May 30, 2011

Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

This weekend I went on a very short camping trip with a large group of friends to Salvation Mountain and Slab City.

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

Salvation Mountain was created by Leonard Knight in 1984 as a monument to the message "God Is Love," and every day for over twenty five years he continues to add paint and adobe to sculpt the mountain.

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

Knight's incredibly friendly, calling out "Make yourself at home!" immediately when you step out of the car. At 79 years old, he doesn't stay out long, especially during the summer months.

Salvation Mountain Tractor

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

He estimates he's used more than 100,000 gallons of paint.

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

Although unauthorized as it's on state property, California Senator Barbara Boxer entered Salvation Mountain into the Congressional Record as a National Treasure work of art.

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

Close to the Mountain is Slab City, a decommissioned and uncontrolled former military base where squatters live without paying to park their RV's.

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011


From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

From Salvation Mountain, Summer 2011

I also took video of the Mountain, so I'm really excited to put that together this week.