Cover star and Studio Anorak pal Maria Midttun was lucky enough to visit one of the places I have been dreaming of visiting for years: Salvation Mountain, a beautiful and awe-inspiring shrine built in the 80s by a deeply religious chap called Leonard Knight. Here she shares with us her visit.
"I visited Salvation Mountain during a trip to California earlier this year.
The mountain itself is not a real mountain, but a man made mini 'mountain' painted in all the colours of the rainbow. It takes a little while getting there, as it is in the middle of desert and far away from everything.
Coming from Palm Spring, which was the route I was taking, it's a beautiful drive through the dry desert landscape and along Salton Sea, which is a great place for a pit stop!
The man behind this fantastic piece of outsider art is Leonard Knight, who has constructed it as a tribute to God and Love.
The mountain is made from adobe, a mixture of desert clay and hay donated from local farmers. Bits of waste, such as old car parts and tires, are used in the construction of it was well. The mountain is decorated with flowers, waterfalls and hearts, using paint that has been donated to Leonard Knights life long project.
It almost feels unreal walking around and 'climbing' the mountain, discovering all the details and even some small rooms filled with messages and images."