Thursday, March 1, 2018

Desert Trail Column, March 1, 2018

Lift Transportation is a service of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. With three wheelchair-friendly vans, they provide free transportation from your home to medical appointments anywhere in the Morongo Basin, then return you to your home. And, yes, they do travel on dirt roads! Their drivers provide “door-through-door” service and cater to seniors and the disabled. Contact Lift at 760-366-5438 or

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Highway 62, will host an artists reception on Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured artists will be Cathren Barhsdale and Tom Corvellas. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, plus music by Hunter and the Wicked. This show runs through March 25. For information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.

Since the birthstone for March is the aquamarine and the flower is the jonquil, we send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Sandy Mitchell and Tonya Briggs who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Tonya and Sandy!

Johhny Cash eating his birthday cake.
Karen’s Commentary: Giving my space to the bird!

Darlene’s Commentary:  My daughter Julie and I were leaving my house when we saw a beautiful hawk standing on the dirt berm with an injured wing. Julie caught him fairly easily and wrapped him in a soft sweatshirt while I got numbers from Karen for injured wildlife. After frantically dialing several numbers, I received a call back directing us to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center where Wildlife Bio-technician Kristin Lalumiere was waiting for us. When we arrived, several park rangers and a small crowd of people gathered around Julie’s truck to see the hawk and listen to Kristin’s assessment. She said that the broken wing was quite serious, but because he’s only about a year old, he has a chance for recovery, and she offered to take him to The Living Desert for medical care. Also, he’s not a hawk, he’s a prairie falcon! I wish to thank Kristin, the rangers and others who were willing to stop what they were doing on a moment’s notice to help a beautiful injured bird.

Reach Out Morongo Basin offers free rides to and from the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick up/drop off is at The Palms at 10 a.m./2 p.m. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, ROMB will come to your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: An orchid plant can go as long as 18 months without blooming. As long as the leaves are firm and uniformly green, it should produce flowers again.

Today’s Thought: Just as humans have distinctive fingerprints, dogs have nose prints – no two are the same.

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

View of the salt mines from the east.