April 22, 2012

Salvation Mountain

So, I thought we were going on a road trip to Area 51, a place David was curious to check out (or so he had said, hehe). It turned out that my amazing husband took me on a surprise trip to Salvation Mountain instead!!! :D He knew I REALLY wanted to go, so he looked into it, filled the truck's tank with gas, made some sandwiches to eat on the road and hit the gas :D.

Yes, this post calls for huge pics :p.

Salvation Mountain is located in Niland, Southern California; it borders both Arizona and Mexico and is over 150 miles (241 km) from home. It's one of the landmarks that have struck me the most (and probably my favorite so far), and yet not all Californians seem to know to about it.

It's really interesting to see even if you're not that into religion; trust me, David is agnostic and still really enjoyed our visit there.

The mind and heart behind Salvation Mountain is Leonard Knight. In an attempt to spread God's word, he started building this monument out of adobe clay, straw and donated paint in the mid-1980s. It's estimated that over 10,000 gallons of paint have been used so far.

Leonard Knight, now 81, lived here until the beginning of this year. His family finally convinced him to be taken care of in facility nearby. He was very friendly to visitors and according to one of David's friends' brother, who was lucky enough to meet him last year, he's one of the humblest people he's ever met and never spoke a word about religion during his visit.

This is the story of the place in a nutshell; if you'd like to find out more about Leonard Knight, please refer to the official website. All I can say is I really enjoyed visiting this peculiar location, so if you live in SoCal or happen to be driving somewhere near Niland, I say, don't hesitate to go! There are a few other places of interests and regional parks, but I'll leave that for a later post. Now, on to the more photos taken in Salvation Mountain! ;P

Yes, it was very hot; mind you, this is located in the middle of the desert.
By the way, have I ever told you that I thought the desert here in California was like the Sahara Desert? :/ Totally ignorant, I know. When we drove to Nevada, I remember asking David, "When are we going to drive through the desert?" as we were driving through the desert, haha! My in-laws go to Glamis, Arizona, very often; there are dunes there, so I wrongly assumed all the deserts looked like that ...

I think this is the only photo of us together :/ ... Because of course we forgot to bring the tripod!

There's lots of color outside as well as inside the mountain.

There's color even on the "ceiling".


As you can imagine, we took a zillion pictures of the place, but I think this post is photo heavy enough already :p. You'll see more of it later this week.

Hope you've all enjoyed the weekend and are ready to start a new week with a huge smile! ;D


Chrissy said...

Wow, so beautiful all those colors! And you look gorgeous! How sweet of David taking you on a surprise trip! You are very lucky! Hugs xxx

Katrin said...

I have read about it and I would love to visit it too!
Thank you for the amazing pictures!

chantilly said...

i was just stumbling across some pictures of this place yesterday! what an amazing, unique place. i wish i could visit someday. i'm so glad you got to go! xoxo

Naila Moon said...

I too have heard about this place but certainly enjoyed reading about it through your eyes and words.
~Naila Moon

Sian Lile said...

amazing! the pictures are so fantastic - i have seen pictures in books but i would love to go. isn't it in that film 'into the wild' too? (although that film traumatised me)

lisa said...

Yay, I'm so glad you got to go! Isn't that area such a trip? It's really hard to choose what pics to show too, since it's so colorful and artistic. What a fun surprise!

IFeelCook said...

Such a nice place!

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Wow Miki! that is amazing! So fun and colourful. I had seen a picture of this before but only of the main mountain, I never knew it had insides and everything, how awesome.
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Amylou said...

Miki!! I've seen some photos of this place, but never so many details! I love all the colors on the celing and that is a neat photo of you! Gosh I want to go now! :)

Lindsey said...

Ahh, I've heard about this place, it seems like a lot of fun! Really eclectic, but gorgeous at the same time.

Kirsten said...

I've seen images of this place for awhile now. Sooooo weird! But awesome. It must have been cool to actually be there.

Marisa Noelle said...

What an amazing place! I've saw photos a couple weeks ago on another blog and it looks so beautiful and intriguing. Such a heartfelt story behind it as well. One of these days I hope to visit the West Coast...this will definitely be on my list of places to go:) Gorgeous photos Miki! Looks like you had a lovely sweet of your hubby to surprise you like that.

erica marie said...

This place looks beautiful.

xo erica

A Peachy Life said...

Salvation Mountain looks amazing! I live in Pomona so it is also about 150 miles away from me but I hope to make the trip this summer (if it's not too hot..which it probably will be haha)

Corina said...

Love the pictures! Cool place, Miki!
Thanks for sharing them :)

Tresa said...

I am so glad you linked up to "Free Pretty Things for You", otherwise I would not have found this blog post. I am so intrigued and would love to visit there someday. Thank you for sharing!


p.s. you made me giggle a couple of times :)