On Saturday we planned to take a day trip to “The Slabs” or Slab City, but after doing a little research we realized it would be more than a day trip and that we should at least stay the night.
Slab City is 640 acres and located near the Salton Sea. It is a designated “free place” where people can live in their RV’s. It attracts snowbirds, artists, runaways and homeless.
We had heard of The Slabs, but it wasn’t until our friends Adam and Susan showed us pictures of their visit that made us really want to go. One thing they recommended, was that we find a guy named “Radio Mike” who lives there in his Airstream.
Well, Saturday morning when we decided to go for the night we convinced the other Airstreamers with us to go as well. When we got to The Slabs it seemed pretty spread out. We ended up splitting up to find a good place to camp. Rich called us and said he had found Radio Mike and there was lots of parking by him.
We unhitched so we could scout sites a little easier, so we went over to see where they all ended up. Mike asked where we left our trailer, and when we told him he responded with “Oh that’s a bad side of town.” We hurried back to get it and ended up parking right next to Mike.
After setting up, we sat in front of Mike’s trailer getting to know him. It turns out that Mike is an artist responsible for some famous Airstream Life magazine covers. We ended up buying two small prints for the trailer and two large ones for some day in the far future.
Mike is known at The Slabs as “Radio Mike” because he has a pirate radio station that plays a great mix of music. If you’re in the area tune in: 96.3.
Our visit to Slab City happened to occur on a very special night. It was the end of the season and the community was throwing it’s annual prom. Pictured above, Mike in his tutu.
Dinner Last Night:
Broccoli Stir Fry. I made this pretty much to recipe, just added a side of rice. It was great.
2013 Cost of Camping:
16 nights paid camping
74 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $495.75
Daily average cost of camping: $5.51