Salvation Mountain

Some photos from our road trip to Salvation Mountain….
2 salvation mountain3 salvation mountain4 salvation mountainmy sister, her boyfriend and two of our friends drove three hours together to see this magical place.
i'll tell you a little bit about it…. first you should know that i am not much of a tourist. I almost never get excited about seeing famous places (not because they aren't cool, it's just not my thing) This was so beautiful and worth the trip. It was so silent when we arrived, it was almost creepy (in a beautiful way). It was so much bigger and more detailed than i had imagined….
5 salvation mountainpaint cans… 🙂6 salvation mountain7 salvation mountain8 salvation mountain9 salvation mountain10 salvation mountainand some photos from inside…
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(my pal jered)
20 salvation mountainand (saving the best for last!) pretty sure this is the coolest person i have ever met in my whole life!
21 salvation mountainLeonard King is the creator of Salvation Mountain. He has spent more than 20 years working on this project. His work is so beautiful and his attitude and story are even more lovely. It was a true honor to meet him and talk about his mountain.

Well, I am off to hang out with Emma for a few more days (and let's be honest…) work on some new things. Emma and I never stop working and we NEVER stop loving it! Have a great weekend, elsiecake

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  • Awesome! I just got back from a Joshua Tree desert trip with a couple friends, and we stopped over at Salvation Mountain for our second time in the past year and a half.

    We went back because we wanted to meet Leonard. Last time there, it was blazing-hot, 120-degree heat, so Leonard was nowhere to be found.

    This time, we approached just before sundown, Leonard showed us around, gave us hugs, and spread his holy words, grins, and thumbs-up. What a beautiful, magical, and inspiring place.

    Great to see you photos too!

    Drop by my site to say hello.

    Great blog, by the way.



  • I thought you might like this.

    my friends made it

  • This looks amazing!!! Glad you had so much fun. Can I please steal your haircut pleeease!

  • That looks like one of the coolest little places to visit. Perfect backdrop for you and yours, by the way!

  • My kids saw the pictures and want to go to Salvation Mountain. HA! They said it was way cooler than the Grand Canyon.. They also said Leonard looks like a lot of fun:)

  • So “into the wild” – gotta love trips like these – opens the mind, so inspiring 😀

    ~ Andrea

  • Thanks for sharing this with us! What a sweet man and what a nice way to share the message of the gospel to people. Love, love, love! Lots of it. 🙂

    You are so fun! I don’t think I’ve commented here before. Shame on me. It’s always nice to know people read your blog. Thanks for all the artsy inspiration and the reminders to put some funk into your life.

  • What an amazing place!

    He is certainly a man on a mission!

    I love it!



  • Wowza! Thanks for sharing these pics. I had no idea such a place existed. Way cool.

  • funky place! you look like you could have painted all of that.

  • Elsie,

    Thank you so much for posting the information about Salvation Mountain. I don’t know if I will ever get there, but I am happy to know it exists. I’m going to listen to Jeremy’s new song. I love it already.


  • Cool place…

    Etsy? Cool! I am still waiting for 3 prints I bought at your shop…but I know, one day they will come…

    Greetz, Maja

  • Great Post….Such a beautiful place. It’s hard to believe one person can do all of this…Majical indeed.

    Have a great time with Emma.

  • I saw this place in the movie, Into the Wild (amazing movie, by the way)…you showed much more than in the movie, though. Wow. Where is it?

  • These photos are AMAZING!!! This place is so bright and beautiful!! It makes me want to go!! How awesome that you got to meet and talk to the creator!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your sister!!! Take Care :]

  • That is just too cooL!!!! Hope I can go see it sometime and can’t wait for the Etsy update!

  • Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures!! 🙂 It looks amazing 🙂

    Enjoy your time with Emma!

  • I had never heard of this place until now … and it’s definitely going on my “must see” list. Amazing photos and beautiful concept.

  • What a fascinating place! Loved the pictures!

    I just realized that this man grew up in my neck of the woods. He went to high school just 15 minutes from where I live!!! Too cool!

  • Very cool you were able to meet him! Knowing the artist brings a richness to the art that is otherwise not there. 🙂 Great photos!

  • Hi Elsie, that’s so cool. I saw this place in a movie last week ” into the wild” and that men was in the movie!!!!! So great you’ve been there. And if you not saw that movie go check it out it is the best I think.

    X Mika

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