“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
On our desert adventure Liz made sure we stopped by the legendary, yet surprisingly vacant, Salvation Mountain. This place was one of the most beautifully quirky and unique works of art I have ever seen (I am not sure what else to call it, it has to be art). The castle, of sorts, made entirely of local adobe clay and donated paint, was created by a man named Leonard Knight as his personal tribute to God.
I am not one who identifies with any specific, organized religion. I have established my own personal beliefs and defined a version of faith that works for me (and it is one of the few topics I typically choose to keep to myself, and will continue to do so). But, regardless of who or what you believe in, there is no way to not have some level of appreciation for the individual who so fully devoted himself to creating something this bright and beautiful that was based solely upon good intentions. His motivation was not to have his Mountain be seen by others or to make a name for himself, but simply to turn a sentiment he felt strongly about in his heart into something tangible. The most prominent message I personally walked away with was one of love. Love and dedication.
“DON’T GET COMPLICATED WITH LOVE, LET’S KEEP IT SIMPLE” – Leonard Knight
Now love is a “religion” I can get on board with. In an ideal world, I think it is the universal religion. I am a hopeless romantic…a lover of love. My heart beats for the people around me. My heart beats for Mr. Knight (cannot resist a Keroac shout, but it is true — “the only people for me are the mad ones“. My heart beats for those who have worked to maintain this astounding structure since his passing…just because. My heart beats for friends, family, life, and experiences. And this particular experience is one will go down in my personal record book of memories, for sure. <3
Photos by Liz Cherkasova