Slab City

Slab City – end of the line for the down and out, snowbird haven, RVer right of passage, trash heap, an alternate way of life, eclectic arts and living, the last free place in America. Whatever. Maybe it’s all of that, maybe not.

Whatever Slab City is, it pulled me in. I’d planned to spend less than two weeks and wound up staying a month. Of course I was staying with a great group of people at the Slab LoWs encampment (LonersOnWheels.com, Slab Lows on Facebook). Whether it’s morning coffee by the campfire, afternoon happy hour or something in between, every day turned out to be a treat. Jenna, Seann, Shane, George and all the rest, I miss you already.

Maybe you’ve heard of Slab City through the movie Into the Wild, and thought they’re making it seem more weird, more cool, more whatever. Nope. If anything it’s the other way around.

Salvation Mountain

A three story high hill painted over two decades by the late Leonard Knight to express his love of God.

Salvation Mountain, Slab City, California
Salvation Mountain, Slab City, California

The Range

The Range is the world famous open air nightclub with a great show every week created by the one and only Builder Bill, but it’s not the only show in town – don’t miss Radio Mike’s, the VIP Lounge and the Oasis.

The Range nightclub a few hours before the show begins.
The Range nightclub a few hours before the show begins.
Band after band rocks the Range
Band after band rocks the Range


East Jesus

No religious connotation, just colloquial for “middle of nowhere.” East Jesus is an art collective with pieces created from discarded items and trash.

East Jesus

Giant Lizard Sculpture in Wire and Plastic Grocery Bags
Giant Lizard Sculpture in Wire and Plastic Grocery Bags
A mural in progress at East Jesus.
A mural in progress at East Jesus.
The TV wall at East Jesus
The TV wall at East Jesus

Sculpture at East Jesus

Sculpture at East Jesus

The Bottle Wall at East Jesus
The Bottle Wall at East Jesus

Time to Go

There’s a time for everything and for the Slabs, summer is not that time. I’m heading to Sedona where I’ll find a red rock just waiting for someone to sit and meditate on it…

Sunset at the slabs
Sunset at the slabs

…and the slabs? I’ll be back.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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