It feels like a million years ago now, but in another life, I spent a brief period of time as an art director on a film that my husband was producing. It sounds perhaps more glamorous than it actually was. About 20 of us spent a couple of months living in RVs and filming every day out in the wilderness. It was an absolute blast, yes, but loads of hard work and long hours. My biggest take away, however, wasn't the filming itself. It was the state of California. Up until that point, I hadn't ventured that far outside of Los Angeles. I had never been to the mountains or the desert or the sand dunes or the crater (yes, there is a massive meteor crate in the middle of the state).
And, more importantly to this story, growing up in Louisiana where water was often more abundant than we would have liked, I certainly had never seen a salt flat from a dried up river bed before. To be honest, the idea that water just dried up wasn't a concept I was all that familiar with. I mean, how crazy is that? Having only grown up in a very singular environment, getting to see all of these ever changing landscapes in a short two months was a dream. I fell in love with California during that experience and much of my Cali travels over the past year or so have been to revisit some of the spots I discovered on that ever so long road trip.
One such spot is the Soda Lake Salt Flats located in the absolute middle of freaking no where in California surrounded by nothing more than empty mountains and dirt roads. Unless you work in the near by oil derricks, I honestly can't think of a reason that you would ever stumble upon this little place. The major highways are miles away along with any other form of civilization. But, perhaps, that is the appeal that this place has always had for me. There is something so mysterious about this abandoned, desolate lake. It is both eery and moving all at the same time.
I suppose that is why I found myself back at this spot. I spent the afternoon walking around the lake, reliving our filming experiences here. You aren't allowed to walk out onto the salt flats. With that said, we may or may not have filmed in the dead center of the lake... may or may not. Can you imagine a full day in the Cali desert heat in the middle of a salt flat with the sun reflecting off of stark white salt? I mean, not that I did that... just speculating? Imagining....
Either way, if you are in the area, check it out. It is a pretty wild experience!