Sunday, March 06, 2005

Exporing Slab City on ATVs!
Tom and Anne have three ATVs! Would you believe! This morning the three of us are going to explore Slab City on these ATVs. George has never driven an ATV! Wow!

We are going to look at the Oasis Club, hot shower, Salvation Hill and lots of other stuff.

Anne, Tom and George about to ATV around Slab City!

1PM - Back from ATVing around Slab City!
Have you ever driven an ATV? It is really a great time! Tom, Anne and George drove ATVs all over Slab City. First we went to the Oasis Club. Members enjoy morning coffee, campfires, meals, mail, happy hour, library and movies!

Oasis Social Club.

The Lizard Tree Library is a free book exchange. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours each day.

Lizard Tree Library.

The library has rooms filled with books.

Tons of books and magazines.

The library has a reading room, with a swing!

A swinging library.

Slab City has its own junk yard!

Junk yard.

Slab City has a Night Club! Every Saturday night, musicians living in Slab City come together to play for the people who live here.

The Range Night Club.

Plush seating at The Range Night Club.

Sunday is church day. When we went by the church, the congregation could be heard singing.

Slab City Church.

The rich part of Slab City.

High living in Slab City, a picket fence and lovely garden.

The Hot Shower is something that draws great interest. Slab City's hot shower is actually a cistern, a cement hole in the ground. Water from the nearby hot tub, a spring, flows into the top of the cistern. Slab City residents stand below this shower, and bathe!

Slab City Hot Shower.

Leonard Knight is the most famous person in Slab City. Leonard came to Slab City around 1985. With him, Leonard brought a huge balloon, a tribute to Jesus with large letters announcing his love of God. However, when Leonard tried to inflate his balloon, he found it had many leaks. Undaunted, Leonard began to build Salvation Mountain.

Salvation Mountain.

Everyday, hundreds of people come to see Leonard's tribute to Jesus.

Leonard tells the story of his Mountain.

Leonard has built many rooms in his mountain.

This room is like a cave, filled with pictures of his love.

Leonard builds his mountain with hay bales, trees and tires collected around the desert. He accepts no donations of tires. We heard a couple trying to donate tires to Leonard, and they were refused. "There are plenty of tires in the desert", says Leonard.

This room is supported by trees, tires and hay bales.

Tributes to Jesus are made from things Leonard collects.

Anne in front of a truck door in one of Leonard's rooms.

As we climbed up "The Yellow Brick Road" which led to the top of Salvation Mountain, it was hard to imagine that this mountain that we were on was built on hay bales covered with painted adobe mud.

Looking down from the top.

At the top of Leonard's Salvation Mountain, is the word which drives this inspired man.

Top of the Mountain.

Slab City is a place of tranquility.
The people of Slab City, as far as The Team has observed, are a quiet community. Peace and freedom are the watchwords of the residents of Slab City. People are here also to be free of paying rent. A very important value in these times.


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