Monday, January 20, 2014

Left Behind

This old windmill still stands watch over the desert, about halfway out on the trail to Wall Street Mine ruins in Joshua Tree. A level, pleasant walk on a cool winter's day.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Day of Old Stuff

Had not been down to the desert for a while, so we took ride out to have lunch at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown, just a short side trip off the main road on the way to Joshua Tree.  This little town was built in the 1940's as a live-in movie set for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, among others...lots of movies and TV shows used to be filmed here and it's still standing, preserved in the middle of nowhere about 5 miles north of the town of Yucca Valley. Quite a few artists and musicians live around Joshua Tree and there's also a popular recording studio nearby, so if you happen into Pappy and Harriets on the right night, you might be surprised to see some world-class band taking over the stage... many have.
Wandering around and snapping the old buildings got me in a groove for the rest of the day of enjoying all the great aging, textured stuff out here in the high desert. A little break from my usual pure landscape stuff.