I'm addicted to searching the travel sites for deals at unique hotels…..the Saguaro did not disappoint. It's a remodeled Holiday Inn from long ago and it's just so pretty!
Salvation Mountain. He laughed and said, 'Yeah--oddly enough--I noticed that the creator of it died about a month ago and pictures of it were all over Instagram. It looks crazy."
"Wanna go?" I asked.
I knew it was in the middle of no-where. According to Yelp, it was indeed crazy, kind of scary to drive to, in the middle of no-where (mmmm….horror movie nowhere), and basically into Mexico, but not-to-be-missed if you had it in you. It's being heralded as the largest outdoor folk-art installation in America and with the recent death of the artist, various groups are trying hard to find ways to preserve it.
We cancelled our reservations, got food at a drive-thru and headed out. Such a fun adventure! When we made it to border patrol we knew it was true….it was out there. As we were getting closer we were sure we'd missed it……we hadn't passed another car for miles on a two lane road out into the desert and then…..we came upon random groupings of trailers, bombed out buildings, meandering locals, stray animals, and a small little sign that indicated we were at least in the right "city." We drove a little more. Chris looked at me with that look that said, "Dude….we need to turn around."
And then, around a bend there it was. This incredible fifty foot man-made adobe clay mountain painted the most vibrant colors rising out of the most desolate desert.
The artist, Leonard Knight, built this as a tribute to God. It is painted with Bible verses, flowers, a yellow brick road, and trees. He built little grottos and a maze of rooms off to one side that are full of relics and pictures.
Currently, you can climb all over it. However, I'm guessing that if it gets more popular that will end, sadly. It's pretty slippery, made of clay and straw, and it's a mystery what actually makes the "mountain."
I'm so thankful for a husband that likes to do crazy stuff like this. Heading out to see it ranks right up there with some of the most fun we've had together.
Thanks for such a fun week Palm Springs! You know how to have a good time!
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