Always game for a scenic overlook, I was excited to find that Joshua Tree National Park was home to Keys View where landmarks such as Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault and the Salton Sea are visible. On clear days, Mexico’s Signal Mountain, approximately 90 miles away, is visible. Located 21 miles south of the … More Keys View
“I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.” – Joy Harjo.
In spite of the expense and grief ridden decision making process, funerals are fairly cut and dry quiet affairs; thoughtful and loving farewells to family and friends hopefully resting in peace. Logically then, the story of Gram Parsons’ should have ended with his death in Room 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn. For those who … More Joshua Tree Memorial
One thing that is not lacking at the Joshua Tree Inn is Gram Parson Memorabilia. It seems as if many have stopped by for a moment, an hour, or a night, leaving kind words or small trinkets of gratitude; paying homage to a talent that was swept away too soon. This memory board is tacked … More Gram Memorabilia
My husband’s steadfast loyalty is admirable. His affinity to Gram Parsons is a wonderful example. “I want to go to Joshua Tree and pay tribute to Gram Parsons.” “Who is Gram Parsons?” I asked many years ago. He shook his head in disbelief, perhaps even contemplating the legitimacy of our marriage. “Just one of the … More Bucket List – The Joshua Tree Inn
The town was empty, as was our tank, but anticipation overflowed as we cruised down Route 66. Like many of its neighbors, Seligman is a town with character. Character was definitely abundant in the Rusty Bolt. Drawn by the icons that flanked the second floor, we took the bait and crossed the threshold. The woman … More Seligman Arizona
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He was ruddy and a bit unkempt, but willing to make our acquaintance. Unfettered by the trappings of a traditional American life, his quest was for meaning and purpose. At the outset, the topics of our conversation ranged from travels, to his dog, named Duck, to family. And then, a connection was made. He had … More Fellow Sojourner
His family immigrated to the United States, fleeing violence caused by the Mexican Revolution. Born in 1912 in a cave on this side of the Texas border, my grandfather, Sixto Zubiate, was a confident, industrious man who seemingly responded to adversity as an opportunity for growth. With little more than a fourth grade education and … More Taking the Train
In 2012, en route to the Grand Canyon, we stopped in Flagstaff, spending the better part of the evening exploring downtown. The town was lively and fun. In fact, I became friendly with a rather colorful character. Perhaps it was just me, a little on edge from pretty much being in lockdown for the better … More Scenes From Flagstaff