One of my favorite things about my day job as a barista, is the ease in which I can take a trip at the drop of a hat. My friends were driving out from California to visit me, so naturally, I had to buy a ticket out West to make the trip with them. Visiting Los Angeles usually means eating an inappropriate amount of tacos and in and out, but this trip only afforded a single day in the city I've grown to love. So we jumped in the car and made a four hour trek into the desert.... because we're young and we can. :) 

This was my first time seeing Salvation Mountain, which is a dramatic art piece carved into the lonely Colorado desert, just by the Salton sea. Driving past quaint roadside attractions and Joshua trees, this painted lonely mountain begins to come into view. Drawing transient souls from all parts of the nation, this folk art is the work of local resident Leonard Knight who lived and died on the sight. The place has an eerie feel of abandonment and hope, and there's something in its dystopian nature that draws you in.