Possible thunderstorms and forecasted high temperatures of 106 degrees are not keeping a man from walking 116 total miles around the Salton Sea this week – and all to raise awareness for the current state of the body of water and surrounding communities.
Randy Brown, a 47-year-old web developer of Rancho Cucamonga, will set out on Tuesday on his quest to be the first to circumnavigate the shoreline on foot in the summertime. He has spent the last year planning for the trek by scoping out the path and recruiting a team of people to follow him in four-wheel drive vehicles and a motor home (for him to sleep in at night). His crew will make sure he stays hydrated and fed. Brown raised $2,700 to fund his journey through a GoFundMe page – where he posted a very, very dramatic video:
The 6-day hike will be filmed with hopes to enter a completed documentary into the 2016 Palm Springs Film festival.
Brown had spent time at The Salton Sea as a kid, but when he returned 30+ years later, he was surprised at the state of things. “The water has dropped so drastically. The businesses, the gas stations, everything was gone,” he told The Press Enterprise.
Assuming that Brown completes his journey, there will be a finish line celebration with food, live music, a desalination demonstration and documentaries about the Salton Sea on Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Shore Yacht Club and Community Center in North Shore.
He will be posting updates on his Facebook page: