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Recently I had been super curious about a place called Salvation Mountain, a huge hill that has been covered in paint and written scriptures from the Bible. I had first heard about Salvation Mountain from the oh-so famous blogger, Chiara Ferragni, where she and her TBS crew made the pilgrimage to this unique spot and took so many cool and colorful pictures, which had me convinced that I must go to this amazing place – so I did!
What is Salvation Mountain? Well, it is a real life hill located near Slab City that was literally covered in paint and clay with written Christian versus based on the “Sinner’s Prayers”. It was painted by artist Leonard Knight (1931–2014) as his way of sharing his belief and knowledge in God and Jesus to others.
In 2000, The Folk Art Society of America declared Salvation Mountain as a site that was “worthy of preservation and protection,” and on April 2016, Salvation Mountain was established as a official monument.
To go to Salvation Mountain I had to drive about 20 miles past Palm Springs and through the post-apocalyptic looking Salton Sea.
(Salton Sea was human-kind’s failed attempt to make a man-made lake, which became so incredibly polluted that all the fish in the lake died causing the lake to reek of the smell of dead fish everywhere – it was so eerie and gross).
Moving along, as we approached Salvation Mountain there was nothing but old abandoned buildings and tumbleweed everywhere. At times we felt like we were lost, but we just kept going until we saw a huge colorful hill in the middle of the desert. Once we were there we were able to park out car and walk around the monument. There is a yellow path that will lead you to the top and mini caves that offer you shade. It was pretty cool and a unique experience.
(Tips: I would recommend taking an older car, because it gets creepy there. We had a BMW and to be honest I did not feel entire safe in our BMW there because I felt like we stood-out in a bad way. Also beware of the cops there! No joke a cop pulled us over for no reason and then proceeded to lie to our faces that we were speeding, when we had a radar detector and we were going no-joke 30 miles per hour. The cop also made us feel incredibly uncomfortable and not safe. Imperial city gets 2 thumbs down for their police – super untrustable).
Overall, I hope you enjoyed reading and learning and again if you have any questions or comments please feel free to message or email me.
Maysa (curious fishy)
Ps – sorry Kyan for making you go and the stupid ticket. Your patients and support however amazes me and makes me fall in love with you even more.
Have you ever been curious about what kinds of creatures live in the Pacific Ocean? If you have then the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is the perfect place for you.
This Aquarium provides so many exhibits to see and so many animals to watch. Moreover, in these interactive exhibits, you can do anything from watching sea otters to touching the sharks, stingrays, and/or jellyfish. The aquarium is a great place for people of all ages.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a public aquarium that features about 11,000 wildlife. The exhibits display the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific. Furthermore it focuses on three major locations: (1) the sunny waters of Southern California and Baja; (2) the chilly waters of the North Pacific; and (3) the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.
The aquarium tickets are about $14.95 for children and $28.95 for adults. But I found discount tickets for $14.00 for adults online, the only catch was that they were only for 3:00 – 6:00pm. However, I was able to see everything within those three hours, and even left early; therefore, I would recommend getting the discount tickets.
Below I shall share with you some of the many awesome photos I took while at Aquarium of the Pacific. I hope you enjoy and visit this aquarium soon!
The Seal Lion
The Sea Otter
The Sting Ray
Additionally there is a neat 3D theatre where you can enjoy watching a short documentary about the tuxedo penguins life. But it is $5 per ticket. I went and I thought it was neat-o to watch.
This aquarium is also located near the Long Beach harbor and the famous Queen Mary ship, so be sure to check that out. I recommend taking a stroll along the harbor and enjoy the view of the actual Pacific Ocean.
I had an amazing time exploring the Aquarium of the Pacific and I would sincerely recommend everyone to visit.
PS – Kyan my darling thank you for experience this day with me.