Here are the olives already forming. It was really hot, but they like that even if I don't.
In fact, there is a military bombing range nearby too. Who knew so much was going on in the desert.
Soon they will put bags over the dates to keep birds from eating them.
I talked about the Salton Sea in a blog post on February 28, 2014. But I had never been right on the shore of it till last Monday. A quick review: It was created in 1905 by an engineering accident where irrigation channels were overrun by flooding of the Colorado River. The unchecked water ran for two years and formed a lake some 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. It was a low area that had salt mines, and there is no outflow. So naturally the water became salty, more so than the ocean. It became a popular recreation area back in the 30's and continued through the 70's. But the water became saltier and also had runoff from agricultural land, such that it was no longer fun to go there. Now there is no recreation on it, other than some pelicans who may find a fish to eat.
Now the water level is receding due to diversion of water flow into the lake for municipal water needs. Plus it's hot and there is evaporation loss. Here is a picture of thousands of fish that died years ago from the increased salt. So I would imagine that this probably affected family visits to the place.