GREAT READ WRITER CHUCKS POLITICAL BLOG TO COVER, IN PRINT ONLY, WEIRD AND WILD OF THE DESERT
|Ken Layne at the Palms, Wonder Valley|
"Ken Layne is driving past Wonder Valley — an unincorporated community he calls the 'weird cousin' of Joshua Tree. He is uneasy. Years ago he got a speeding ticket on this road and it cost him $600. Now he sets the cruise control on his car to 59 mph every time he drives out here.
"'This is prime bighorn sheep territory,' he says, looking beyond the plastic coyote on his dashboard toward the wide-open vistas. 'There are no signs of people except for us.'
"He points out the dust devils spinning off in the distance. This is his life now."The Desert Oracle is available at the Palms, and I wrote a piece for the Summer issue about how you can tell if you're a desert rat. I suggest getting a subscription - one year for $15 and it comes right to wherever you get your mail.
Hat tip (h/t) to Jay Babcock of Joshua Tree.