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So Long Slab City (for now)

Sometimes a place compels you to return over and over again. For us, that place is Slab City, the last free place on earth.

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New Lizard Tree Library open mic stage.

Ever since our first visit with Skinny Chef and Flux several years ago, we can’t get enough of the place.

Truth is, most people who visit are appalled by the Slabs. They just can’t get past the garbage.

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Wyatt has a problem with unregulated Slabber dogs.

And everyone who is curious but not brave enough to make the trek wants to know, “Is it really as bad as they say it is?”

To that we say: do you really believe everything you see and hear on the Internet?

We left for a night to dump at Fountain of Youth.

If so, well then sorry for you. Go plug in at your cozy cookie-cutter RV park and enjoy. We’ll pass.

The Slabs aren’t for everyone but if you have an open mind and heart you’re bound to enjoy yourself. Stick around, get to know your neighbors and do things. Pretty soon you might find that it grows on you.

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This gal was a great musician!

Slab City Lizard Tree Library Update

My heart was very happy to see that Cornelius and crew continue making the Library a happy hangout for locals and drive-by tourists alike.

The Lizard Tree Library lives on.

The library is more organized than ever thanks to an actual “staff.” Clearly they’ve been busy decorating.

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Follow the library rules and nobody gets hurt.

Tons more books line the shelves and although it takes some digging, everyone can find something that appeals to their interests.

Slab City Lizard Tree Library book

Yep, it’s a real book.

Sure it’s a little dusty. Don’t like it? Bring a dustcloth and get to work, slacker!

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Volunteers are always welcome at the library.

Slab City 2016 in a Nutshell

Every year is different at the Slabs. This year we felt more like tourists than Snabbers since we only stayed two weeks before moving on. Many of the same great people were here. Of course some never left.

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Oh Stickman, you are unforgettable.

But a few things were different from last year. Fences and boundary lines are everywhere thanks in part to a solar farm that got built down the road. The construction company left huge heaps of pallets.

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The newest Slab City business is open to visitors.

But instead of burning them, Slabber ingenuity turned the pallets into all sorts of crafty structures, from outhouses to fences for things like the new Slab City Hostel.

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Slabbers know how to make good use of materials.

The hostel gets my award for the best entrepreneurial effort at the Slabs this year. There’s a lot of fun energy with creative, beautiful people running the show.

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Balou and friends keep the hostel running smoothly.

But a close second is George’s Off-Grid Experience, an AirB&B rental. OK, maybe you just get the bed when you stay. But it’s still cool.

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Yes, it’s a real off-grid rental in Slab City.

Geographically-speaking the Slabs are also getting bigger. We saw more people than ever camped beyond the Library into the adjacent desert.

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Thoughts are bigger than they first appear at Slab City.

We also noticed less trash. Someone is paying for weekly garbage service, no idea who. We didn’t use the dumpster though and hauled our trash out. I felt that it should be reserved for residents only.

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The land of broken toys and misfits.

Otherwise it was a short but sweet visit in a place like no other spot in America. We’ll be back again.

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