Monday, December 29, 2008

Slab City

We took a trip over to California to see what we could see and maybe scout out some future boondocking sites. Just across the Arizona/California border you cross through these dunes. At the point where the highway crosses the dunes they are crawling with ATV's and Dune Buggies. We stopped to take this shot and there was a steady drone of unmuffled engines roaring in the background. Rumour has it that there are large sections that are off limits to the motorized crowd so I guess there is something for everyone, even Mother Nature. We noticed a lot of folks boondocking out here both along the highway and farther afield.

Farther along near Niland, California we came to Slab City. This is the site of a WWII military base and has acquired quite a collection of RV's both snowbirds and some fulltime residents.

What it really needs to acquire is a garbage truck. It is a great example of why folks are unable to live without the government meddling in their affairs. I don't think I have been anyway where there was so much garbage strewn about the landscape. Needless to say I don't think our outfit will be calling this garbage dump home anytime soon.

Salvation Mountain is a site just at the entrance to Slab City and a site worth seeing. Somebody has spent a lot of energy here building this tribute to his lord. Hard to imagine what drives a person to do this but it is a definite must see if you are in the area. but beware the garbage begins just past this sign.

Here is a local RV.

Now I have been wondering what to do with that old International at the farm. Maybe I can spruce her up and make a gate ornament like this one.

I'm not sure what the surface of this but it appears to mud and straw covered in paint. Lots of paint!

This was the trophy room, the trophies all were from the Niland Tomato Festival

Not sure of the significance of these but they were colourful.

This is hollowed out and is supported by trees branches and such and maybe even a tree built into the structure.

Here is a final shot of Salvation Mountain.
We also continued on to the Salton Sea looking for a spot some Kiwi's had told us about. It certainly was better than Slab City as a location but not near as comfortable as some of the other desert sites we have been fortunate enough to visit.
We also managed to hit Costco over in El Centro so we have scratched that itch and have resupplied our meat locker and the water supplies. Anybody who knows us knows that we are convinced that Costco sells nothing but the best when it comes to beef. The other thing that Costco did was supply us with a pretty reasonable lunch. Lunch for both of us including desert and drinks amounted to $7.50 and of course there was a myriad of appy's available as we shopped around the store.

1 comment:

  1. A few comments. . .that one shot of the trash reminds me of India! I can't believe trash like that.

    I have an uncle who says "If you can't buy it at Costco, you don't need it!" - I tend to agree at times and I wholeheartedly agree that they have great beef!

    Lastly - you are sounding like a true retiree - commenting on the cost of lunch! Make me laugh!