Monday, March 29, 2010

Salvation Mountain "God Is Love"

Over the weekend, I took another tour of the Salton Sea and surrounding cities.  This time, the tour took me to Niland to visit Slab City and Salvation Mountain.  What a sight to see!  You will know you have arrived when you see an entire mountain covered in paint with "God is Love" etched everywhere. The artist is Leonard Knight and I was lucky enough to meet him and get a personal guided tour of his creation.  Right when you walk up to the mountain, you will be greeted by a gentleman saying, "Hello, make yourself at home."  That gentleman would be Leonard Knight.

Please take a visit if you are in the area.  Leonard will greet you and make you feel at home.

This was truly a sight to see.  For more pictures of my visit, click


Summer said...

Just curious is this the same mountain that is on the movie "Into the Wild".
Love the post and love the pictures. I have definitely added this place in my places to travel journal.

Alison said...

Hi Summer! Yes, that's it! Thank you for your nice words. It's a site to see for sure!

Kevin said...

Hi Allison,
My name is Kevin Eubank and I have been working with Leonard Knight every day since October 1st last year and I've known him for about 15 years overall. I came across your blog today after discovering a facebook site (not the official Salvation Mountain one) and thought I'd try to clear up some confusion. People have been emailing me asking about some of the mistakes in info on your blog and also asking which is the official Salvation Mountain Facebook page.
The official is monitored by myself, another friend of Leonard's and read to Leonard for reply daily. Leonard and I would really appreciate it if you could discontinue your facebook site for SM and steer your subscribers to the official site instead. He really appreciates your efforts. It's just causing confusion and Leonard really likes to keep things simple.
Second, Leonard started working on the balloon 15 years (he says, "10 years praying and 5 years sewing.") before coming here in 1983.The balloon was started in the late 60's, not the 80's. The balloon was made from remnants from a balloon factory in South Dakota, not old bed sheets.
Finally, Salvation Mountain is not located in Calipatria, but is 3 miles from Niland, Ca, nearly 10 miles from Calipatria.
I don't mean to be a jerk, but we are constantly dealing with misinformation. Again, we really appreciate the effort and simply want to clear up some confussion. If you can help us with that, we'd sure appreciate it!
By the way, your pictures are GREAT!

Alison said...

Hi Kevin,

Thank you for the information. The quotes were from a site that said it was the official site of Salvation Mountain. I will take those quotes down now since it seems they are incorrect. Thank you for letting me know.

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