It's true what the song says, it really never rains. I can't remember the last time I saw a cloud.
We drove through Arizona and made a few pit stops before getting to Los Angeles. The first is a town called Oatman, and it is completely overrun with donkeys. I'm not joking. They came up to us asking for treats and walked right into all the little shops like they owned the place.
Salvation Mountain is another spot that had been on my "must see" list for awhile. It was featured in one of my favorite movies, Into the Wild. Leonard Knight was in the movie and actually created the mountain in real life.
It is made completely out of adobe and estimated 200,000 + gallons of paint, started sometime in the 1980's. It's huge. Leonard had a life-changing event that brought him to Christianity and decided to build the place as an homage to the message "God is Love." It's so simple yet so powerful. To see someone so dedicated to such a comforting message is inspiring. His favorite verses are posted everywhere, and it's all positive messages.
This scene in the movie really seemed to capture what he must have been like, excited about this love and so full of life. I wish we could have met him.
We pulled into Joshua Tree National Park as the sun was going down. The southwest is incredible. But I was more than ready to get out of the desert and spend a little time enjoying the conveniences of a big city again. Plus getting to California felt like a big accomplishment.
My little Corolla and I made it all the way to the west coast y'all!