Trona is sort of "Zombie Apocalypse meets Mega Industrial Complex". You will find it very photogenic. I saw you on the list for the DV Noobs ride. Trona is a short ride from Panamint Springs campground, maybe 40 miles. Seveal miles past West Trona are the Pinacles which are Tufa formations that used to be under water in an inland sea. They filmed some of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek and other westerns there.
Looks like you hit Salton City. I ate at that restaurant maybe 8 years back. Vile food and god-awful tasting water. Great 4 wheeling and dry camping inland off of Marina Drive.
Some of the best stuff is on the other side IE: Salvation Mountain, Bombay Beach, Slab City, etc. If you are going back for an overnight, I might be interested in joining you. I haven't been there in years.
Then, while at WFO on my way up a dune, I understood. It was like the heavens opened up and I heard the voices of Angels.
Shortly afterward, I heard the voice of God. He said, and I quote, "Dumbass."