After having spent my morning exploring the nooks and crannies of Salvation Mountain, I was about to hit the road again — direction Phoenix. That’s when the drifter I’d been chatting to, Greg, mentioned I should visit Slab City’s East Jesus before I go.
East Jesus? Never heard of it!
Lucky for me, Greg made sure I didn’t miss out. He explained that East Jesus is another art project just five minutes up the road from Salvation Mountain.
“You can actually touch and tinker with the art,” Greg told me.
“By Jove, I’m going, and that’s all that there is to it!” — sums up my sentiment in that moment.
Slab City (The Last Free Place)
In order to get to East Jesus, I had to drive through Slab City, a pretty unique and somewhat daunting place. It’s residents call it “the last free place on earth.” Or sometimes it’s known as “the last free place in America.” Some slabbers live there year round. Others are “snowbirds” — seasonal visitors who come in RVs and make Slab City their temporary home for off-the-grid living.
If I’m honest with you, though, I’d been apprehensive about entering Slab City. Continue reading “Slab City’s East Jesus”