Thursday, October 22, 2015

Desert Trail Column, October 22, 2015

The Morongo Basin Haven Project Connect outreach event will be held on Thursday, October 22 at the Sportsman’s Club, 6226 Sunburst Road in Joshua Tree from 10 to 3. Assistance will be available in obtaining free dental care, family support, housing support, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, employment services and more. For information, contact Elizabeth Kirkland at 760-820-4714 or Wayne Hamilton at 760-401-0375.

Reverse sunset over the Sheep Hole Mountains, October 18, 2015
The Wonder Valley Thrift Store on Godwin Road, just north of Highway 62, will be holding a Fall Blowout Sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 22 through 24 from 9 am to 5 pm. Everything is half-price. Don’t miss it! For information, call 831-227-1948.

Orville and Sharon Fangmeyer celebrate 53 years together this week. Happy anniversary, Sharon and Orville!

Darlene’s Commentary: I have experienced lots of storms, braved two major hurricanes, huge thunderstorms in Texas, and a pelting hailstorm in Wyoming that covered every vehicle in the vicinity with hundreds of golf ball-size dents, but the storm that broke the sky open in Friday’s wee hours was the most spectacular, incredibly amazing lightning display that I have ever seen here in our desert or anywhere else on this planet. Bolts of lightning, huge fat wide highly-charged bolts, were connecting the Earth to the sky, accompanied by booming thunder, strike after strike. And what a downpour! Not just a pitter-patter on the roof, it was more like Niagara Falls. So incredibly amazing. After this rain, my hope for wildflowers has been renewed.

Karen’s Commentary: Yes, the electrical storm the other night was absolutely spectacular. I don’t ever remember seeing one so intense. Our dad, Jerry Borquez, was always one of the most calm, cool and collected people on Earth. He always told us during very tense moments (like earthquakes and electrical storms) to open the curtains, pull up a chair, get comfy and enjoy Mother Nature’s show. I wish he’d been here to share this one with us – he would’ve loved it!

The Wonder Valley Community Center is open every Monday (except holidays) from 9 to noon. Star Javier is there to answer any questions and help find solutions for concerns about our area. Call her at 760-367-9880 for further information.

Handy Hint: Carpools aren’t just for commuting to work. Anytime you can find a group of people who all want to go to the same place at the same time, organizing a carpool can save a bundle and help the environment at the same time.

Thought for Today: An egg is expensive, but it’s a day’s work for a hen.

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.