Monday, June 08, 2009

A Desert Tour

If you watched the video in my previous post, you might need a more in depth and personal tour of the desert to understand what the high desert could have brought the Olympic community. Oh no, it's not the glorious golf courses, fine dining and mega bucks shopping of Palm Springs. It's that vast, endless desert between San Bernardino and Las Vegas.

So I thought I'd share with you some of my "favorite" sights of the Southern California Desert.

This is Zuni Road. See that small cluster of homes on the left? There are 3 houses there. Until I left for college, I lived in 2 of those 3 homes. Isolation is a part of desert living and I certainly got my credentials in it.

The desert landscape and those who inhibit it tend to have a certain persona.As strange as these dinosaur sculptures are, they seem to fit in this environment.

Or maybe I just watched too much Land of the Lost when I was little so I've convinced myself that it's acceptable.

Every now and then, you'll actually catch sight of a pretty cool looking Joshua Tree. But they're few and far between.

More often than not, you get amazing junkyard views.

Or homes ready to be remodeled.

Sometimes I wonder why we ever left. I mean...why would we choose this:

Over this?

Riddle me that, Batman.
I joke about the desert a lot. Really, it's very easy to mock. As you can see. But if it weren't for that small desert town I grew up in, I wouldn't have some of the most important people who stand by my side.


rosemary said...

It does take a special person to live in the desert.....I remember those dinosaurs....they look a little worn. Joshua Trees are like can see things in spider legs or monkeys.

Shammickite said...

I think those dinosaurs are about to become extinct.
Love those desert pictures, it's SO different from the countryside I am used to.
Reminds me of that horrific drive from Barstow to Las Vegas in a car that kept overheating so we had to drive with the heat blowing full blast to keep the engine cool and it was over 100F outside and the car kept breaking down and we had to stop by the side of the road many times and I sat on the ground curled up under an umbrella cos I couldn't stand the sun on me any more and I just sat there and cried.
Ah happy days!

Anonymous said...

You lived out there?! I could NOT do that. I am not a "desert person".

Stacey @toomanyscarves