On the 27th of January I decide to head west beginning a little side trip to break up what has become the mundane in Q. RTR over, the shows that draw the big crowds to this tiny town every January are winding down, and my feet are getting itchy. We gas up, stock up, and head out on I-10 to Blythe where we take Hwy 78 passing by the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area near Glamis. They are beautiful.
ATVs are zipping over the dunes. Some have little flags on sturdy rods attached to them which are bending backwards with the force of the air flowing.
We turn north onto Hwy 111 and pass through Brawley and Calipatria. Love this tree art spotted along the way.
We arrive Niland where we will camp for a night and take in Slab City and Salvation Mountain.
Salvation Mountain, which you will see in the link below, has kind of a Where’s Waldo? feel to it. I think it’s the riotous color and much to take in and the eyes don’t know where to settle first.
This tribute to Jesus is quite the surprise in this southern part of the Mojave Desert. You may read about it’s history HERE.
Waiting to meet a friend, Jan, who the boys and I are loosely traveling with on this trip we drive through the area and grab some photos.
These are the year-round residents (squatters?). The Slabs where the snowbirds park for as long as they like are on Low Street. The whole area (city) has different roads, dirt, and most are named.
I opt to park south of Salvation Mtn for the night; it’s not too restful as traffic comes and goes until the wee hours of the morning. I let Jan know we are heading out and will meet her somewhere along the Salton Sea when she is ready to leave Slab City.
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! Hugs, Shawna
Slab City Camping Amenities: NONE. COST- free. If you forego the slabs and decide to park elsewhere walk the road or area first as many get stuck out here and even well traveled paths have deep swales to navigate.