Thursday, September 29, 2016

Desert Trail Column, September 29, 2016

Another Wonder Valley Music Festival will take place at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, on Saturday, October 1 from 6 to midnight. Artists include Ben Vaughn Ensemble, The Sibleys, High Noon Whiskey, Dan Montgomery, Michael Starr, Insect Surfers, Mister Paradise and Helene Renaut. Admission is free, and onsite camping is available. Call 760-361-2810 for further information.

Ben Vaughn
Since the birthstone for October is the opal, and the flower is the calendula, we send out Rainbows-of-Opals-and-Calendulas to Ron Root who turns 54 this week. Happy birthday, Ron!

Karen’s Commentary: If you have a pet emergency when a vet’s not available, you have two destination options. The animal urgent care (Banning Veterinary Hospital) in Banning is open until 11 pm and is located on Ramsey, west of Sunset. Call 951-849-6234. The VCA Animal Emergency Hospital is open 24/7 and is located in Indio at 46920 Jefferson Street, across from Home Depot. Call 760-289-5578.

Darlene’s Commentary: What a lovely rain last week! I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a fall bloom of wildflowers. (All you need is water.) Thank you, Mother Nature! Now, about that wind. I’m pretty sure that we had gusts here in Wonder Valley that clocked around 70 mph or better. Hour after hour wind screamed like a cyclone, and whatever items in the yard that were creaking and banging out there in the pitch-dark, sand-blasting wind were sure to be found somewhere down the road, maybe with an Arizona address! 
Next morning, I walked out into warm sunshine with clear skies and a gentle breeze. When my eyes had adjusted to the brightness I surveyed my yard . . . and everything in sight had a thick layer of fine sand-like dust, undisturbed, covering car, trucks, trees, cacti, chairs and table. The ground looked like no one had been in this piece of desert for a hundred years! (Twilight Zone music, please.)

Reach Out Morongo Basin will provide a free ride to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick-up is at The Palms at 10 am and return is at 2 pm. If you have a transportation problem and cannot get to The Palms, they will go to your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: Television and PC screens are electrically charged, which causes them to attract dust. Since dryer sheets are designed to reduce static cling, they’ll remove dust and prevent it from resettling for several days. Polish glass screens with the sheets after they’ve been in the dryer, for a softer texture.

Thought for Today: “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.” – Mae West

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

Wonder Valley sunrise the day after a dust storm.