More desert stories…

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1930’s tower.

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When I stood up, a coyote about 12 feet away lumbered off into the brush.

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Not a small bobcat track.

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Old shacks.

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Someone could make this work.

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Someone named Nancy used to live here, based on evidence left behind, it was in the 1980’s.

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She also left behind a large selection of Christian-themed cassette tapes.

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This book was in the back of the garden shed. It is full of sexual passages.

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dpgrandpashouse.jpgThis little homestead is like hanging out at grandpa’s.

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Things got Lynchian pretty quickly at this place.

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fantasydesertisland.jpgWelcome to Fantasy desert Island.

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What is happening here, filming in the desert, a California tradition.

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dpspiritof76.jpgSpirit of ’76 in the homesteader cabin.

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dpsummitsnake.jpgRattlers in the rocks.

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A desert lady is making an alien. Why, who knows.

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She also has a robot.

What I learned that weekend:

The wildlife and the feeling of the air is wonderful and the winters are beautiful as well.  It’s definitely a place that has a magnetic, cleansing feeling; necessary to go to now and then. However, in terms of finding the right spot, that’s the challenge.

There are a lot of Jesus fanatics and meth heads in Yucca Valley. A guy in a hospital gown (open in back) and arm in a sling, limped into the thrift store, bought a coffee mug for a quarter and left. No one batted an eye. California!

The coyotes are flourishing and getting smarter every day. It takes a lot of work to keep them off your property but it can be done without shooting them which is what the locals do for sport. There are doves, rabbits, huge hares, vultures, snakes, lizards, various wildcats, and canines. The sounds are minimal and beautiful except at night when the coyotes wail, which is also amazing.

It is one of the few affordable places to buy land even if you don’t live there permanently it is not terrible hiding out for a while. You can build pretty much whatever you want but be prepared to fight the authorities over water related issues.

You can find treasures. It is so dry that things preserve for a long time. Hiking around is pretty fun, as long as you pay attention.

 

Desert stories

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The desert of the 50’s, small shops and vacation/retirement homes.

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Cholla Forest Pinto Basin Joshua Tree National Monument 1947 by Harlow Jones

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Modern homestead in Wonder Valley
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5 acres of desert land for $15,000 in Lander’s CA. got me intrigued enough to check it out for myself, and to read Kim Stringfellow’s fun and interesting book:  Jack Rabbit Homestead http://www.kimstringfellow.com/portfolio_page/jackrabbit-homestead/

What I found on part of the land:

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Remnants of previous life: ceramics, huge TV, vinyl records identify these artifacts to be around  40 years old….

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Famous tourist attraction and new-age mecca, The Integratron has a story rooted in science fiction and mysticism from the 1950’s:DSCN0076

One of many sources that tell the story of the man who built it, etc.  http://www.labyrinthina.com/amazing-integratron-at-giant-rock.html.

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We lay on the floor and listen to vibrating crystals..if you love sci fi mystery and/or have ASMR this is the place for you!

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Many artists have moved to the desert so they can own an affordable home and do their art, most become inspired by the feeling of the land and decide to stay permanently.TowerHomestead800Pie for the People wall muralbbkit2katie2kitchwallbuilt_in_the_desert_tx700Desert-Arts

The Oasis of Mara can be seen in the distance in this mid-century photo:TheOasisOfMara-29Palms

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Yucca Valley consignment store holds many strange items.
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Miscellaneous abandoned homesteads scattered throughout the California desert. photo credit: Kim Stringfellow from

http://www.kimstringfellow.com/portfolio_page/jackrabbit-homestead/

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