Salvation Mountain - The Dainty Squid

Salvation Mountain

Monday, June 29, 2015

The first night of the trip was rough. We had planned to sleep in the car the majority of the nights like we did without any problems on the last trip. Our first night it got late quick. All of a sudden we're both incredibly exhausted with nowhere to pull over and sleep. We ended up sleeping half the night in the car outside of a gas station then in the middle of the night we drove an hour away to a rest stop where we finished off the night.

We awoke before the sun came up, and headed to Salvation Mountain, everyone's favorite spot in the desert, to catch it at sun rise. I had seen so many photos of Salvation Mountain. It's been featured in a few movies, numerous places across the internet, and of course everyone and their mother has instagrammed it. On our last trip we were actually extremely close but I didn't really consider it a priority because of the popularity of the spot. This trip I really wanted to see it.

We arrived just as the first morning light was beginning to show in the sky. My first impression was that it was much smaller than I had pictured but that doesn't mean it wasn't a sight to behold. It was awesome to basically watch this colorful mountain appear right in front of us as it got brighter and brighter outside.

One of my favorite things about Salvation Mountain, other than the fact it's a giant colorful thing in the desert, is that there were cats. Lots of cats. Okay, not tons of them or anything but I saw at least four. The photo above is on the inside and all along the branches in there the cats we jumping around, cleaning themselves, and observing us. As much as I don't love seeing cats outside, especially in this heat I was ecstatic to see them. What an awesome playground for them!

We were the only people there for a little while until a group of rowdy teenage boys pulled up and decided they needed to climb all over everything. It was a great way to start the day. I'm really glad we stopped.

You can find more posts from our road trip under the "travel" tag.

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11 thoughts

  1. That looks beyond crazy, but still sort of cool.

    / Avy

    1. "Sort of cool"?! Whhhhat? This is way cool. It's such an amazingly colorful thing in the middle of the otherwise bland desert.

  2. This is incredibly beautiful! Thank you for sharing - I needed this right now :-)

    Love from Germany and a peak at our brand new site:

    XO, Lisa

  3. this spot is totally on my Great American Road Trip List. As close to a real-life candy mountain as I can imagine.

    1. It's definitely an amazing place! Hope you get there some day. :)

  4. I'd never heard of this before - looks amazing! Must be so cool to see in the middle of a barren dessert landscape!

  5. Looks incredible! Definitely going on my bucket list!

  6. That looks so cool, and I love the old cars in the background

  7. Wow, I'm definitely adding this to my list of places I want to go. This place is beautiful. But your photos are always beautiful.

  8. Your travel posts remind me of the movie "Elizabethtown" where the character (played by Kristen Dunst) has created this travel guide type of scrapbook that shows all of these off the beaten path things to see during a cross-country road trip. If you were to ever create a travel book like that, rest assured I'd be the first to preorder it! I thoroly enjoy your travel posts.


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