For a brief, shining moment, it was the epitome of California cool. The circle-skirt set of the 50's, tanned and vibrant, flocked to this manufactured "Palm Springs with water." Now, the once-thriving resort town of Bombay Beach is nearly deserted, its cheerful, alliterative name all that's left of those heady times. A skeleton pier juts out into the thick, stagnant water, and rotting fish line the sand where beach babes once sunned themselves. The Salton Sea is a lake stranded in the desert, slowly choking on its own brine.