To the left is the Devil's Golf Course. When I first saw the sign pointing out this attraction, I drove on by, thinking it was actually a golf course (I have always had a bit of trouble taking everything literally). But I had this niggling suspicion, or common sense perhaps since there were no signs of a golf-course in sight, that perhaps this was some sort of joke. So I turned the car around and sure enough - no golf course. Instead was a sea of odd rocks covered in white formations - salt! So strange how something can look like a boring sea of brown from afar, but on closer inspection is so cool! No, although tempted, I did not taste the salt.
When I visited Scotty's Castle, the tours were finished for the day, so I wandered around the grounds on my own. I watched a short clip from a video which (completed unrelated) was talking about how burros were introduced to the desert and then abandoned after the mining operations closed down. These burros went on to thrive in the desert and have become a bit of a nuisance. Every year they are rounded up and brought to a farm in Ridgecrest (I stayed a night there on my way) where the public can adopt them. If only I had known this while I was in town!!! What kind of paperwork do you think I need to bring a burro back across the border? ;)