Saturday, October 26, 2013


There's a wonderful place down in the desert of very Southern California called Salvation Mountain.

I first heard of this place in passing conversation among friends, & then eventually in the film Into The Wild.  You can see a clip from that movie where the real creator of Salvation Mtn., Leonard Knight, talks about the importance of love here.  Or better yet, you could see the entire movie - it really is one of my all time favorites.  From that clip, I can just imagine Leonard talking to the real Christopher McCandless about love in a time of such immense desperation.

Any-who, on our trip down to the desert we made a stop off at Hadley's for their infamous date shakes & a bit of sustenance.  After having the date shakes it was really interesting to see all of the date palm farms along the highway & think of how unique of a crop that is.  Everyone associates palm trees with Southern California, but I wonder if many know about the abundance of dates we have down here.  I'm really quite honored to be able to partake in such tasty food that's both so naturally sweet & good for you!

There are so many shots from this trip that I had to break it up into a few groups, so here are some photos from that first little stop at Hadley's.

Chelsea & Gregory just need to stop with how good looking they are!

Along the top of the walls in the so-called dining area of this place there are signed photos of different celebrities who have visited since they first opened in 1931.  Since Palm Springs has often been a big celebrity vacation spot, there are a lot of second visits - I'm sure it's just for the date shakes & fun snacks that they sell.  Their pomegranate wine is another delicious take-home treat!

After we fueled up here, we hit the road again for another hour & a half to two hours of driving south to get to Salvation Mtn.  I'll catch you all up on pt.2 of the trip next time!  We also ventured past the mountain to slab city, which proved to be a very photogenic experience, aka pt.3.

Have any of you ever been to Salvation Mtn. or Hadley's?  Do you like dates?  I cannot get enough of them!

1 comment:

  1. Into the Wild is one of my favorite books and also one of my favorite movies! I can't wait to go to Salvation Mountain some day...