A virtual tour
This Web site features an interactive virtual tour of a quirky roadside attraction called Salvation Mountain. It's located near a tiny town named Niland (rhymes with "island"), not too far from the Salton Sea in the southeast region of California, U.S.A.
A massive work of folk art, Salvation Mountain is being created by a man named Leonard Knight, who has been building it for nearly 25 years. Knight hopes the mountain's fame will help spread his non-denominational message that "God Is Love." (The mountain recently appeared in Sean Penn's film "Into the Wild.")
All photos in this virtual tour were taken on the scorching hot day of August 28, 2007. Chances are that Salvation Mountain has changed a lot since then. This tour is but a snapshot of a work in perpetual progress.
Located within this virtual tour is a Treasure Hunt that challenges you to find a series of clues hidden throughout Salvation Mountain. Once completed, you will get a prize in the form of a "virtual meeting" with Leonard Knight. To start the virtual tour, read the directions at the right.
If you like this virtual tour, please email snubblecom [at] yahoo.com to let me know – especially if you make it through the Treasure Hunt. I will eventually post a list of finishers and their comments.
You are also strongly encouraged to visit Salvation Mountain in person and say hello to Mr. Knight, who is friendly, good-natured and loves giving tours and telling stories. (Note: This Web site is in no way affiliated with Knight, nor is its motivation religious.)
If you'd like more background and biographical information about the mountain and its creator, here is another Web site that is recommended. This article from the San Diego Union-Tribune is also very good.