I fell in love with what #slabcity might be like years ago (from stuff I found online). I was excited to stumble upon the IG account of @travel_hard101 - a man who lives there during the cooler months.
Being the wandering gypsy I am, I messaged him 18 months+ before I made it, stating how keen I was to get there & asking if visitors are welcome, he responded with yes as long as visitors respect locals etc.
I’d never go to a place where people live off grid away from society (or anywhere) & then be disrespectful or nosey etc. common sense so I planned to get there... Conveniently, he returned to the slabs for the cooler months a week before I made it! Soon as I was there I messaged him excitedly to see if he was around, he was & replied right away - got to Salvation Mountain, spotted a man with a beard & a fitting dog & yelled out “Hey! Are you Greg?!” From a distance. He got up & it was a warm welcome, I briefly put out my hand & was like bugger that - was hugs all round 😂
We briefly chatted about how he took in his dog Escher & how he’d made some lifestyle changes since, about the mountain & bits & pieces. Popped back the next day for another wee chat & more dog & human hugs.
This experience warmed my heart. I love interesting people, good souls & good stories.
A little girl from NZ falling in love with a random place in the Californian desert inhabited by a population of approx 150 year round (more in winter)... finding a local online, planning over years & finally going all the way to meet them - priceless ❤️ My only regret is I didn’t have long enough, I felt I’d be happy staying there for some time. Which only means one thing... I must return 😂. Fingers crossed 🤞I’ll make it back & plan to stay longer to just hang out next time.
Thanks Greg & Escher for the welcome I hope the next wee while treats you both well & that we can meet up again in the desert next year! Thanks to @dbreland3971 for capturing memories 🙏
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