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Old 10-25-2010, 08:10 PM   #15
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We travelled to the west coast two winters back and planned for at least a lunch stop at Slab City.

We did get to the Salton Sea, but somehow, our GPS caused us to miss out on Slab City, so we'll now have to live it vicariously thru you! - and maybe buy the teeshirt from you to add to my collection of Artstream shirts!

After a cold winter in Florida last winter, we plan to head to the South West once more this coming winter - mainly to Tucson, but who knows where we will wind up! We are nothing if not flexible!

How long do you expect to be in Slab City? Be nice to have someone to show us the ropes if we made it there this time!

I think it is close to the place where the old bloke has built "Resurrection mountain?"

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:40 PM   #16
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Not to be a weinie here, but...................

is it safe there?

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Old 10-25-2010, 10:02 PM   #17
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Not to be a weinie here, but...................

is it safe there?

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. . . both from a personal perspective, and how do they handle the necessary sanitation requirements.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:41 AM   #18
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Mad Max meets Good Sams

Think of it as MAD MAX meets GOOD SAMS


What Slab City Is:
  • Free camping. It’s a spot of abandoned, state-owned land where hundreds of travelers from all over the world come to stay for free, some permanently, others just to ride out winter. Call us squatters, if you will, since nobody has “official” permission to be here.
  • Serious Boondocking. There are no facilities whatsoever: no electricity, water, or trash. Nothing. The closest dump station is 8 miles away.
  • Kinda trashy, in places. Yes, there is some garbage and abandoned RVs around. The state doesn’t care about this spot, and the closest city refuses to clean it up since residents don’t pay to be here. It’s up to campers to be responsible for taking trash to town, and like any neighborhood, some people are better about this than others.
  • Very Social. There is much to do and see here, including social clubs, a couple of concert stages, a library, an 18 hole golf course, a church, hot springs, and more. We’ve been to two potlucks, and seem to be doing something every night of the week. We’ve never been so active in one location before.
  • Safety. While it's not Disney World, it's not East L.A. If you camp in the right area or with friends it's a safe as anyplace.
part 2 soon...
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:38 AM   #19
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I think a rally at Slab City this winter might be in order. ??


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Old 10-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #20
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I think a rally at Slab City this winter might be in order. ??
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As always, we may get lost or distracted along the way, but we're passing through that area in mid January. It would be a real treat to see some familiar screen names, and silver.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:11 AM   #21
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Maybe the WBCCI could hold their next international there. Mental picture of the IBT members!
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #22
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Maybe the WBCCI could hold their next international there. Mental picture of the IBT members!

Thanks for the visual, Paula. I've often said Perry was my first and last International. But I would make an exception in this case.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:40 PM   #23
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I feel like I must have been living in a cave. I never heard of Slab City before. You never know what one can learn on the AS Forum!
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Post The Slabs pt2

Part 2

Slab City: The Last Free Place
Do come here with an open mind if you plan to visit. Many people we know would be completely offended by the post-apocalyptic look of the place.
What Slab City Isn’t:
  • Lawless. Contrary to how the media portrays it, I don’t feel in any more in danger here than I do in most cities. Sure, there are some sketchy looking characters, but if you keep away from them, they’ll most likely keep away from you. The county sheriff makes regular runs through here, and Border Patrol is constantly driving through.
  • Depressing. There is more creativity here than any tidy suburban neighborhood I’ve been to. Residents have contributed many hours of labor to build free amenities like the golf course (with free equipment!), concert stages, church, or the public shower down near the springs. I’m impressed that people would do so much with so little, in such an unforgiving desert environment. Now if they could only get it together to do something about the trash . . .
  • Mainstream. It’s as if someone took a sampling of every kind of ethnicity, personality type and mental disorder, and shipped them here. There are international travelers, old folks, musicians, fulltime Rvers, wandering travelers and offroad enthusiasts, all camped out in the same area as drifters, people struggling with addictions, mental illness and/or homelessness. Everyone seems to get along, following a live and let live attitude.
The desert scenery outside Slab City is beautiful, surrounded by a rugged mountain range. On most days, you can look east to the Chocolate Mountains, about 2 miles away, and watch the US Navy spend your tax dollars by practicing bombing runs and playing war games in the air.I took two hour bike rides without seeing another soul. My friend Bill, (I just met him a few days ago and he is the closest camper to me) Is leaving in a few days, "I'm to old for this" says he. "I used to come here in the 80's, with my late wife." Bill is leaving for a park with hook-ups. But he did give me a few tips.


For those who want to know about hook-ups, this is boondocking folks. That's why your Airstream has tanks.


Of course SOLAR is king here, but many casual boondockers relay on generators.


Water and dump at the Niland Community center $5.00
Propane in Niland
Gas in Niland
Grocery store in Niland


in part 3, the clubs/tribes...


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Bill is leaving for a park with hook-ups. But he did give me a few tips.
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Great information and pictures, Michael. Can't wait Part 3, clubs/tribes.
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Sounds like a place everyone should visit once, even if they don't stay long!

I had a friend who spent the winters at Quartzite? Is that the same place or something similar? Because it sounds a lot like his description of the place.
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QZ is in AZ, not CA.

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