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Slab City Talent Show & Salvation Mountain/East Jesus Excursion

It's that time of the year again when we head out to The Salton Sea for a trip to Salvation Mountain and a visit to the Slab City Talent Show. Located 120 miles east of San Diego.

NOTE: This event is also being coordinated with the San Diego Photography Collective groups. If you want to do more exploring than photographing, plan to be a DRIVER so you can control your itinerary. Leave a message below to coordinate with riders.

This will be a full day and we will return late in the evening.

NOTE TWO:

If you are interested in camping out there for the weekend with others, here is info from the Hash House Harriers who do this annually. There is also a wealth of info in here including MAPS, driving directions and more. You'll be amazed!:

http://files.meetup.com/159753/Slab_City_Talent_Show_2013.pdf

Here's info and a link to photos from last year's trip:

Slab City Talent Show & Salvation Mountain Excursion - The San Diego Photography Collective (San Diego, CA) - Meetup

INFO:

Slab City is an assemblage of mostly "recreational vehicles"; a community that formed on its own, without any apparent organizational force. Located at the site of a former military base, on the edge of the Chocolate Mountains, an active bombing range in the Imperial Valley, Slab City gets its name from the prevalence of concrete aprons--or slabs--at the site. A network of roadways and slabs accommodate a community of up to a few thousand occupants in the cooler winter months. The populace is comprised of all sorts, from "road warriors" living in buses that haven't moved in 20 years, to "snow-birders"-- retired folks who migrate to warmer climes in their RV's in the winter. This varied mixture of people get along and seem to enjoy the variety of attitudes at Slab City.

Salvation Mountain is a non-religious, man-made mountain of outsider art created by one man, Leonard Knight over a span of nearly 30 years:

East Jesus: Charles Russell, a talented artist and one of those guys who masked a mostly kindly nature with a humorously misanthropic exterior, found a spot just north of The Range, named it "East Jesus" in a nod to its remote location on the way to nowhere, and moved in. When he got there in 2006, his place was a depressing rust-strewn thicket of creosote, tamarisk, and broken glass. By the time Russell died this May of an unexpected heart attack in his mid-40s, it was a work of art.

Salvation Mountain - Official Website - Niland, California

Some videos from Slab City Talent Shows past:

Our American Life: Slab City Talent Show 2009

East Jesus: 'East Jesus' Desert Art Project In Peril | Commentary | SoCal Focus | KCET

We'll be carpooling there so you'll need to organize your ride with the members who are offering rides here. If you're driving, leave your message as to where you'll be leaving from, time, how many seats available (please update as it changes), etc. RIDERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO CHIP IN FOR FUEL COSTS.

If you're LOOKING for a ride, LEAVE A MESSAGE HERE or contact the drivers who are offering rides here.

We'll drive our respective carpools and meet at Bobby D's Pizza Plus at approximately 11:00. There you can say hello to Norma (the owner) and get some breakfast, lunch or a snack before we head over to the Mountain at 11:30-45. How long you stay for the day depends solely on your driver, so coordinate with them. The sunset is around 5:15 PM.

You can also pack your own food, snacks & drinks for the day (recommended).

More info will be added as we get closer.



Unfortunately, Leonard will not be at Salvation Mountain, as he's been placed in a care facility in El Cajon.

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  • Nathan

    Only 8 of us showed up; only TWO from this group. Sad. For all of you that didnt attend cuz of the rain, u missed out. The weather in the valley was perfect--warm, dramatic clouds, good lighting. The Mountain is holding up well thxs to a cadre of volunteers, and Leonard is doing better. He will soon have cataract surgery and will start visiting again. The talent show was great--some actual talent. East Jesus is a must see. Bombay Beach more decrepit than ever.

    January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's a link to the photos I took, http://s48.beta.photo...­

      January 27, 2013

    • Dan C.

      Great pics Peeks!

      January 27, 2013

  • elle

    Fun day with great company. Thanks for the ride. Great meeting everyone.

    January 27, 2013

  • Octavio

    Anyone got any room left in their car?

    will provide all information requested :]

    January 24, 2013

    • James W

      Octavio, I think I am riding with Dan. He suggested being at the Ggrantville Trolley Station before 8:30 am and a ride will materialize.

      2 · January 24, 2013

    • Octavio

      i couldnt make it due to an accident i had in my apartment. :/

      January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time, this place is definitely a must see.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving out, I have room for 1, will be meeting at the Grantville trolly station at 8;30.

    January 25, 2013

  • Dan C.

    The artists at East Jesus (especially Frank), would appreciate any empty wine bottles you could spare, to help build the glass bottle wall they're building. I mentioned to them I'd pass it along to the group.

    January 11, 2013

    • Dan C.

      Bring them. I can take a box and I'm sure others can do so too.

      January 22, 2013

    • Nathan

      Will do!

      1 · January 23, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Weather forecast for Niland CA on Saturday is sunny and 78 degrees with lows around 48 overnight. Bring layered clothing for the evening but you can dress light otherwise and don't forget the hat & sunglasses! - - - Remember to update your status as it changes so we can get everyone a ride or passengers for you.

    January 22, 2013

  • Shelli M.

    Have to pass on this trip. Going to Cancun for a week...but I will make a journey to this place:)

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, still hoping to catch a ride this weekend! The other person I was going with dropped out, and I don't take up much room! :)

    January 21, 2013

    • Dan C.

      You can ride with us Taryn. Call me to confirm:[masked]

      January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two people looking for a ride from North San Diego County :)

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to drive cause I know I'll be wanting to stop here & there for photo ops! I could take 2-3 passengers but note I live in OC- I'm sure we can hammer out specifics once we are closer to the date :)

    December 17, 2012

  • Shelli M.

    Omg I so want to do this.

    December 17, 2012

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