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Half Buried in Mud

 

Under the Water


Before I get into telling you all about Bombay Beach today I want to talk about yesterday.

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Since arriving in California the beginning of November we have had little rain but yesterday the rain came and with it the wind, and I mean WIND. We had to retract our two slide outs on the windy side of the trailer. We have been in much worse but it makes for a miserable day. What made matters worse is that the wind blew over our satellite dish for our Directv and bent the dish. I called Directv last night and they are sending someone out on Monday to replace it...at no charge...I took out their protection plan in July when we started our service and for $6 a month it sure has paid for itself so far.

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Now on to Bombay Beach.

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From what I have read about BB the most frequent term used in describing it is "post-apocalyptic wasteland". The entire town is both disgusting and amazing at the same time. The population is only 295 and why they stay is beyond me.

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Bombay Beach was founded in 1929 and was going to be maybe like Palm Springs but with water and boating, skiing and fishing. It was in its heyday during the 50's and 60's but with 2 storms that hit in '76 and '77 that actually washed a waterfront shoreline bar away along with a nice mobile home park started the devastation that was to come.

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A earthen berm now protects the west end of town but the remainder either sits submerged in water or is half buried in mud. Most of the residents use golf carts to get around town since the nearest gas station is many miles away. Believe me, it looks like a war zone. It breaks your heart to see what condition a "California Riveria" can become and like Judy said today it would take an act of God to reverse the damage. She was referring to maybe an earthquake to bring in a fresh water supply and a fisher to drain the bad water at the same time. Only time will tell the story of Bombay Beach.

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More entries to come in the next few days.

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More rain and gloom for today but we went for a hike to San Andres Palms Oasis while it was nice this morning. Judy sure enjoyed it and posted some photos of it on Facebook.

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Bob, Judy and Our4dogs



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