20 year old Hannah smoking weed. She was a carpenter when she left her hometown, New York in January 2017. She arrived in Slab City in February 2017 and after meeting her boyfriend Zack, her one week stay became longer. Hannah is the only child and her family members are scattered across the United States. Her mother re-married a few years ago and her father is marrying another man in September and Hannah will be walking him down the aisle.
'I don't like the snow and cold. I don't like the hot desert either. I have read books on Buddhism and they give me serenity. When I found my dog, I was feeling lost and confused so I named him Buddha.'
Slab City, known as The Slabs, is named for its areas of concrete where for many years, since the military based closed, people have parked their RVs as they travel south for the winter. There is also a permanent community of 'Slabbers', around 200 people, who have established themselves living free in the Sonoran Desert where temperatures can reach 48 Celsius in the summer and, while there is no rent, there is also no water, electricity or services. Slabbers are an eclectic bunch often escaping poverty but also holding in common the desire to escape the rules and order of society in what they like to call 'the last free place on earth'.