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Things have changed a lot at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since performances began there back in 1935. For instance, when it started out, the OSF included boxing matches along with the plays in attempts to broaden its appeal.
Since kayaking is a favorite mode of travel of mine, I was curious about exploring Salton Sea, California’s largest inland lake, which sits 228 feet below sea level in the Colorado Desert. Not dissuaded by its occasional piercing sulphuric stench, schools of dead fish, or stinging sandstorms, I drove up to its eastern shore and unloaded my gear, before paddling six miles southeast to a sparsely advertised kayak camp known as Salt Creek.
Back country photos from the fire by blogger Doc Searls provide a stunning context for the ongoing blaze. Also, latest fire update, which provides an estimate of 482 acres and 60% containment.