reply to post by davespanners
Ah, yes....the Salton Sea. Well known blight on the landscape, in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, California.
I used to live in Palm Springs....you can see, on maps, the proximity. Flew for a small commuter airline, based there (back some decades ago...).
Borrego Springs, just West of "Salton City" is another, more "out of the way" getaway venue.
One route the airline had was from Palm Springs, down to Imperial (further southeast of Salton Sea, near El Centro (border-town territory, with Mexico
of course)....Brawley the nearest "metropolis". LOL
From Imperial, would go over to Yuma and back....sometimes, even had layovers (overnights) in Yuma. Hopping place, you can imagine.
(Sidebar: Yuma was where that Southwest Airlines 737 with the hole torn in the fuselage decided to make their emergency landing, few months
Thing of note, reason I posted was for those Star Wars
fans...if you refer to maps, again....look East of Imperial, just North of Interstate
Highway 8.....in the sandy desert area, were some dunes and low hills....we flew right over the location shoot for "The Return of the
.....the scene in the opening, with the sand pit monster.....and Jabba the Hut's "sail barge"....
Looking at it, we found out which movie, and just wondered what in the HECK it was going to look like on screen.
I always wondered what fabulous hotel the cast and crew found to stay at, in the city of Brawley or Imperial!
Ah, Hollywood glamour.....
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