I first saw Salvation Mountain on “Into the Wild”. I couldn’t seem to get that scene out of my head. This old man had painted a mountain declaring the love of Jesus. I was excited to find out that Leonard was a real person and Salvation Mountain was a real place. My friends and I went on a two day adventure to Niland, CA to have our own encounter with the artist, the mountain and God.
Here are some photos from my 35mm film camera. I took lots of digital photos that Ill post up soon.
What makes this amazing place special is Leonard, the Artist. Have one conversation with this man, and your life will be impacted. He is a visionary, a dreamer, and you might even think he was crazy. This 70 year old man’s passion for sharing the love of God is indeed inspiring. He wishes that all people from all walks of life will know how much God loves them, “He gave His only Son didn’t He?” Leonard told us. He also told us about all people from all over the world who have traveled to the desert to see his panted mountain and trees.
He loves talking to people and sharing this special place with the world, but most of all he wants to leave the earth knowing that all generations will have a place like this to come to and read how much Jesus loves them.