California Road Trip | Salvation Mountain
I’ve long wanted to see Salvation Mountain in real life after seeing photographic glimpses of this technicolour dreamland sitting in the middle of nowhere in the California. It really is off the beaten track and essentially on the way to nowhere (it’s a good 2 1/2 drive south of Joshua Tree). Luckily a 24 hour work trip to Arizona meant we had an excuse to do the detour to this crazy colourful shrine. The life work of a devout local resident called Leonard Knight, Salvation Mountain is a wonderfully bonkers, brightly coloured creation that looms out of the middle of nowhere like a rainbow oasis. After driving for what seemed like two hours solidly alongside the slightly strange, eery Salton Sea and wondering if we might end up in Mexico after too long, suddenly the brilliantly crazy land of Salvation Mountain looms out the middle of the desert. All you need in maximum 30 minutes to take photos and wander round (make sure you stick to the yellow brick road unless you want a telling off) but I’m so glad we make the journey to get there as really it’s one of those things you’ll only ever see once. If you ever find yourself in the Californian desert with a day to spare, I would highly recommend making the journey out here. It really is the epitome of what the classic American road trip is all about.
A ridiculous amount of photos for one place I know, but I just loved photographing this place and it feels a bit of a waste to just leave them never to be published. So apologies for the scroll and I promise to be more edited one day!