Last week our good friends Zach and Adrienne tied the knot with a family celebration, but took some friend’s on a camping trip to celebrate.
We went to the Salton Sea which is a man made lake near Palm Springs, CA, a quick 4ish hour drive for us. If you have never heard of this place, I highly suggest reading about it, and if you have a chance, watching the documentary Plagues and Pleasures narrated by the awesomely quirky John Waters.
There’s a lot of interesting information out there so I won’t get too much into the details of the area, but a place once dubbed “the French Riviera of California” is now more recently called an ecological disaster.
We visited Slab City, a place where people can really go to live off the grid. Seriously check out this article for a great description of this town with an exiting sign reading “Warning Reality Ahead”. These pics are from the town stage, where they host talent shows, bands, and a prom- that a local cordially invited us to but we were a week early :)
The highlight of the area was definitely Salvation Mountain, one man’s folk art tribute to God. It reminded my of every acid trip you see in a movie, meets church. You can walk up to the top by following the “yellow brick road”.
In a nutshell, this place is a trip. We were so fascinated by the whole experience that we watched the documentary as soon as we got home and I was devouring articles on it the next few days. The Sociology major in me was intrigued :) If you live nearby, I recommend at least a day trip!
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