This past summer my husband and I were lucky enough to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in Palm Springs. Being in the Pacific Northwest we usually gravitate somewhere warm whenever possible. While there we were there we made the trek to Salvation Mountain and I feel so fortunate that we did.
Salvation Mountain is the brainchild of Leonard Knight who just passed away Monday, February 10th. He wanted to create a monument to God's love, and despite the ravages of the desert, the opposition of men, and just plain running out of time he has created a monument to just that.
Driving to Niland felt somewhat hazardous. We headed out on a windy, wild day into an area that was filled with ravines created by flash flooding. At some point we lost cel service and we were sent thru a customs checkpoint on the way back, even though we were not crossing a border. It was a bit harrowing and made us wonder about the wisdom of making the trip.
But when we got there it was so worth it. There is something so incredibly moving about the place. The color, the size. It being in the middle of what feels like nowhere. And the open rooms full of prayers and notes from hundreds. I have to admit I spent the entire visit in tears. It felt moving and sacred. I have to say that it was entirely worth the visit and would encourage anyone curious to do so. It's an amazing story about having a dream, and making it happen. And loving God in the only way he knew how. You can find out more here.