers.”

Seth Green as Oz
Oh my gosh, Seth Green. You’ve been on, like, every show at least once. One recent project you probably heard about was Dads, a Fox show which was canceled after one season.

James Marsters as Spike
No longer a platinum blonde bad boy vamp, James Marsters has moved on with his TV and music (!) career. He’s had three solo albums since 2005. He was, as you already know, a part of Angel, and had recurring roles on Smallville, Without a Trace, Torchwood, Caprica, and Hawaii Five–0.

Amber Benson as Tara
Benson played Tara, a witch who appeared in Season 4, who became a love interest to Willow. Benson has a very impressive resume post-Buffy, having directed/produced/starred in two of her own films. She’s also created a series of role playing games called Ghosts of Albion.

Eliza Dushku as Faith
Dushku played the troublesome slayer, Faith, and she reprised this role for a bit in Angel. She’s been amazingly successful, with roles on shows Tru Calling, Dollhouse not to mention a ton of guest appearances and movies galore.

Alyson Hannigan as Willow
Where would the Scooby Gang have been without Willow? But Alyson Hannigan moved on from Buffy with much grace. You already know this, but just to say it: American Pie, How I Met Your Mother.

Juliet Landau as Drusilla
Landau, who played Spike’s cruel yet weirdly child-like vamp girlfriend, also came back on Angel. After that, she did several episodes of Ben 10: Alien Force. She’s also had roles in a bunch of direct-to-video superhero movies.

David Boreanaz as Angel
Angellllll unnggghhhnnnngh. Thank god this sexy vamp never went away. He just turned into a sexy FBI agent on Bones.

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy
You know this girl. After kicking vampire butt, she’s never disappeared. She made a fairly high-profile comeback these past couple years when she executive produced and starred in The CW show The Ringer, which ran for one season only. Her next TV project, The Crazy Ones, also got canceled. Oh well, on to the next thing, right?