Monday, February 12, 2018 – Location: Mountainside at south entrance to the Joshua Tree NP
Yesterday morning when Yuma and I took a walk around the American Legion it was just at sunrise. There had been a wind late yesterday afternoon and evening so this morning the sky was gold from all the dust in the air.
We were out of there and by noon we were approaching Slab City. When we turned on the road leading to it out of Niland, California, it was just a beautiful sunny early afternoon. As I approached Salvation Mountain in my RV, it is the first thing you see as you come in to Slab City and it really stood out against the stark desert!
Here’s the sign at the entrance just before you get to the mountain. I think this is new. Don’t remember seeing this last time I was here. Very nice!
As I walked towards the mountain, I could tell it was going to be crowded. There were people everywhere. It must be getting famous.
They allow people to follow the yellow brick road up the mountain to the cross and then walk down around the back side. Lots of people getting their pictures taken at the top, so you wait in line for your turn to stand at the top.
Must warn you. There is a lot of color around here and easy to get carried away with taking pictures. There are a lot of people here, so there will be an audience in my photos.
A painted truck sitting the parking area.
Here is where the yellow brick road starts at the mailbox.
I walked the yellow brick road like everyone else.
At the top I took a picture for a nice young couple from Texas and they did the same for me. Say “cheese”. Now to get down off this thing before I break my neck.
Off to the right of the mountain is a bunch of rooms with different biblical meanings. Very large and interesting. I think they have repainted a large portion recently. The paint looks so bright and fresh. It is just amazing what one man has done.
You can see from the people, the size of this thing is amazing. Kinda looks like a ship from this angle. See all the empty cans of paint?
Going inside the rooms now.
Looking up at the ceiling structure. Like a large tree with limbs everywhere. A waterfall coming down from above.
Here is a trailer all painted up.
I thought I could get through the photos in one day, but I’m overloaded as is. Finished with the mountain. So, we will continue with Slab City and my night on the Salton Sea tomorrow. Not many photos there, so shouldn’t have an overload problem. Hopefully, I will be all caught up tomorrow evening
See you later.