Here's what an October 2012 article in the LA Times had to say about Trona, CA, a small town that I drove through on the way to Death Valley: "David Clair was shooting a video on gold miners in the Mojave Desert when he stumbled on a run-down town that gave him the chills. Surrounded by salt flats, the town of Trona, off California 178 in the Searles Valley, was once a thriving Borax mining community that had been devastated after decades of layoffs. Stores were boarded up, windows smashed in and empty houses were littered with garbage. 'It was truly a scary and disturbing place with a post-apocalyptic feel to it,' recalled Clair, who was so inspired by the bleak town he decided to make it the setting for his first feature film, the ultra-low-budget horror flick Lost Lake." http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/16/entertainment/la-et-ct-onlocation-20121016
Neat description, huh? The town was weird enough (as the description mentions) that I was compelled to do some Google/YouTube searching on it. All weirdness aside, it supposedly is home to the only dirt football field in America outside of Alaska. Anyway, on the way out of town, I noticed a walking path paralleling the road with this colorful scene. I loved the color contrast against the dead-looking desert background.