These photos are from a few months ago when I visited Salvation Mountain, a giant handmade sculpture that’s in the middle of nowhere in the California desert. I first learned of Salvation Mountain when it was shown in the film Into the Wild, and visiting there had been on my bucket since. It’s incredible and hard to believe that it was all created by hand by one person, Leonard Knight. I was hoping to get the chance to meet him, but sadly he passed away in 2014.
If you appreciate art and design, I highly recommend a trip to Salvation Mountain. To say you’ll leave inspired is an understatement.
After we visited Palm Springs last month, we headed out further into the desert. While driving along Highway 111, we begin to notice the most pungent smell ever, and lo and behold the crazy smell was coming from the Salton Sea. I wasn’t looking at a map, so I had no idea we were even near this “sea”. It’s so vacant, boarded-up, and falling apart due to manmade issues that caused a bustling resort town to fade away to literally almost nothing. This place looks feels like a scene from a sci-fi thriller, and I was creeped out more than once. There’s dead fish bones littering the beach, and so much vacant empty space.
There are fish skeletons covering every inch of beach:
I don’t believe in zombies but it would be of no surprise if one roamed this crazy land. Behind this lake was one boarded up hotel and resort after another. After living in NYC for five years, I get extremely uncomfortable in the middle of nowhere (ie: no man’s land). There were no gas stations for miles, no people or other cars for stretches at a time, and cell service was spotty at best. I can see why the desert serves as the backdrop for so many horror films.
And then this are you kidding me insane desert sunset happened on the ride back. Mind = Blown.
One of my most favorite neighborhoods in LA is Silver Lake. It’s so cute, so lush, so hilly, so colorful, and quite walkable (walkable for LA at least). The New Yorker in had so much fun walking along Sunset Blvd admiring all the unique shops, cafes, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. I really wanted to visit Moby’s new vegan restaurant, Little Pine, but it didn’t fit into my schedule (next time!!).
I could definitely make myself right at home in Silver Lake, it has such a cozy and laid back vibe.
And finally…StairTempo, the neatest steps I’ve ever seen.
I don’t remember precisely where StairTempo is located, but it’s along Sunset and visible from the street♥ #StairTempo
Part of our sister-sister LA trip included a road trip out to cutest desert city ever, Palm Springs!
Palm Springs is exactly as picturesque and retro as I was expecting. The ride out from Santa Monica wasn’t too bad, I had fun being the DJ for the day, playing my version of “desert road trip songs” (RHCP, David Bowie, Eagles, Pink Floyd, GNR, Led Zepellin, etc..) My favorite part of the trip was just driving around the residential streets and taking in all the amazing architecture. I’m not sure if it’s a rule or a competition, but every single home has impeccable artistic gardens and landscaping complete with tons of cute cactuses (cacti?). I’m not an architecture buff per say, but there’s something about mid century modern houses that gets me every time ♥.
One of the exciting things about visiting the Wynwood Arts District is that new art pops up all the time. I fell in love with this mural by New York-based artist Logan Hicks when I visited last month. The details blew me away—his unique style captures multiple layers and intricacies very precisely. I was in Miami and felt myself being transported into the romanticized version of the dreamy streets of SoHo. You can learn more about Logan Hicks and his work here.