Slab City and Anza-Borrego State Park

Our next stop was 2 nights in Slab City, CA, near the Salton Sea. On the way we stopped off at the “official center of the world“, a particularly wacky roadside attraction.

There is a lot to love about Slab City, and a lot to hate. This article sums it up pretty well. The folk art in “East Jesus”, an art community on the edge of Slab City, is very impressive and worth stopping by if you are anywhere nearby. Every Saturday night the local outdoor nightclub called “The Range” hosts an open mic night, which was about 50% locals and 50% tourists the night I was there. Some were quite good, and some quite awful. I got to sit in a play drums for 4-5 songs with a group of locals. While we were there someone set their neighbors RV on fire, which was clearly full of live ammo.

Then on to Anza-Borrego State Park to meet up with our very good friend Elizabeth. Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in California, and you can pretty much camp anywhere in the park, so long as you are near one of the 500 miles of gravel roads. The amount of plant, animal, bird, and insect life in the park in March is staggering. I got the van stuck in some deep sand, but Mike the tow truck diver had no problem getting us out.


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