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SOUTHWEST PILGRIMAGE: SALTON SEA & SALVATION MOUNTAIN

May 23, 2013

My week long road trip to Texas was an epic journey of sights and experiences that I will never forget.  I will share all of our stops with you in the next week, hopefully you enjoy them visually as much as I did!

The first stop was east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley about an hour and a half from Palm Springs.  I have been wanting to visit this area the entire time I have lived in Los Angeles and somehow never had made it there. I was excited to drive along the Salton Sea and witness its strange terrain.  The sea was created in 1905 when the Colorado River flooded into it.  It is below sea level and contains more salt that seawater which results in killing all of the animals that try to survive in its magnitude.  This explains the “whitewash” effect that is all over the shore filled with feathers and fish skeletons and other random bleached out remnants of the sea.  The feeling around this area was very eerie yet extremely beautiful and quiet.  It was remarkable.

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About a half hour away in Niland,the folk art site known as Salvation Mountain sits in all its glory.  Artist Leonard Knight built his massive tribute to God out of adobe clay and donated paint with the art spanning 50 feet high and 150 feet wide in the desert.  I had first seen this place in the movie “Into the Wild” and I had always been fascinated and wanted to check it out.  I was amazed at his dedication and very impressed by the magnitude of the site.  It was quite amazing to walk through and discover.

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Anyone that is traveling east of LA, these two spots are a MUST SEE! Their stark contrast is so compelling and both equally challenge your visual perception of landscapes.

Picture by my road partner @lohdy on instagram

Picture by my road partner @lohdy on instagram

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 14, 2013 3:46 am

    wow… this is really nice what i found here. keep writing

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