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Slab City

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.”- Anais Nin

 

 

 Slab City

Camp Dunlap
Calipatria, CA 92233
33.258759, -115.462421
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From Wikipedia:

Slab City or The Slabs is a snowbird campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine barracks of Camp Dunlap.

Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. These "snowbirds" stay only for the winter, before migrating north in the spring to cooler climates. The temperatures during the summer are unforgiving (as high as 120 °F) (48 °C); nonetheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents who live in the Slabs all year round. Some of these "Slabbers" derive their living by way of government checks (SSI and Social Security and Social Security Disability) and have been driven to the Slabs through poverty. Others have moved to The Slabs to learn how to live off the grid and to be left alone. Still others have moved there to stretch their retirement income.

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The site is both decommissioned and uncontrolled, and there is no charge for parking. The camp has no electricity, no running water, no sewers nor toilets, and no trash pickup service. Many campers use generators or solar panels to generate electricity. Supplies can be purchased in nearby Niland, California, located about four miles (6 km) to the southwest of Slab City. Geologically the Earth's crust at Slab City is about 1.5 miles thick." Read more on the Wikipedia page

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Personal Experience:   I'm not really sure what direction to go with this page because I could go so many different ways. We did not explore Slab City too long because for me, personally, it was a rather suffocating energy.  I think I'm too sensitive to these types of things though.  I respect living off the grid, the free-thinkers, artist communities--that is all beautiful.  Slab City is all of that except with a completely dark and sinister twist which you would have to be blind & deaf to not catch onto.


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Their church:

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Welcome to the town's internet cafe:


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This is a highly complex community that cannot really be lumped into one category besides having a few common grounds--living off the grid & as far away from the "man" as possible. This is an area with no rules and where one is left to do whatever pleases them. When man is given that type of freedom, almost anything is possible.  Then top that off with the type of people that are heading out here: many whom are running away from some sort of trouble they were once part of.  For that reason, there is a very thick, swallowing energy and it saddens me.  In a way, it is a collection of people who just couldn't handle the "real" world. That has the potential to be wonderful if everyone keeps a level head and unites to create health & beauty, but one gets the feeling that levelheadedness is almost looked down upon out here.


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A bunch of little friends came running up to me here.  That was probably the best part of the Slab City trip for me:


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The owner of the internet cafe:


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On the flip side, I have done my fair share of research and am truly impressed with what they're doing on many levels. The amount of innovation going on and self-sustainability is truly admirable. They are treating this place as its own town complete with a dance hall, church, internet cafe, hot spring and even a city council with board members.  For many people, this is the only place that they can call home, and on top of that, the only place they've ever truly felt at home.  This is heaven on earth for many of them and I completely respect that.  

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And their bicycle repair shop:


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This looks SO similar to Chris McCandless' bus from Into the Wild!

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If I had to attempt to describe Slab City I would say it is a sophisticated homeless shelter created by the people for the people. You would probably feel safer visiting here than, say, skid row--although there are still plenty of shady people. There are also extremely intelligent, kind and talented folks and I would not suggest assuming much of anything or underestimating them. There is a force out here.





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'The Range' is their night entertainment venue.  I believe there are weekly events held on Saturday:


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It comes complete with a snack bar:

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One of the residents, Sandy, turned a chunk of her home into an art gallery:

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Engraved at the bottom reads 'Because of You':

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Her oven made out of hardened mud, chicken wire and trash:

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Brilliant!

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The artist with one of her paintings:

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