Ryan C.


From Rock-A-Hoola, we made our way to Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, CA. Right off of historic Route 66, Bottle Tree Ranch is the creation of Elmer Long. Over the past few decades, he’s created hundreds of bottle trees and pieces of folk art which make up this unique forest. We pulled up to the entrance in the late-afternoon. The property is free to enter, with a box near the front gate for tips…. Read More

After Zzyzx, we hopped back on the freeway and continued south. Our next stop was an abandoned waterpark, along the 15 in the Mojave Desert. Lake Dolores Waterpark was built in the 1950s as a private resort. In the 1960s, it was opened to the public until it closed in the 1980s. In 1998, the park was re-opened as “Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark.” Since then, the park has changed names and owners several times. But all attempts to re-open the… Read More

I just spent a week in Las Vegas for work. At the end of the week, I carpooled back to Los Angeles with my friend and coworker, Anne. We made a road-trip out of it, and stopped a few places along the way. Our first stop was Zzyzx, CA. I’ve passed the sign for “Zzyzx Rd.” many times in the past on my way to Vegas, but this was the first time I’d actually… Read More

This past weekend, my brother-in-law and I took a walk down Euclid Ave. in Ontario, CA to take some photos. Below are some of my shots from the trip.

After exploring the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Slab City, and Pioneertown, we made our way to Twentynine Palms. We had to follow a few dirt roads with spotty GPS to get there, but we made it to our rental house – a rustic 1950s-style cabin in the middle of the desert. We settled in for our first night, fired up the BBQ, and watched the stars from the hot tub in the backyard. The next morning, we… Read More

From Slab City, we made our way north to Pioneertown. Built in the 1940s, Pioneertown was created as a live-in Old West motion picture set (#). Filming has declined over the years, but the town still has a population of about 340 (341 according to a sign we saw). We took a walk down Mane Street, but most of the businesses were closed, and we didn’t see anyone else around. Still, the drive… Read More

We set out from Bombay Beach headed towards Slab City. Slab City, referred to as The Last Free Place in America, is an “off the grid” community not far from the Salton Sea. We took a slight detour along the way, and ended up exploring a large abandoned warehouse. After I had my fill of graffiti and asbestos, we hit the road once again towards our original destination. The land that Slab City sits on was once… Read More

Our next stop was one of the original Salton Sea resort towns. Incorporated in 1929, Bombay Beach was once a popular tourist destination. When the tourists left, so did local businesses and most residents. In the years since, large parts of the town have been destroyed by flooding. But there is still a small population living in town. We drove in, and passed the Ski Inn and a small market – which were the… Read More

A few days ago, Alanna and I took off into the desert for an impromptu honeymoon road trip. Along the way, we stopped at the Salton Sea. After all, what better place to honeymoon than a beach resort town? There’s just one catch – while once a thriving vacation hot spot, towns around the Salton Sea are now mostly abandoned. Bear with me for a quick history lesson… In 1905, the Colorado River broke its levees… Read More

The new Monrovia Gold Line station has been a recent interest of mine. The platform is adjacent to the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot. The Santa Fe depot was built in 1923 to replace a wooden structure that was built in 1886 by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad. This station was one of many stops along the westward expanding railroad system. It remained in service until 1972, and has… Read More