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by Lloyd Treichel





Dateline: October 29, 2006 -- Desert Hot Springs, CA

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Joshua Tree National Park... Before arriving here, I was at parked at Yucca Valley where this nearby national park provided some much needed hiking. The photos below are an example of many of the rock "piles" that provide for great technical rock climbing -- or just rock scrambling. The photo on the right is called Skull Rock for obvious reasons. It does seem appropriate for this time of year.




Pioneertown... is located about ten miles from Yucca Valley. The town was founded in 1946 as a permanent movie set. Over the years, 200 films and TV westerns were filmed there and in the surrounding area. With little else to pass my time here, I took a few photos and went on my way. The saloon restaurant is closed two days a week and that managed to coincide with the day I visited.


With elections coming up...

To my Colorado readers... Vote Bill Ritter for your governor. Before I retired and began my full time RVing, I lived next door to Bill and his family. Everyone should have neighbors like the Ritters who care about and are involved in their community.

Vanity Plates...

REKRE8N -- at a trailhead in Joshua Tree

LUVTLAF -- owner's name is Elmo? goes to comedy clubs?

MERI WDW -- the lady driver tells all

N2LAWS2 -- making or enforcing them?

FRSTWYF -- Married to a bigamist??

Recent Reads...

Getting Stoned With The Savages by J. Maarten Troost. This is the second of the author's books (first book was The Sex Lives of Cannibals) which relates his life on a remote island in the South Pacific. In his first book, that world was new and refreshing. He discovered a life and world so very remote from the Washington DC world he had left behind. There was no way to relate those two worlds. After another stay in the States, upon returning to the islands, the refreshing spontaneity of his first book is missing in this second book.

In this book, the author will soon be a father. That puts a completely different focus on life. What was okay for an independent free spirit no longer works. Pre-natal care, doctors and hospitals are in short supply -- or absent -- on the remote island. To create a world something close to the US, the author and his wife move to Fuji. It is a "big" step up from the remote island, but the US world of infrastructure and endless choices is still absent.

Although I preferred his first book, his humor and wry observations are also found through out this second book. A very enjoyable read.

No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland. Written in 1940, the author, born on cattle ranch in New Mexico in 1874, tells of her life growing up in the "Wild West". She relates stories of growing up on a horse, round ups, grizzly bear hunts, outlaws and Indians. She tells of her life going to school in the East and returning to for summers to help out with ranching.

With warm recollection and great story telling, she tells of those early years when ranching -- and life --depended on horse power. The stories continue into the early part of the 20th century with the changes the new century. She is humorous, philosophical and very entertaining as she recalls her life.

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. The book starts out as a travelogue of Australia, but very quickly the reader realizes not much will be learned about that continent down under. Instead, the author seems to make the point that in our evolutionary ancestry we were nomads by nature. The permanent settling down and our sedentary existence is the antithesis of our human spirit. Australia's Aboriginal "walk about" is part of that nomadic drive.

With my nomadic existence on wheels, I am always on the lookout for "support" in this life style. Chatwin gives me the excuse that "movement" is in my genes.

I didn't find the book an easy read. Perhaps the point about nomadism that the author intended to make was overwhelming. In the end this book became part travelogue, essay and quotes from his own notebooks.

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