Not always in the same spot, they die down, dissolve into the dirt and start up twenty feet away. Pretty strange!!!
This hole was about 4 inches wide, with mud belching and bubbling out and down the side. It sounded like someone with a bad stomach ache!!
Here's an older one that has dried up ... it looks like the hill threw up!!! There were about 10 in all, weird I thought ... just weird. Little did I know what was coming next!!
THIS is Salvation Mountain. Built by Leonard Knight who passed away recently, it was a labor of love. Got old paint you want to get rid of?? Bring it here. The local Art Society is trying to keep it going ... and anyone can volunteer their time to come and paint over the paint to keep it intact.
It's huge, built over and around the hill, stuffed and stacked with bales of hay and dead tree trunks.
When his mountain was painted sufficiently, he started on his truck. And the tractor. And another truck. And a car ... and then back to the mountain again.
Anyone can live here ... and they do!! With no electricity, no water and no sewer OR bathrooms. There was one teepee, a couple tents, many old RV's with flat or no tires and many trailers. This truck is what you do when you live here and have not one thing to do all day, but glue rocks, shells and stuff to the truck ... and whatever else you can scrounge. Yup ... this was the weirdest. The destination of many snowbirds, during the winter months it becomes a "hang out" for others trying to escape the world year round. Apparently there are lots of drugs, flower children, nudists and liquor flowing as well. Maybe that's why Leonard wanted to build Salvation Mountain. I think I prefer Quartzsite!!
Not quite my cup of tea, the sign on the way out said "Danger ... reality ahead". I think I'll take reality please!!
The most amazing piece was this dragon in the sand, with the tail on the other side of the road.
It's late now, and time to head home. One last statue was at the entrance to Indian Head Ranch.