In the 1950s and 60s, Bombay Beach was a thriving resort around California’s largest lake, created by accident when the Colorado River overflowed in 1905. However, the lake had no drainage and almost zero yearly rainfall, so by the end of the 1970s the lake was polluted and saltier than the Pacific Ocean. Today, boarded-up motels, boat carcasses, and other remnants of the resort’s heyday surround the homes of the 250 remaining residents.
I love places with a story! After driving down a long dirt road, we arrived in Darwin. It was hard to tell of people lived there at first. Standing in front of the Darwin station, a man came walking over to us. He was an older guy, with a mac book air folded under his arm. He jad lived there since the 80s. He told us how everyone that lived there helped each other out. He told us to enjoy looming around and all the sculptures were ones he had made
As we walked around we came to be sure that it was an artist community of sorts. Undergroud homes, sculptures, creative displays everywhere, and unique structures. After we left we found a documentary about it. Come to find out it was more of a community of people escaping their pasts, ans wanting quiet amd acceptance.
the secret is not so secret after all.
you are not happy because you believe happiness can be found.
that if you keep revisiting the same old ghost towns
you will somehow build your life back
from the remnants of its dust.
The beginning of @maryjanelangphoto's magical mystery tour. We ended up arriving at M&D's theme park. It technically wasn't closed. That is to say the doors were open and the arcade games were lit up, but there were no rides open.
Most of the rides seemed to be going through some kind of maintenance or reconstruction (and those are coming next). It's quite a strange feeling to walk around a theme park when it's completely empty, especially with the rides half built.
But boy what a cool place it was, even in the dull, grey and slightly rainy weather. In fact, I think it probably added to the overall atmosphere. With the lack of people, it kinda felt like a ghost town.
I'm starting to understand now why some photographers are drawn to abandoned theme parks. I might have to see if I can find myself one to wander around with the camera.