Monday, January 31, 2011

ADVENTURE TIME: Salvation Mountain ((IMAGE HEAVY))

This is an ADVENTURE TIME! from many moons ago, but I think it's one of the best adventures I've ever been on, so I wanted to post it.

This past Halloween, my roommates and I went to Disneyland. On our way, we stopped at this roadside monument ("attraction" is no word for this place!) called Salvation Mountain. I heard about if from Elsie's blog years ago, and I've always wanted to stop by.

It's one of, if not the most, magical places I've ever been to!

I've edited only some of these pictures. It is so hard for me not to post all 160+ images I have of this wonderplace, but even so, it might turn out to be imageheavy.

The mountain!

This cart was decorated just as much as the rest of the mountain. So beautiful!

There were other carts, cars, and even little motorbikes, all decorated!

Climbing the mountain was fun! It was so big for being manmade by one lovely guy.

Behind and inside the mountain was like being in Willy Wonka's factory. Er, not a factory... maybe if Willy Wonka had a Californian retreat, it would be like this.

We were lucky enough to meet Leonard. He was so sweet and kindly. He showed us around the mountain and told us all about how he created certain aspects.

There was something magical about being in this place. None of us are particularly religious, as this mountain clearly is. But there was something so beautiful about a man working for twenty years on a manmade monument to love and peace. He gives away free souvenirs and only accepts donations- you aren't charged to play on his mountain, even though he lives there as well. He gets only welfare checks every month, and he just survives by doing what he loves.

Such an inspirational place and one of my treasured memories.


  1. I'm not religious in the slightest but I've been wanting to visit Salvation Mountain ever since I found out about it, it looks like an amazing place. And that's wonderful that you got to meet Leonard. I bet it was great talking to him.

  2. Thats amazing! Im not religious, but I'm spiritual. It sounds inspiring and looks like it was cool to see in person!

  3. Thank you, guys! It was such an amazing experience.