Now if you recall, on our fateful trip to Pahrump a year ago we came out of a parking lot a little screwy & ended up with a broken bottle of olive oil all over the carpet. Post Burning Man we pulled up the carpeting & now have beautiful wood floors – the perfect place for a soy sauce incident! Oy the Soy! So upon our arrival to the Slabs we had several hours of clean up, thankfully, no carpeting to worry about but our catalytic heater was covered in it. Bill’s wonderful ADD tendencies had him painstakingly taking it all apart and cleaning up every little piece of it, including the “plates”. We weren’t sure if it would ever work again & just a little scared to fire it up without a fire department close at hand. Several days later we did just that, though, and aside from smelling just a bit like a Chinese restaurant for awhile, it worked great!
Salvation Mountain is at the entrance to Slab City and really sets the tone for the whole place. We visited here in November just to see what it was all about and the pictures just don't do it justice - here are a few pics of our friend Cindy (from Orange County) who joined us for NYers eve.
Maria & Brian’s friends, Kevin & Molly (with a truckload of firewood!), came from AZ and we found out Jenn and Johnny of ”Hitek Homeless” fame were parked close by & they came over to join in the fun. I had ordered glow-in-the-dark eye glasses for everyone & Maria & Brian brought these huge sparklers and the fun ensued; we all ended up at “The Range” for music and dancing - another memorable NYers eve on the road!
Slab City reminds me of a real-life Burning Man. People of all ages, walks of life and living styles congregate together on this huge abandoned military base. This area was featured in the movie “Into the Wild”. There are no services out there – no water, electricity, plumbing, trash pick up – nada, nothing! They have a huge problem with trash but that does not take away from it’s appeal, at least to us. People are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Most nights there is live music at one camp or another, with bonfires and even balloon makers. We were very lucky to connect with Jenn and Johnny as they had spent a lot of time here and knew where things were “happening”.
|An area started by a burner named Charlie with a vision of making art out of the trash found at the slabs.|