The Ski Inn, one of only two bars in Bombay Beach, has been owned by Wendall and Jane Southworth for the past twenty two years though it has existed for over sixty. The community is 223 feet below sea level.
88-year-old Wendall opens the bar every morning at 6:50 in the morning with regular patrons already waiting for him.
Wendall was a mobile home transporter before he retired to Riverside, CA in the 90's. His friends who owned the Ski Inn at the time needed help so he stepped up along with his wife Jane.
Sharon, the owners' daughter-in-law, comes in at 4PM to take over bartending duties.
About ten years ago, someone asked if he could put a dollar bill on the wall and the owners said yes. Now, the main bar area's walls, ceiling, furniture, and jukebox are almost fully covered with dollar bills or foreign notes.
The regulars who live in Bombay Beach usually come in twice or so a day for a couple of drinks.
They talk to Wendall about everything - new purchases, annoying neighbours, fishing memories - and he always listens.
There are also the travelers who wander in. They either find out about the bar through the many documentaries about the Salton Sea or by just simply driving by.
The crowd at night is a little different with kids coming to play pool or just hang out. The bar transforms into a family restaurant vibe.
Newlyweds Ponzer and Elisha brought their friends with them for their honeymoon weekend. They have been coming to the area together for many years and stay at properties owned by their parents since the 50's or 60's.
As their group continues to spread out and establish families in various parts of the country, Bombay Beach has remained their common ground.
Drinks at The Ski Inn are significantly cheaper with $1 beers and $4 shots.
Part of the wedding party, Josh was at the bar early morning having Bloody Marys before breakfast. He soon returned to continue the party, which eventually led to a nap on the bench outside.
After many rounds of drinks, the newlyweds decide to take the party home.
The regular fixtures at The Ski Inn often find themselves in deep discussions about reviving the glory days of the Salton Sea, which used to be a hot tourist destination in the 60's.
Wendall and Jane Southhall take turns in bartending and dishwashing duties during the day.
Wendall leaves the bar at 4PM to get some rest and hands over his post to his son or daughter-in-law. The next day, he will open at 6:50AM to do it all over again.