Y'all. This place is the very definition of awesome. When I was a child I used to spend my days imagining what words actually looked like, and I can say most certainly this is what I think the word "awesome" looks like. This is one of the most random and beautiful things I have ever seen. Literally in the middle of the desert, on the outskirts of a basically abandoned town, is Salvation Mountain. Leonard Knight, who passed away just last year, spent years making this beautiful creation and you can read his story here.
There are two parts of the mountain, the mountain itself and the Hogan (the museum) which he modeled after his failed hot air balloon! This place welcomes all, artists, squatters, families, folks in love, and friends of every kind. There were many people visiting while we were there, but even among the, "Jillian get in the car right now or I am taking away your iPad", I still found it incredibly moving. There was even a moment when we made it to the top, that out of NOWHERE a hang glider came around the mountain & I swear it was like something straight out of a movie.
This is a place you just have to experience in person to fully appreciate. But I hope this post will help convince you it's well worth the trip :)