This picture may just look like a painted construction site, but that’s just because it is, and it always has been. Salvation Mountain was declared a “Folk Art Preserve Sight” in 2000 and was an officially established “never-ending art installment” pioneered by Leonard Knight. Leonard, (whom we actually had the pleasure of meeting on our first visit to Slab City in 2014), was and is a legend, known for his dedication to this mountain. Spending every waking day, spanning over so many years, he constructed his vision outside of Slab City (the last free place on earth), with just the clay from the mountains and donations of paint, brushes, hay-bales, wood and funds from the tourists that come from all over to see it. Unfortunately, Leonard passed away 3 years ago now and he left behind something that could never be finished, and even his converted truck he lived in full-time here. Now that he has passed away his spirit and even his approach lives on here, however. We met the man repairing/preserving/now building this historic painted mountain this weekend and he has been busy doing repair work that has been neglected since Leonard’s death. At first, people didn’t like the fact that Jack was “taking over” but no one else exactly grabbed a shovel. “No one wanted to touch it” he told us, “and things needed to be done. I stepped in and did exactly what leonard would of did, just the way Leonard would of did it”, Jack said, and he doesn’t plan on stopping or leaving my time soon.
I’m thankful for Jack.
Home is wherever I’m with you. Our choice to pursue #vanlife actually came from a utility bill. Not as romantic as some. But once the idea seed was planted, it grew and grew until we looked at each other and said, is this crazy? And yes, it is. But there’s no one else I’d rather be crazy with.
Ice so blue they make the skies look purple grey❄️
Thanks for sharing @photos_bybrett 🙏🏼📸
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I've heard so many people say how much they hate driving across certain areas. I hear it's so boring! When I hear that about any place, I take that as a challenge. A challenge to find the beauty that others aren't seeing. And every single part of this gorgeous planet is beautiful. It may not be a jaw dropping vista. It may be something you have to really look for like a distant tree or the way the light hits the shimmering horizon just right. I found this beautiful place smack dab in the middle of the pancake flat oil country of Texas. Most people speed right on by on the interstate complaining about how there's nothing to see out here. I beg to differ. Just have to slow down a little and look. After all I think the best part about traveling is the journey not just the destination.
The sliding bathroom door is one of my favorite things. I wanted a barn door, but barn door hardware is so long and wide so it wouldn’t fit in the bus. So instead I used some plumbing fittings and it works great! I am on the lookout for some antique hinges to go on the side, and I do have a marble knob I need to install as well. #lorrainesreveal#lydiaslittlehouse
With a view like that to enjoy, it was hard for us to leave the bed. We watched the sunset as it illuminated Shasta with a pink glow and daydreamed of our next adventure.
The ability to spend each day together on the road is one of the greatest gifts. Not long ago, I felt like I barely saw Alex. He was working full time plus commuting from San Diego to Orange County. He would get home make dinner with me then go to bed and start all over again. When he found out about his dad being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 61, we made a radical change. We moved from Southern California to North Idaho to support his mom and help out. We also made a promise to each other that we would never sacrifice our time together for a paycheck. That time we got to spend with his dad before he went into a full time care facility is something the two of us will never forget. It taught us both an invaluable lesson: You aren't promised the golden age of retirement. So many people spend their entire lives working looking forward to "retirement" only to get there with bad health, a lack of money and no ability to do the things they dreamed of doing with their life. Don't let that be you. Your life is worth SO much more than that. So take risks and follow your dreams. The rest will come #40hoursoffreedom